Monday, February 13, 2012

Help For Japan Charity-Help!

Avenue Of Allies

As someone who is 2+ years removed from a kidney transplant and has had to depend on not only the charity of friends and family but more importantly charitable organizations to survive I find myself all the more aware and sympathetic to the many needs this world faces daily. More than ever we are becoming one world brought together by love and the desire to help out our fellow man. As such these sort of benefit recordings are becoming more and more the norm as musicians realize the impact that can be made when they use their God granted talent for good. With that by means of an introduction we find ourselves presented with "Help!". This 4-track EP was made possible thanks to the dedication of Soul Doctor/Fair Warning vocalist Tommy Heart. With the first anniversary of the earthquake in Japan coming up (March 11th, 2012 to be exact for that devastating and destructive event) Tommy Heart put together a group of European musicians to benefit those affected. As we now know this disastrous earthquake had long lasting affects. Not only did the people of Japan suffer the lose of loved ones but many people lost their homes and were displaced as well. As a result of the earthquake these people found themselves dependant on the kindness of others. As I said before I have been there before in need and having to depend on others is not something that the people of Japan take for granted. They are still grateful for any and all help. Tommy Heart knew that and put together this EP as an act of kindness. Enlisted are some of Europe’s top rock musicians including Don Airey (Keyboard & Piano, Deep Purple), Leo Leoni (Guitars, Gotthard), Neil Murray (Bass, ex Whitesnake) and Hena Habegger (Drums, Gotthard). The singers are nothing short of amazing as you have Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Bob Catley (Magnum), Andi Deris (Helloween), Torstein Flakne (Stage Dolls), Marc Storace (Krokus), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Claus Lessmann (Bonfire), Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann), Bernhard Weiss (Axxis), Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Tony Mills (TNT), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One) joing Tommy Heart. Add to that guitar players like Cede Dupont (Downspirit), Kyoji Yamamoto (BowWow), Helge Engelke (Fair Warning), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Leo Leoni (Gotthard), Henny Wolter (Nitrogods) and Robert R. Rodrigo (Airless) and you get an EP jam packed with talent! As you may have guessed from the EP's title this group of talented artists joined together to record a killer new version of the classic Beatles song “Help”! While nothing can ever top the original version obviously (since it is the Beatles!) this version is filled with passion. You get a real glimpse into the heart of the matter from Tommy and company as they sing this timeless classic. Along with this new version of the old classic is three other covers of "Help" creating a benefit album that is well conceived and executed. Perfect music for a perfect cause is always something we here at Heavy Metal time Machine can get behind. The EP “Help! For JAPAN” will be released world-wide on the German label Avenue Of Allies on March 9th, 2012 and I encourage all of you to pick up a copy. All income from the sales of this EP will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross and help those who lives were forever changed that fateful day.

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

A worthy cause and Godspeed to you, my friend.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Kathy M Davis said...

Thanks Ray.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Thanks Ray!

5:53 AM  

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