Posts Tagged ‘United Arab Emirates’
The United Arab Emirates is a country consisting of expatriates from around the world. Grindcore band Maticrust has been in the country for 5 years and made of of expats from the Philipines and India. This week, they released their first EP Inhumane World Deprivation. I spoke to vocalist Dondon Crust about the EP, performing at Obscene Extreme and also their plans for the rest of the year.
Check out my interview with Maticrust on EveryDayHate
Tyranny Rising is an upcoming death metal band from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Members of the band have been part of the metal scene in UAE for some time now. Last month, they released their debut EP ‘Prepare to Die’.
I spoke to vocalist Borna about the EP, recording at Haven studio and also their plans for the rest of the year.
United Arab Emirates is not a country known for its metal scene. How did the band get together?
It’s a really lost story. But to summarize, we all met when we were in school. Mon, our drummer, relocated between many schools, which was a blessing in disguise because that’s pretty much how he met all of us. Eventually, when he decided to start a band, he introduced us to each other and we formed a band called “Story of Grace”. When Story of Grace disbanded, Mon formed another band with Mark (his brother who was also in Story of Grace) and after a few months, they decided to ask Bassel and I to join as the Guitarist and Vocalist, respectively. We then contacted Crabz, who was Mon’s friend in his final year of high school, and he was happy to join us as the Bassist.
What made you decide to start a death metal band? What about the style appeals to you?
We all come from different backgrounds, different cultures, and although we love Metal, our tastes in specific genre differ. For example, I’m more into Melodic Death Metal, which influences my style of Vocals. Marco and Bassel are into Death Metal. Mon is into Nu Metal, and I’m not really sure what Crabz likes. It doesn’t really matter, because he’s the Bassist anyway. And we all have our influences of Thrash Metal.
To sum it all up, basically, we love all types of Metal and we love the music we write. We don’t aim to make it sound like any genre, really. We just put our minds together and write what we want to write, and what we think sounds good to us.
Your debut EP ‘Prepare to Die’ released last week. What are the songs on the EP about?
The title of the EP says it all, really. Go for the Throat, Power Overwhelming and Burn them to the ground are pretty much about change, and fighting back through Power and Hatred. But, Venture is my personal favorite in terms of lyrics. It tells a story. I’m not going to go to anything specific, because the story may differ depending on the readers’ perception. We have lyrics out with all songs on all stores and streams, so everyone can check it out for themselves.
The EP was recorded by Hand at Haven studio. What was the recording process like?
Working with Hadi Sarieddine was the best decision we’ve made in this band. Amazing producer, amazing personality, and man is the guy talented. Just a great experience over all. The process of the recording and mixing was rather quick, but we had difficulty with the timing of our release. We had a lot of other issues on the side which we had to deal with before releasing the EP. And we apologize for the long wait. But it’s out now, and even though donations are welcome, it’s completely FREE to listen and to download.
What are your thoughts on the metal scene in UAE?
The metal scene is a really touchy subject, unfortunately. A lot of hate. A lot of cancelled shows due to phony complaints, which just ruins everything for everyone, including the reputation of the people working hard to host gigs. On the bright side, there are more bands coming in from outside the Gulf area, which is a good thing. But the biggest issue, in my opinion, is that there aren’t enough all age shows. Gigs in Dubai, are MOSTLY in the same place, with the same set of bands taking turns to play every week or so, with the same faces showing up to support them. A lot has changed over the past decade, and it’s getting worse and worse. Hopefully we will see a change for the better.
Do recommend bands from UAE and the Arabian Gulf region that we should check out.
There is massive talent out there. A lot of amazing bands. We have played a lot of grindcore gigs, alongside great bands like Gates of Gomorrah, Project Skvll Fvck, Maticrust, In Times of Despair and many more. Apart from the grindcore scene, you should definitely check out Alpha.Kenny.Buddy, Voice of the Soul, and Benevolent.
What are your plans to promote the EP? Do you have any shows planned?
Unfortunately, we do not have any booked shows at the moment, we are busy writing some more music and working on hopefully getting some merch out there. We’ve had a lot of requests for merch, so we will have something coming up in the near future.
Do you have any final words?
Support, support, support. You don’t need to go to every single event in order to be a fan or a supporter. We hear a lot of complaints about people not “supporting the scene”. The sad truth is that the same people refuse to attend other events apart from their own, so how can you expect any different from others. And lastly, support new upcoming bands and give them a chance.
Listen to ‘Prepare to Die’ below
The metal scene in Dubai has been quiet for the past couple of months. However that changed last weekend, Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium performed at the Music Room.
I was expecting the gig to start after 10 pm but when I reached the venue I realised that the openers Smouldering in the Forgotten had already finished their set. It was good to finally meet the guys later in the night.
I have been listening to Insomnium for a decade now. The first album I heard by them was “Above the weeping world” and was really glad that they played songs from the album like “The Killjoy“, “The Gale” and “Mortal Share“. The band started off their set with tracks from their recent release “Shadows of the Dying Sun” and covered their entire discography. They were in top form and put on a great show. The audience were equally enthusiastic, I noticed a moshpit going during their faster songs. Here is the entire set list they performed
I was glad to see a good turnout for the show. It shows that metal is still alive in the city. Overall it was good night thanks to Metal East Records. Looking forward to Finish doom metal band Swallow the Sun next month.
Here are a couple of pictures of Insomnium I took on my phone.
Criminal Records is a UAE based metal/punk label. Started a few months ago by ReyXJustice (I Cease), the first release from the label is United Assault, a compilation of demos by UAE bands. The compilation features band like Manhunt, Maticrust, Devastatory and others.
I spoke to ReyXJustice about the compilation, the music scene in UAE and also his zine Wrong Choice of Words.
How you came up with the compilation ‘United Assault’?
Well I met a lotsa people with their heart on the right places. Good people who want to put up a proper CD record for everyone to enjoy but doesn’t have the money to do it coz’ the greedy lunatics who run music studios here charge people like they have people’s kids hidden in their basement and can ask the craziest amount of money for ransom and people would pay em like junkies. Like they only build recording studios exclusively for people with their own oil rigs or employ dwarves to mine fuckin’ diamonds for em singing hi ho hi ho keepin a runaway princess in their dwarf crib all tied up for dwarf gang rape… So Compared to most yuppies the can afford musicians, We are poor as a rat, that’s why Dubai music scene wimmin’ doesn’t hang out with us, coz’ they’re convenience whose. we live in flats partitioned like friggin’ Noah’s arc and struggle to make ends meet coz’ the cost of living in Dubai is bat shit crazy expensive. specially if you’re not getting white people salary. so what’s the back door to that? Convince people to pull up their measly shits and money together and do a combined effort compilation all DIY and they did! So here we are now with a professionally pressed demo compilation distributed worldwide. Fun!
How did you select the bands for the compilation?
The compilation is an underground compilation so I selected underground bands = simple system. People in bands who knows what’s real and live it. whose involvement is beyond music and reinforce the growth of their local scene to bolster a humane community. An environment that supports each other rather than the dog eat dog society normal fucktards with the combined IQ of 2 noontime TV show are into. bands outside the hypocrisy of the mainstream music scene. The nice to you face to face but stab you in the back people which dominate the city and for some weird reason keeps picking on a small underground scene that exist completely opposite to their way of life and try their asshole best to make it what it isn’t. Weird right? like people, why bother? You already got all the nice superficial things why soil something you’re not? spare yourself the humiliation coz you look stupid. So one day I finally got tired of all the bullshit and went ‘you know what? Fuck it, Let’s draw the line it’s either you’re real or you’re a mainstream piece of shit. Stop wasting good people’s time and join a fuckin’ talent contest somewhere.
What are your thoughts on the music scene in Dubai/UAE?
The music scene here is filled with talented musicians. that’s it I really don’t think about the music scene here a lot. I think about why all the Zoom in metro stations doesn’t sell peanut butter flavored M&Ms anymore where are they and how to get them.
You also have a zine ‘Wrong Choice of Words’. How long have you been working on it?
Doing a zine is one of my favorite pastime just doing it for the love of writing. Writing stuffs i think of and writing about shits i really like and people doing shits that I really love and support. I know it will never get me laid hell, nowadays in the age of the bully majority acting like cops an policing people’s thought in social media I know free speech will put me in a lot of trouble against a lot of fucking assholes. but I don’t care anymore. Free speech also land me good friends and 1 real friend is better than a hundred asshole i’d rather be enemies with. Writing truth is my passion and I love using nib pens on shitty parched paper then type it on the pc (coz it’s a must) ..who knows maybe someday I can make a book out of it. I’ve been doing a zine for quite some time now started when I was still in the P.I. first zine I’ve done was cut and paste did it with some punk pals back in college. We called it ANTI, school fraternities tried to kill us for that, then when I begin to really like hardcore music I did my own zine called KEEP DA FAITH elitist PC punks and commies tried to kill me for that, And now i’m doing WCOW here which is more of a journal and essays rather than a current events mag. been doing that here and show band yuppier posers try to kill me for that as well. Must’ve been writing stuffs for this zine for 2 years now. I just released my 2nd issue this year and the third issue might come out next summer hopefully with more real u.g. bands from the UAE and from the Phils., Japan and the US. The bands I interviewed from the U.S. are Filipino bands too like Digma from CA and NSI from NY. so more columns more weird stories documenting OFW life from a Filipino (not kabayan but) Filipino punk point of view. Copies are still available. 15 bux back issue plus courier cost. for same day delivery. try snail mail! you’ll love it!
How can people buy the compilation?
They can buy it through every band who is included in the compilation because as I mentioned earlier all of these bands are active ug bands and not babies who expect labels to do shits for them like fucking retards on a wheelchairs. All these groups PSF, MANHUNT, S.D., CYNTHIA LUSTER, DEVASTATORY, MATICRUST, I CEASE these bands are all fuckin’ DIY and put a lot of efforts to reinforce each other and the micro u.g. scene they are part of. People can also get it from CRIMINAL RECORDS just email us through me! from us at 30 bux a copy and extra 20 bux gets you a copy within the same day via courier service. we also distro bulk rates which is dirt cheap! so do get in touch!
What’s next for you, new edition of the zine? New music?
Well yeah, a new issue of the zine is on it’s way. not that anyone gives a fuck about it hahahaha, new music as well right now, A number of u.g. bands are recording materials on their own so expect some really city leveling EPs to come out soon. Even my buddies in I CEASE are recording new songs to annoy the shit out of yuppies and bullies set to be released on January when people least expect it coz that’s just how we blow up things. I’m also excited for the PROJECT SKULL FUCK EP coming soon and for MANHUNT EP as well..Things are looking up for 2016 all these people have to do is not lose faith in what they are and stop dealing with show band leeches, Coz’ these scene parasites just suck the fun out of everything. They actually tried to sabotage the compilation but the good prevailed. so fuck em until the next life. But our biggest thanx to you Peter! Keep doing your blog coz this shit is awesome! I hope you help carry some old Emirati lady’s grocery one day and as a gesture of thank you she gives you 5 Billion Dhs. Respects to the Real and to all the show band suckers out there and fake punk bands I hope you all die of liver cancer! Peace!
REY JUSTICE x I CEASE email@example.com P.O.B. 1155 DUBAI, UAE
Last month I moved back to the United Arab Emirates. The metal scene here has been stagnant for some time especially in the live gigs front. As a fan of grindcore, I was really glad to hear that Department of Correction from France would be performing later this month. I spoke to guitarist Flo via email about the upcoming mini tour and their plans for the rest of the year.
“It feels very good! Flight tickets are booked, we are very excited to come and play to the Emirates!” said Flo about their mini tour of United Arab Emirates which is a couple weeks away. “It’s our first time here. We’ll travel 20 hours in and 20 hours out to play the festivals that we’ll headline in Dubaï and Abu Dhabi. We can’t wait for that.”
“We got a connection with Dondon and Erickson from the Dubaï band Maticrust. We agreed together to make DOC come play some shows in the Emirates.” said Flo about how the ‘Croissant-Grindcore-Baguette’ tour come about. “All of it came through internet. Erickson makes me discover some UAE bands, that’s very great! Almost nobody here in France hear about the UAE scene, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to make us discover our musical cultures!”
“We started in 2010 as a studio and tour band, after spending 2 years in studios to find our musical orientation and compose our first Ep.” Said Flo about how the band started. “From then we toured in Russia, USA, and Europe, played some awesome festivals as Obscene Extreme. We did more than 200 shows and travelled more than 120.000km. We are very happy of it. It gives some more excitements to our personal lives.”
The band have released a few splits with bands like Noisear, Strong intention, Proletar and others. “They are all better one from another.” said Flo about thee releases.”I mean, they are all coming from a different period of the band, it evolved all the time, split to split. So this is the best of every period of the band. The best is to listen and download for free all our discography at http://www.departmentofcorrection.bandcamp.com”
France has well known metal scene. “You can check Inhumate, that are Grindcore legend here, Blockheads also that is very straight to the sickest grindcore, Unsu that is a new comer in the vein of Rotten Sound, Trepan Dead that has an old school taste, Pulmonary Fibrosis that is GoreGrind legend here” said Flo recommending bands from his country. “There is a lot ! I made a compilation with 37 Grindcore, Goregrind, PowerViolence bands from France. It’s called IN GRINDO VERITAS. You can find it on internet through Kaotoxin records, and also on CD for cheap. Of course there is way lot more good bands but it would be too long to mention all of them.”
“Yeah, at this time we work on our very first full length. We will record it in 2016.” said Flo about their plans. The bands is also working on number of releases. “Coming soon, we are waiting for the release of our split with Proletar on CD and vinyl, and our split with Mincecore legends Agathocles, from Belgium, on vinyl (already out on CD). Also in february, a short Ep with 2 covers and an original unreleased track, to be released by Kaotoxin records, a very serious label for Grindcore and DeathMetal, Funeral doom etc.”
“The UAE will be our last plan for 2015. We’ll also record the demo of our album. “said Flo about their plans for the rest of the year. “Next things will come in 2016. We’ll do a Europe tour with Die Choking from USA. I’m booking the tour right now.”
“I hope we’ll bring them a lot of fun and energy. Music is friendship, Grindcore is love.” said Flo about what to expect from their shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “Bring some croissants and baguettes and throw it on us during the show hahaha”
Here is a glimpse of what to expect from the Correction of Department next week
Nervecell are the oldest surviving metal band from UAE. I remember reading about them on phride.com when they first started out and since then have bought all their releases and seen them multiple times live. In the past decade, I have seen Nervecell go from a band playing club shows in Dubai to now a band that tours across the world. In 2011, they were named as one of the “Defenders of the faith” by Metal Hammer Magazine.
Nervecell’s first release, the ‘Human Chaos’ EP came out in 2004, I spoke to Barney Ribeiro, guitarist for the band about the EP and the impact it had on the band and the music scene in United Arab Emirates.
“It feels great man, I distinctly remember the entire process we went through during the recording stage. At that point back in 2004, we were just another local band based in Dubai that had been around for 4 years playing the average local Dubai gig once every 2 months you know. Looking back now and considering how far the band has come since that EP is completely insane!” said Barney looking back at their first release. “It’s a fact that the “Human Chaos” EP officially put us on the metal map internationally. I remember the guys and I were really stoked by all the reviews we received that year from the EP, it really over exceeded our expectations and motivated us to keep pushing forward.”
The band started in university just like most metal bands in UAE. “I am the only original member from the first Nervecell line-up in 2000. How I met James and Rami was almost meant to be.”said Barney about how the present line up of the band got together. “I remember we needed to record a demo (2 tracks) as a requirement to enter this Battle of the bands contest. So we knew a few friends in AUD (American University in Dubai) where we also used to perform at quite frequently who were going to help us record this demo. So during that recording session a lot of the students who went to university there kept walking in and out of the auditorium where we were recording this demo. Two of those random students walking in and out watching us that day was in fact James and Rami haha…I remember briefly exchanging a few words with them that night. Few months later we ended up becoming close friends and eventually James joined the band as the bass player and Rami soon after as the second guitarist as I was the only guitar player in the band up until 2003.”
In 2004, not many bands from UAE had released an EP or album. “The idea to put out an EP only came about when we noticed the fans at the local gigs we played at started asking us how they could find or buy our music, and that sort of struck an idea with us.” said Barney about how the band decided to record their music. “So while balancing our studies (we were all in university back then) we decided to take the summer of 2004 off and hit the studio to record the “Human Chaos” EP. In our mindset back then we really didn’t have any goals as such to be the “first” or to make or break any records being a Middle East based band. Our progression as a band has always been very gradual with everything we set our minds to. I remember telling ourselves we just wanted to put something out as product and have something to look back at. None of us would ever be able to predict what the future would hold for us that’s for sure…It’s been a hell of a ride man but ZERO REGRETS!”
The EP was written while James and Rami were in UAE and Barney in Canada. “We used to write individually a lot and send each other files over the Internet. It helped stay in touch as friends but also as band members as well.” said Barney describing their writing process while he was away. “I would return home to Dubai every summer though and that was when we would line up shows as well. I mean this was all we ever wanted to do anyway, so it was kind of natural for each of us to write even though we were in different continents for that period of almost 4 years when I was away in Canada.”
‘Human Chaos’ was recorded by Kiran Sequeira at his home studio. “It took about 3 to 4 months actually as far as I remember. The reason it took us so long was very much due to the fact that we were working with Kiran’s schedule. The guy had a full time job so the weekdays were hard to deal with anyway, seeing that he only had so much time for us after his work.” said Barney about how recorded the album. “We would try and get as much done in sessions over the weekends but we couldn’t really get every weekend available either to work with him. Hence the reason why it took us so long again, but oh well you learn to work with what you have and one thing we definitely did not have at that point of time was a huge budget! We pretty much used the money our folks would give us to buy food and other basics while being university students to invest into that EP.”
The recording had it’s share of funny incidents. “There was this one time I was tracking guitars and Kiran’s girlfriend was sitting right behind me on the couch and stretching her hands out while she was totally engrossed watching TV with her headset on.” said Barney looking back at the recording sessions. “So she had no idea her hands were like touching my shoulders or my hair or something while she was stretching, and I of course had my headphones on too as I was recording my guitar tracks. So typically I assumed it was James or Rami trying to distract me or annoy me while here I am totally focusing on nailing my guitar parts for the EP. So basically I ended up abusing the shit out her without even knowing what was actually happening going “Stop…stop touching me you F#^ckin #%^^%%&” haha… It was hilarious because I only later noticed Rami and James sitting down away in the corner totally cracking up watching this whole awkward situation take place.”
The EP got reviews from across the world and opened up quite a few doors for the band. “Absolutely, it was totally overwhelming. We were blown away by the amount of great reviews we received week after week. I mean we sent out a few copies ourselves by mail to magazines and websites, zines etc. but we got reviews from a lot more places than we anticipated via the Internet. It was really motivating for us to be honest because we had no idea the reach we were going to receive beforehand. It was an incredible time for us man.” said Barney about the response they received. “Because of that EP we got the slot to open for the Dubai Desert Rock Festival in 2005 with Sepultura and Machine Head. As well as a tour in Australia as our first official tour ever outside the UAE, followed by a few one-off shows in Egypt (out of all places) and later on our first European Festival appearance too in Tolmin, Slovenia at Metal Camp, which is now called Metal Days Festival. So like I said, it really did open a lot of doors for us, so to say we are happy with the response would be an understatement.”
“I would personally like to re-do some of the drum tracks that were programmed on the EP.” said Barney about things that he would like to change about the release.”I mean for the time, budget constraints and facilities available in Dubai that we had back in 2004 we did the best we could. But yea looking back 10 years later I think that is the one thing I would probably change, at the same time the whole rawness of the EP is what makes it special it its own way I guess.”
Nervecell are currently working on their 3rd album. “You can definitely expect it for a 2016 release, not earlier because there is a lot that goes on before we even set a confirmed release date.” said Barney updating us on the status of the album. “We are writing music as we speak and will continue to do so for the rest of 2015. We also just recently left Lifeforce Records and signed with Unique Leader Records for the new album, so we look forward to putting out our debut with them and we can’t wait until we unleash it onto the rest of the world and see where that takes us next!”
Here is me favourite track from the ‘Human Chaos‘ EP
Benevolent are a Dubai based progressive metal band. Started by brothers Hadi and Fadi Sarieddine in Kuwait, they moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2011 after the release of their EP “Divided”. The brothers are joined by Mohammad Gad on rhythm guitar. The vacant drum throne has been filled by Andols Herrick (Ex-Chimaira) on their new release. It has been a great year for the band so far, their album “The Covenant” released last month and then they were added to the lineup for the Euroblast festival. I spoke to Gad and Hadi about the album, Euroblast and a lot more.
Hi guys, it’s been a great month for you, first the release of your album “The Covenant” and now you’ve been added to the line for the Euroblast festival. How does it feel?
Gad: I cannot find words to describe how hearing this news made us feel. It has been surprise after surprise with Benevolent so far and we must say that we are very grateful for the things that have been occurring with us prior to and post releasing The Convenant. We are very happy with the pace that we are moving at and are very overjoyed to see our name on the Euroblast roster. Not to mention that we really look forward to sharing the venue and stage with bands whom we have been listening to for several years now. It is a dream come true.
Hadi: It’s been absolutely amazing, we feel really grateful. When you create art you’re really opening yourself up and committing chapters of yourself into the pieces that you work on and when you find that this work resonates with people and listeners who experience the record pick up on the vibes it’s truly humbling and very gratifying. With the album’s release, the reviews we’ve been receiving, being confirmed to play at Euroblast, and continuing to work on more exciting things we are really happy and inspired right now!
Tell us about your new album “The Covenant”.
Fadi: Our debut full-length album “The Covenant” is an emotional ride and a journey of sound as moments of anger and aggression are followed with a groovy melody and an awe-inspiring atmosphere.
The album constitutes of 11 tracks with ambience being the main component onto which everything else is structured upon. ‘The Covenant’ is very diverse in its sound as it combines elements of Djent and Melodic Death metal with moments of groovy beats and very catchy clean choruses.
Lyrically, we actually wrote the lyrics separately and although the album is not and was not intended to be a conceptual album after the lyrical creative process was concluded, we realized that the tracks sort of complimented each other. Overall, the album discusses the warfare taking place individually within each and every one of us but with a positive twist.
You released your EP “Divided” in 2010. How long did the writing process for “The Covenant” take?
Hadi: We started working on ‘The Covenant’ straight up after Divided EP was released, but that was a really early stage in the writing process and we didn’t end up using any of the songs that we demoed back then per se. However, the first two songs that shaped the sound of the new album were ‘The Seeker’ and ‘Metamorphosis’, those two songs were the first two solid tracks that were completed as far as the writing goes and they set the tone forward for the rest of the tracks.
The album was recorded and produced at Haven Studio in UAE and mastered by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds in the UK. How was the recording process? How long did it take?
Hadi: The record was recorded and produced at Haven Studio which is the studio that I run in the UAE, this was one of the best decisions we’ve taken because it allowed us to truly get intimate with these songs and add a lot of depth to them as we went along.
The way we work is that we actually record as we go along in writing, the way it works is that we write songs on our DAWs straight up and most times we record the final takes from the get go, unless a riff requires us to do some work to nail it down at a 100%. Precisely what happened was the riffs would be written / recorded and then MIDI bass and drums would be written along and those would serve as ‘tabs’ for us to refer back to in case we wanted to make sure about the right notes or whatnot. Both bass and drums were obviously re-recorded at a later stage.
The very last elements that went into the recording were the guitar solos and all the production clean / layer guitars. A lot of those elements were actually recorded from the get go as well but a few layers were added later.
Gad: The recording process was a bit unorthodox on this album yet very enjoyable to say the least. There were times when we as individuals would record our parts/takes individually and send them across to one another (given that we reside in different countries) and times when we would all do so in the same room. A substantial portion of the bass parts on this album were written during the bass recording sessions, meaning the creative process and the recording sessions were pretty much the same thing with respect to bass as well.
Recording and producing ‘The Covenant’ at Haven Studios and later Mastering at 4D sounds was the most we could ask for for this album. We have looked at a few other options beforehand and in turn decided that those 2 studios could gave us the most desirable output sonically.
How does the album compare to your previous release ‘Divided’?
Fadi: We believe that the music that comes out is always a representation of the artists behind the writing process and ‘The Covenant’ certainly is exactly that as it represents how much we have changed over the past few years since the release of our EP Divided.
The band featured several line-up changes since 2010 and we are certainly more tightly knit as unit due to these changes. Furthermore, we have greater believe in ourselves as musicians and with what we can bring to the table when compared to the writing process of Divided. Our personal musical influences have also changed over the past few years.
For me ‘The Covenant’ represents the band’s natural growth as the album is very atmospheric and that is what we intended to achieve when the writing process started.
Hadi: Just to add on to that, we are really honest in the way that we create music and we work toward serving the true essence of the song and the message that is passing through it whether it is on the instrumental or lyrical level.
Each and every song on this album is an audible translation of experiences, thoughts, feelings, or stuff that we simply come across as we live our day to day lives. Every person perceives things differently and explains them different and ‘The Covenant’ is our way of telling the stories of things related to internal anxieties, fears, discovering ones truths, and other internal warfare topics as Fadi put it.
“The Covenant” features Andols Herrick on drums. How did he become part of the album?
Gad: We have comically discussed the idea of bringing in a drum icon to record one of the songs on this album (only a thought to be entertained back when we first brought it up). Then we decided why not actually give it a shot?
The band then approached drum icon Andols Herrick and sent him the songs off of ‘Divided EP’.
To our surprise, he enjoyed the music and expressed his interest to work with us as well on this record, and seeing that reaction was mind-blowing for us.
Initially, we had agreed to have him record one song with us (that being Metamorphosis). But we collectively decided that all the other tracks on the album should be recorded by him.
Outside the realm of music, we took great notice on how great and humble he is as a character. He was also very supportive and went out of his way to truly share and spread the album to his fan base both before and after the release. To have developed this rapport with him during the course of the recording process is a thing that we are truly honored and proud of.
I would like to think that the release of this album is not the last chapter of Andol’s and Benevolent’s association, so let us see what the days bring.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Any live shows planned other than Euro blast?
Hadi: We’ve got a bunch of different things that we’re working on right now. Those most revolve around playing shows and getting our music out to the world. More and more details on what we’ve got cooking will be surfacing in the time coming.
Any Final words
Hadi: We would like to thank everyone who is supporting us and inspiring us in multitudes of ways, we look forward to seeing you all out on the road!
Listen to “The Covenant” below