Thursday, December 20, 2012

A few words about the tragedy in Newtown...

Let me start by saying that this isn't a political rant. None of you care about what I think about gun control, mental illness, or violence; nor should you. You have your opinions, and I fully respect and encourage all of them. But what happened last Friday in the town of Newtown was one of the most heartbreaking events I have experienced in my lifetime.

For those of you who don't know, we are based in New York, north of New York City. We were close to the events of September 11, 2001. Our town, and the surrounding ones, were full of NYC firefighters and police, so we were all thrown into the middle of a terrible tragedy in American history. Even the things that transpired that day didn't crush me the way the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings did. Only an hour from our office, a school and community were changed forever. It would seem that an entire country, and probably a good portion of people around the world, were affected in some profound way by what took place.

This is a small operation, made up of a few dedicated people in our office (the attic of my house). The name of our site, Sorrow Eternal, has never seemed more appropriate. There aren't a lot of options for us to show our support for the victims, their families, and their community. So, we decided to do the best we could.

From now until February 1st, the money from every copy of The Sampler, Volume 1 that we sell will go to the United Way of Connecticut, in their efforts to help the people of Newtown. For every physical copy of the CD that sells, via our Bandcamp, all $6 with be donated. For every digital copy, all $5 will go to them. The album has tracks from some of the best new artists from across the globe, including: Sam Locke, Blizzard At Sea, Skogen, Project Masquerade, As Autumn Calls, Northsong, Astral Winter, Echoterra, An Autumn For Crippled Children, Ogen, Kromlek, and our good friend Dan Klyne and Appalachian Winter.

I know that we won't be able to make a huge difference, but I firmly believe that we, as a metal community, a brotherhood of people (mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters) can be heard.

Head over to our Bandcamp site to hear the tracks, and get yourself a copy in some form. Or, feel free to contribute to the United Way and their efforts here.

Thank you for reading.

- Darrell

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