Season of Mist is partnering with the musicians of SAVAGE LANDS. Through this partnership, we’ll bang our heads together to support forests in Costa Rica. This is the first time a record label will be partnering & releasing the music of a non-profitorganization.
*Listening to Savage Lands is already donating directly to this forest preservation effort.*
After seeing first-hand how deforestation threatens Costa Rica’s ecosystem, two angry metalheads started their own non-profit organization. Named after their joint passion for savage heavy metal and wildlife preservation, SAVAGE LANDS was founded in 2022 by Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren and musician-turned-activist Sylvain Demercastel, who’s a Costa Rica resident.
“Hearing the chainsaw on a daily basis, because of a recent real estate fever destroying Costa Rica’s ecosystem, we thought it was time to start a new type of action”, says Sylvain. “We are reaching out to this great active community of metalheads.”
Today, SAVAGE LANDS are debuting their first single. “The Last Howl” features Andres Kisser (Sepultura) and John Tardy (Obituary). 100% of the song’s royalties will go toward protecting threatened lands from deforestation.
Listening is already donating directly to the forest preservation effort. An extra step can always be taken by directly donating to the cause through: https://savagelands.org/donation/
Savage Lands – “The Last Howl” (Official Music Video) 2023
Artists occasionally support causes through donations to organizations. With SAVAGE LANDS, Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren teamed up with his guitar-wielding friend Sylvain Demercastel to create their own US 501(c)3 non-profit.
SAVAGE LANDS raises money for reforestation. Using their own royalties, donations and other fundraising efforts, the organization builds nature sanctuaries, establishes green zones and purchases forestland for other preservation projects. They work with other non-profits, as well as scientists and forest engineers.
Since forming in 2022, Verbeuren and Demercastel have gained the support of other passionate metalheads. The list includes members of Heilung, Gojira, Lamb of God, Lord of the Lost and Testament, plus publications like Decibel.