Savage Lands

Heavy Metal - Costa Rica

Savage Lands Band

Artists occasionally support causes through donations to organizations. With SAVAGE LANDS, Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren teamed up with his guitar-wielding friend Sylvain Demercastel to create their own US 501(c)3 non-profit.

SAVAGE LANDS raises money for reforestation. Using their own royalties, donations and other fundraising efforts, the organization builds nature sanctuaries, establishes green zones and purchases forestland for other preservation projects. They work with other non-profits, as well as scientists and forest engineers.

Since forming in 2022, Verbeuren and Demercastel have gained the support of other passionate metalheads. The list includes members of Heilung, Gojira, Lamb of God, Lord of the Lost and Testament, plus publications like Decibel.


  • Sylvain Demercastel : Guitar
  • Dirk Verbeuren : Drums
  • Andreas Kisser : Guest Guitarist on "Last Howl"
  • John Tardy : Guest Vocals on "Last Howl"
  • Kai Uwe Faust : Guest Vocals on "Black Rock Heart"
  • Chloé Trujillo : Guest Vocals on "Black Rock Heart"
  • Poun : Guest Vocals on "Last Howl" and "Black Rock Heart")
  • Etienne Treton : Guest Bassist on "Last Howl" and "Black Rock Heart"
  • Florian Pons : Guest Drummer on "Black Rock Heart"
Posted on June 19, 2024

Loud buzzing is music to the ear of most metalheads. But Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren and guitarist Sylvain Demercastel are so enraged by the sound of chainsaws destroying Costa Rica’s ecosystem that they’ve started Savage Lands, a musician-run 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

Posted on April 22, 2024

Using royalties from their first ever-single, Savage Lands recently protected 60,000 square feet of Costa Rican rainforest from getting chopped down. But on their new single, “Black Rock Heart”, these angry metalheads are warning us that if we don’t listen up, the world as we know it might not be around much longer.

Posted on November 14, 2023

Season of Mist is partnering with the musicians of SAVAGE LANDS. Through this partnership, we’ll bang our heads together with members of Megadeath, Sepultura, Obituary and other legendary metalheads to support forests in Costa Rica. This is the first time a record label is partnering & releasing the music of a non-profit organization.

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