Much like after the terrorist attack in Paris at Bataclan, metal bands from around the globe have issued statements in support of the victims of the recent mass shooting in Florida, as well as releasing rainbow-themed merch with profits going towards charities to help the survivors.
The Demoliton Man Tony Dolan, frontman for Venom Inc., has issued the following statement regarding the tragic attack in Orlando at the Pulse night club this weekend:
“Currently we are touring North America again. The diversity of people makes me feel proud to be a citizen of the world in the most amazing countries that have a real pride in who they are and what they stand for! Yet still this terror over religious affiliations exist. We get stopped from playing a shown ’cause we are satanic, but now a murderous spree happens in Florida where innocent people are killed for doing nothing more than being in a land that holds true value on freedom.
“It could be despairing and my heart goes to those dead and their families. Humans create such atrocities but we cannot and must not give in to terror…fear is hiding away….let them feel the wrath of our strength! An eye for an eye…but innocents must not be the target. That would serve to make us like them and WE are more than that.”
Caricature also posted this message online via Facebook: “These are the faces and just small blurbs about them. People that had rich lives and had impact on lives around them. They all went out for the same reason: to have a fun night and not hurt anyone…
“When will our culture and society see that it’s not just about the shooter, its about how we all act. It’s the way we all treat each other and tolerate such blind hatred. It’s the way we demean others for no reason other than to inflate our own egos. It’s the way we all overlook the world around us and let things go to shit while pointing the finger at everyone else rather than doing what we can to support a better environment for everyone regardless of if they are like ourselves or not. If someone isn’t hurting anyone else, then they have earned the right to live in peace.”
A Sound Of Thunder commented: “Our condolences to the families and friends of everyone involved in this horrible attack. The previous night, a singer named Christina Grimmie was also shot and killed at a venue she was performing in. These are some scary and violent times, Legion of Thunder. Be safe out there, but don’t let these villains scare us into not performing. Go to shows. Show them that we are stronger than them.
“We’ve decided to put our money where our mouths are, and now have a pre-order link for our ASoT rainbow design on a t-shirt. Let’s help erase hatred by standing up for our friends and family. Profits from these t-shirts will go toward the Matthew Shepard Foundation. We will not break.”
The Reticent issued this statement: “Words are at once inadequate to express our condolences, sympathies, and thoughts to all those affected by yet another act of cowardly hatred. With facts still yet to be learned, wounds yet to be sutured, and many unaware if their loved ones are alright, we beg you to keep focus on helping those in need. When things this senseless happen it creates in all of us that feeling of helplessness. We want someone to blame, something at which to point the righteous finger of anger, revenge to be taken, and solutions to present themselves.
“Please before you begin down such roads, allow whatever emotions course through you to run their course and come from a place of clear thinking rather than emotional overload. Right now, the thing to do is help those who need helping. That is something that you CAN do RIGHT NOW! Orlando is in great need of blood to replenish their supply – O Negative blood especially (but I am sure all donations are welcome). Please consider donating at this location or call 1-888-9DONATE. This is a way to actually do something, so please consider donating. In the meantime, our thoughts will be with those that lost their lives, those who are healing from injury, and the many more that will be forever scarred by this deplorable act.”
In a show of solidarity for the primarily LGBT victims of the shooting spree, Anathema posted this image online: