Savage Lands has received one million euros from Hellfest for ongoing conservation efforts
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Savage Lands has received one million euros from Hellfest for ongoing conservation efforts

Who says metal can’t do some good for the world? Last week during Hellfest, activist band Savage Lands received a big donation from the festival organizers. And by “big donation” they really mean €1,000,000 to help with conservation and restoration efforts in Costa Rica and Europe.

Musician-turned-activist Sylvain Demercastel, who founded Savage Lands with Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren, said the donation is a huge step forward for the nonprofit organization.

“This is a historic move for Hellfest and a great signal for the music industry. This incredibly generous donation from a renowned festival is just another example of the many ways the metal community supports each other.”

According to the band, the Hellfest donation was just one aspect of a five-year partnership. That partnership will include the band setting up a booth at Hellfest to teach attendees about the “green zones, nature reserves and other biodiversity conservation projects they are building in Costa Rica.” More than 90 percent of the 60,000 square feet of rainforest along the Costa Rican coast was purchased by the band, which is also organized as a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit. The easement they purchased was to be destroyed.

Demercastel said the band/nonprofit’s ultimate goal is achievable, but it can only be accomplished through the generosity of other metal fans and environmentalists.

“As a nonprofit, we depend on the support of our listeners, other organizations, and fellow artists… By converting the land we buy into nature reserves, Savage Lands will help set a precedent for environmental activism. But we need to act quickly. Ecosystems continue to be under attack. If we don’t, there will be no wildlife left to save.”

Savage Lands consists of Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeueren, Black Bomb vocalist A Pouna, Black Bomb A bassist Etienne Treton, and guitarist/activist Sylvain Demercastel. The nonprofit plans to release songs, raise funds from those songs, and ask for donations to give back to nature.

If you would like to support the Savage Lands initiative, be sure to visit their donation page or simply listen to their music on any streaming platform you use.