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The Blackheart Orchestra cover The Manic's If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

The Blackheart Orchestra
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Prog duo The Blackheart Orchestra have covered the Manic Street Preachers' 1998 hit If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next. You can watch the band's striking new video for their moving new interpretation of the Welsh band's No. 1 single in full below.

"When the song was written it was about the past, but now 23 years later, we’ve turned the song around and reinterpreted the words to be all about the future and climate change," Blackheart's Rick Pilkington told Prog. "We’ve looked at the song through a different lens and our version and the accompanying video shout about the need for the world to u-turn on the pollution, industrial destruction, planet abuse and self-interest that rules today’s economies with an almost total disregard for future generations.

"A proportion of the download profits will be donated to Just One Tree who are an amazing not for profit organisation working to offset carbon emissions through reforestation."

The Blackheart Orchestra have just completed work on their latest album, the follow-up to 2019's well-received Mesmeranto, which will be released in April, followed by a 17-date tour. Details to follow soon.

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.