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Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead

The basics for the song Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead were written the day after I attended a Rammstein concert. It took a while before I had worked out the basis in such a way that I could send it to Keith, so he could do his thing with it. I remember that day in December '21 when Keith sent the first draft. I was blown away by the catchy vocal line and metal-loving-lyrics!

We kept on finetuning for a while and we both felt we had gold here.

Next up was Joey Concepcion who colored the song with a couple of intense guitar solo's. Again, we were flabbergasted by Joey! What a talent!

What hit me like a hammer in the lyrics of Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead was the opening sentence 'It's my sole religion'. There's a some history behind this simple sentence. As a kid I struggled with my catholic upbringing; I was never into religion, as religions never bring anything good. Except for Heavy Metal, that's the only religion that I will be faithful to until I die. That is what I get out of the the song Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead. 

My religious interpretation of the lyrics was translated into the beautiful cover design. This was done by the great Brazilian graphic designer Gustavo Sazes, who has worked with many artists, like Gus G., Arch Enemy, Kamelot, Joey Concepcion and many many more. You can see Gustavo's portfolio here

Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead was released on May 5, 2023 as the first single of 'Here to Stay'. The song was released on all streaming platforms and also a videoclip was shot. 

This is the first single of the new album, and sets the standard for the sound of the album. 

Keith and Ron shot some mutual footage during their visit to Paris in December 2022. Filming at an ice cold, desolated Pere Lachaisse cemetary was legendary. Other footage was filmed in Las Vegas and Los Angeles (historic locations like the Rainbow Bar & Grill) and in Holland. Editing was done by Keith.

On the CD version of 'Here to Stay' you will hear an XL version of 'Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead' which has some amazing extra solo-ing by Joey Concepcion, from the point onwards where the single version stops. 

Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead artwork

Heavy Metal Till I'm Dead

 

Yeah

Here we go

 

It’s my sole religion

The sabbath’s in my ear

Makin all the lame chains disappear

Ooh yeah

There’s a battle raging

I feel the heavens pound

Hellfire’s blazing

Through the sound

Yeah

 

Eternal destination

Free from all damnation

The birth of my salvation is calling me

 

I’m living high on 

Heavy metal 

Thunder’s ripping through my brain

I want heavy metal 

Metal pumping through my veins

I’m talking heavy metal

The gods are gonna bang their head

Saved by 

Heavy metal

Heavy metal till I’m dead

 

There’s a screaming revolution in me

Yeah

 

Till I’m dead

Rock the metal thunder

Feed my metal soul

Now my body wants to lose control

Circus crowd’s electric

Sabbath’s in my eyes

I’m waiting for the darkness to hypnotize

 

I’m living high on 

Heavy metal

Thunder’s ripping through my brain

I want heavy metal 

Metal pumping through my veins

I’m talking heavy metal

The gods are gonna bang their head

Saved by heavy metal

Heavy metal till I’m dead

Till I’m dead

Heavy metal 

Till I’m dead so dead so dead so dead 

Heavy metal till I’m dead

Ooh my God! 


 

Music: Ron Coolen

Lyrics: Keith St John

 

Vocals: Keith St John

Guitar solos: Joey Concepcion

Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards: Ron Coolen

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