Full metal racket is sweet music to a Sunderland school

Metalizer are helping Sunningdale School.

Metalizer are helping Sunningdale School.

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ROCK band Metalizer have released a bumper four-track Christmas EP to help float plans for a new pool at Sunningdale Primary School.

The Sunderland school has launched a fund-raising effort to replace the hydro-therapy pool.

When Wearsider rockers Metalizer heard about the plans they stepped in to record their own hard rock version of festive favourites which they are selling online to raise extra cash for the school.

Sunningdale Primary School is for children aged two to 11 who have severe, profound or multiple learning difficulties. Learning is delivered through a creative programme which includes hydrotherapy.

Metalizer heard about the fund-raising through their manager Brian Green who is part of business group Network North Sunderland.

The network is planning to channel all its fund-raising efforts throughout 2012 into the school’s bid to replace its pool.

Brian said: “I heard about the school trying to raise funds through photographer Andy Ragsdale who is a member of the business networking group.

“During the day I handle sales and marketing at Studio 3 printing, but by night I promote and run bands.

“We thought a Christmas single would be a bit of fun and raise a few quid for a great cause.”

Metalizer was formed in 2009 by Brian Ross who has been in the music industry for more than 30 years, the majority of the time as vocalist for the heavy metal band Blitzkrieg.

Metalizer is a slight departure for Brian, in as much as he started the band as a solo project to celebrate the artists and bands that influenced him over the years.

Originally concentrating on cover versions, Metalizer has, after eventually settling on a stable line-up, begun writing original material.

The rest of the band is made up of guitarists Conor Clancy and Alan Ross, Andrew McCann on bass and Sean Taylor on drums.

All four tracks, Fast As A White Christmas, Nightmare Before Christmas, Metal Gods and Silent Nightmare, are available to download for £3.50 and every penny will go towards the pool.

To download Metalizer — Nightmare Before Christmas go to www.metalizer.co.uk

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