On October 1, 2017, the world of live music got a little scarier, as yet another tragic shooting took place at a concert. But, instead of retreating into the shadows in fear, members of the metal community are speaking out in support of the victims affected by the Vegas tragedy.

Over 50 people died, and 400 were injured, when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas. The event has brought fans across genres together to grieve and give comfort, and the metal community is no exception.

Paolo Gregoletto of melodic death metal band Trivium shared his disbelief and horror about the shooting.

A few other major players in the metal world also weighed in with their thoughts on the tragedy. The event hit especially close to home, as many metal and rock icons frequent or live in Vegas.

New Noise also offers up our condolences to the victims and their families, as well as words of encouragement and support to the entire global music community. Rather than allow this horror to keep us out of live music spaces, let’s strive to make them safer and fight back against the hate.

See also: Punks In Vegas Put Out ‘Vegas Strong’ Compilation

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Addison is a Denver-based writer who focuses on metal, cannabis, underground music and LGBTQ issues. She has also written a book, Wicked Woman: Women in Metal From the 1960s to Now, which can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Woman-Women-Metal-1960s/dp/1501021079

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