Metal labels Sumerian, Roadrunner (Warner), Peaceville, Napalm, Earache, Century Media (Sony), Spinefarm (Universal) and Metal Blade will suspend business on Tuesday US time in solidarity with the African-American community following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
The heavy labels, along with other labels and bands, recently announced they were uniting using the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused and would implement a media blackout for the day.
Relapse Records and Nuclear Blast chose to make their own gestures, with Relapse posting a note of solidarity and NB blacking out its social media.
“Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step to action to provoke accountability and change,” Sumerian stated on social media.
“As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss.
“Join us on Tuesday June 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.”
Roadrunner shared a similar message.
“Standing in solidarity with our music industry peers, we must continue to fight against racial injustice and work to bring about real change.”
Napalm said the metal community should stand together.
“We’ve all found a community in rock and metal. Now’s the time to stand strong, and stand together. Raise your voice, but #TheShowMustBePaused.”
Earache said it has always stood against racism and will be observing “black out Tuesday”.
“Earache has always stood against all forms of racism and bigotry.
“On Tuesday 2nd June we will be observing ‘black out Tuesday’, and using the day to pause, reflect and organise.”
Century Media posted a black picture and quoted Martin Luther King Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“We will use today to reflect and focus on how we can make meaningful changes in fighting racial injustice and inequality, and encourage you to do the same.”
Spinefarm said it would observe the media blackout as part of UMG.
“This Tuesday, June 2, the Universal Music Group family will observe “black out Tuesday” – a day to contemplate, connect and organize.
“We stand with the black community.”
Metal Blade posted the hashtag and a note from key distribution partner The Orchard.