A thrash metal musician doesn’t think Satan is “quite as cool as I used to” after meeting the Dark Lord during a hallucination-filled COVID-19 coma.

Metal band Death Angel was flying back to the US from a cancelled European tour when drummer Will Carroll started showing COVID-19 symptoms.

After testing positive, he spent 12 days in a medically induced coma. During this time he experienced some pretty disturbing visions which made him re-evaluate his love of Satan.

GQ calls it “visions of a Dante-like trip to Hell”. Carroll says he will still listen to satanic metal, but “I don’t think Satan’s quite as cool as I used to”. That’s why they say ‘never meet your heroes’.

 

In Markets…

Minutes from the latest US Fed Reserve meeting have emphasised that it will continue to do “whatever it takes” to “mitigate the damage to the economy” from the virus and support a robust recovery.

“The Fed’s baseline forecast is for a rapid rebound in GDP growth and large decline in the unemployment rate in H2 as economies and businesses start to reopen,” Kathy Bostjancic, chief US financial economist at Oxford Economics, says.

“That said, a complete recovery in the level of activity was not expected by year-end.”

US and European share markets closed firmer on Wednesday. The ASX continues its steady (ish) recovery from that late March crash in morning trade, up 0.31 per cent to 5,590.1 points by 11:30am EST.

 

SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Thursday May 21:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
IKW Ikwezi Mining 0.002 100.00% $4.1M
AVW Avira Resources 0.002 100.00% $1.1M
PCL Pancontinental Oil&Gas 0.002 100.00% $8.1M
DCX Discovex 0.008 77.78% $7.7M
DRO DroneShield 0.17 61.90% $43.4M
CLZ Classic Minerals 0.002 50.00% $8.2M
ROG Red Sky Energy 0.002 50.00% $1.6M
ICG Inca Minerals 0.002 50.00% $4.1M
OAR Oakdale Resources 0.003 50.00% $1.4M
RNX Renegade Exploration 0.004 33.33% $2.9M
MCT Metalicity 0.004 33.33% $2.2M
HCD Hydrocarbon Dynamics 0.025 31.58% $6.6M
PAK Pacific American Coal 0.013 30.00% $1.8M
MWR MGM Wireless 0.135 28.57% $14.9M
NWH NRW Holdings 2.05 24.24% $883.2M
NAE New Age Exploration 0.005 25.00% $4.4M
AEV Avenira 0.01 25.00% $4.4M
SUP Superior Resources 0.005 25.00% $6.6M
SIT Site Group International 0.037 23.33% $29.8M
EM1 Emerge Gaming 0.012 20.00% $7.9M

 

DroneShield’s (ASX:DRO) DroneGun has been selected as the “preferred solution” by European Union police forces after a competitive tender, the company said today.

DroneGun is expected to be rolled out across a range of police units across European Union.

The agreement does not specify minimum purchase quantities, DroneShield says, but the company expects this deal to produce “material periodic sales over an extended period of time, with orders commencing this quarter”.

The stock was up +60 per cent in morning trade.

Building contractor NRW Holdings (ASX:NWH) posted record revenue of $1.6bn, and EBITDA of $177m in the 10 months to April.

The outlook is also good.

“Bidding activity is high and following the BGC acquisition the pipeline continues to improve given the likely acceleration of public infrastructure projects”, the company says.

WA gold explorer Metalicity (ASX:MCT) was also up 33 per cent after its entitlement offer and placement closed oversubscribed.

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SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Thursday May 21:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
CTO Citigold Corporation 0.004 -20.00% $9.7M
XTC Xantippe Resources 0.002 -20.00% $6.7M
SBR Sabre Resources 0.002 -20.00% $1.7M
AHL Ahalife Holdings 0.005 -16.67% $3.3M
HNR Hannans Reward 0.005 -16.67% $9.9M
MDI Middle Island Resources 0.01 -16.67% $17.7M
BIQ BuildingIQ Inc 0.005 -16.67% $1.9M
ALX Atlas Pearls and Perfumes 0.006 -14.29% $2.6M
KGL KGL Resources 0.15 -11.76% $46.8M
ENE Enevis 0.04 -11.11% $2.7M
MTH Mithril Resources 0.008 -11.11% $3.9M
SW1 Swift Networks 0.024 -11.11% $10.6M
GNM Great Northern Minerals 0.008 -11.11% $4.3M
CAF Centrepoint Alliance 0.081 -10.99% $11.8M
AOU Auroch Minerals 0.057 -10.94% $8.7M
RGL Riversgold 0.025 -10.71% $6.2M
BPL Broken Hill Prospecting 0.017 -10.53% $4.5M
AWV Anova Metals 0.018 -10.00% $22.5M
PGI Panterra Gold 0.045 -10.00% $8.6M
REE Rarex 0.037 -9.76% $11.6M