Laszlo Jones & Testament’s Alex Skolnick Raise Awareness Of Suicide Prevention With “Kill Myself”
Rock sensation Laszlo Jones is raising suicide prevention awareness with his latest single, “Kill Myself” — available now.
Featured on his recent EP, Beyond The Door, the hard-hitting song includes special guest guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament), as well as production by Michael Buyens (Life of Agony, The Gathering) and mixing by Kane Churko (5 Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne).
In true Jones fashion, the song packs a sonic punch, and Skolnick’s thunderous industrious metal axemanship shines as the two artists deliver on their mission to ensure music fans get the help and support they need.
Inspiration for the song stemmed from the two artists hearing about unimaginably high suicide rates amidst a still-early understanding of COVID’s impact on society. During the recording process, Jones and Skolnick discussed the issue, and it was clear they needed to communicate to fans through music to help draw attention to the issue.
“It’s a song about the general lack of well-being and depression endured by many people that can lead to self-hate and self-destruction — which can sometimes lead to dangerous games with death,” Jones explains.
The pulsating song offering isn’t afraid to be daring, loud, and bold; “Kill Myself” stares at the problem and gets right in its face. The track takes a spectacular interest in telling the story like it is, complete with heart-racing guitar licks, electrified screamo, and heavy percussion, all mingled with smart lyrics and fire-catching melodies.
According to Jones, the lyrics reflect that young people, in particular, are considered at risk. “They haven’t been able to have normal social contacts for two years now,” he considers, adding that “it’s been hard for them to maintain what’s essential for adolescents.”
“Kill Myself” is the latest song to arrive from Jones’ 2021 release, Beyond The Door — a five-song strong album that delves deep into Jones’ creativity and versatility as a songwriter and composer. A multi-instrumentalist and visionary, the album takes the listener on a soundscape journey through Jones’ inexplicable mind, chasing him through his innate ability to captivate and intrigue. His music videos are equally as impressive, adding an additional layer of thought to the music, directing where Jones wants the song to lead the listener.
On the pounding truth bomb that is “Kill Myself,” Laszlo Jones showcases his most vulnerable side yet. Through a dark and desperate trash-metal anthem comes a plea for understanding — and an ask that the world not forget yet another soul.
“Above all, it’s important that people in suicidal crisis, and their relatives, are able to reach a nationwide emergency number at any time,” Jones insists — reminding that professional and psychological support is available.
“Be attentive,” Jones says. “Being there for each other and offering help is just as important for helping to stall a potential death.”
“Kill Myself” and Beyond The Door are available now.
We would like to thank Eric Alper for the press release and artist profile.