Following on from the release of their debut album Sleeping Giant, British metallers Atarka have teamed with the label Apocalyptic Witchcraft for the release of a ten track compilation record titled Heavy Pandemic: Ten Bangers For The NHS with all money raised going to the NHS.
Heavy Pandemic: Ten Bangers For The NHS is a charity sampler to be released by Death Mask and Apocalyptic Witchcraft in aid of “NHS Charities Together” during the COVID-19 crisis, set to release on June 1st. The compilation was mastered by engineer and Creature bassist Dan Willett and features tracks from some of the most promising underground metal acts from the UK and Ireland.
Physical and digital copies of the album will be available, and pre-orders can be made via the label’s bandcamp page. As a quick note, hold off until the first Friday of the month and bandcamp won’t take a slice of your money, so the charity will benefit more!
The full track listing for the release is:
- THE INFERNAL SEA – PLAGUE HERALD
- CREATURE – FOOL’S CURSE
- FROM THE BOGS OF AUGHISKA – THE DEVIL IS AN IRISH MAN
- ATARKA – THE BASTARD
- RITUAL KING – HEADSPACE
- CRIMSON THRONE – SIGHTLESS REMNANTS
- ASHEN CROWN – ULTIMATUM
- AT DAWN WE ATTACK – BURN BEYOND THE GRAVE
- BURNING THE PADRE – HALLUCINATIONS
- RECALL THE REMAINS – FIRST INVERSION
Atarka guitarist and mastermind behind the compilation, Daniel McCarthy, had this to say:
With all plans for 2020 pretty much shelved, I decided to dedicate some time into putting out a compilation album, which essentially features ourselves, alongside some of the best up and coming metal and extreme bands that the UK and Ireland has to offer. I’ve been lucky enough to make some great friends in the industry over the past few years, and thought it would be a great idea for us to all collaborate and pool our abilities for something worthwhile, and everybody I spoke to was more than happy to oblige.
We decided to release Heavy Pandemic as a benefit sampler for NHS Charities Together. This pandemic has vividly illustrated the fact that other than democracy itself – there is not a single component of our society more valuable to us folk in the UK, than the NHS.
I spoke to Conchúir O’ Drona, an old friend of mine who runs Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings – he helped us massively with the distribution of our own album release. Having used to live in Oxfordshire, he has also benefitted greatly from the NHS, and being a label guy, he was able to bring some more extreme bands to the record that we wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Dan Willett, a close friend, was responsible for mixing our own album, but also plays in one of my favourite bands – CREATURE. Dan happily mastered the compilation and offered up the track “Fool’s Curse” for the compilation.
You’ll seldom hear the words “NHS” and “Heavy Metal” used in the same sentence, but here we are. I’ve come to think of it as a way to give back to the community by putting something great together with friends.
With the world still in an uncertain place and people unsure of what comes next, hope is more important than ever and Heavy Pandemic is a means of giving something back in a difficult time, while showing love and support for both the NHS and the underground. Hail.