Canadian band INTERZONE, featuring former SACRIFICE frontman Rob Urbinati, are among the artists featured on a collection of cover versions and mixes of BJÖRK's song "Army of Me", with all of the proceeds to go to UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund).
Prompted by the recent events in Southeast Asia, Icelandic singer Björk got the idea to release a charity record for UNICEF and setting the target to raise £250,000 within the first 10 days of release.
Over the years, Björk's work has been re-interpreted and covered by a hugely eclectic wide range of remixers and musicians. Björk discovered while doing some online research that "Army of Me" had been her most popular song to cover and mix.
Keen to give everyone an equal chance of being included on the album, Björk's web site Bjork.com posted an invitation on January 9, 2005 to musicians to submit their very own remixes and cover versions of the track "Army of Me".
The musicians were given a week or so to submit their contributions. Astoundingly, Björk received well over 600 submissions. Realizing the almighty task of the selection process ahead of her, she decided to ask the co-writer of "Army of Me", Graham Massey, to give her a hand.
Inspired no doubt by the growling techno-metal of the original, and the eclectic mixes that featured on the original singles, the submissions of mixes and cover versions were very varied. The final chosen tracks range from Canadian band INTERZONE's brutal extreme metal, to the soothing country sounds from THE MESSENGERS OF GOD, with an electro-clash number in the middle from Spain.
Everyone involved in this project from the artists through to the manufacturers have donated their services for free.
Track listing (all artists perform BJÖRK's song "Army of Me"):
01. INTERZONE - Interzone - Canada
02. GRISBI - reinterpreted by Grisbi - French
03. 50HERTZ feat. häxor och porr, slagsmålsklubben - Sweden
04. THE MESSENGERS OF GOD - English / American
05. DR SYNTAX'N'CB TURBO V RIVETHEAD - British
06. DR. GUNNI - Icelandic
07. MARTIN WHITE Accordion Mix - British
08. HEMP - French
09. LUNAMOTH - British / Irish / German
10. BERSARINPLATZ Mix - German
11. BAKER Mix - English
12. RANDOM - English
13. ATOI coverversion - Danish
14. R.LUVBEATS (The Liquid Riot Mix) - New York City
15. PINK BATTLE Mash Up - Spanish
16. ARMY OF KLAUS Remix - British
17. RISE AND DAWN OF ME
18. LILIOM - a(r)mour - France
19. 'Once More' in CoF Minor - by Mikhail Karikis - Greek
20. TOR BRUCE – Sweden
Full release dates are being finalised. Expect the record to be available first through Bjork.com prior to general release.
In related news, Germany's Voices from the Darkside is reporting that Urbinati is currently playing guitar in a BLACK SABBATH-style band called WAR AMP, which also features former JAWW and SOULSTORM members. "Our singer's name is Matt," Rob said. "Our style is like the first SABBATH album, Blues-based, but really heavy. The songs are very simple, but our writing style is pretty much to let the songs write themselves, just let it flow. We will be doing a rough demo in March. The vocals are heavy, but he can sing as well... and lots of leads!!!! I worship [Tony] Iommi, so this is fun... we may be doing a cover of MAIDEN's 'Prowler', not sure yet..."