Mike Malyan, drummer with English progressive metallers MONUMENTS has posted a drum cover video of himself playing along to Dubai extreme experimental metallers BENEVOLENT‘s track ‘The Seeker’. Check it out below:
Mike reveals the story behind this video:
“Rewind to Euroblast 2014. It’s october, I find myself in germany after spending 3 awesome months in the USA touring with Monuments. I caught wind via Facebook of an awesome Dubai based band called Benevolent, needing a drummer to fill in to be able to play their set at Euroblast, 2 weeks before the show.
Sadly as soon as I get into Koln after the long drive from London, I received word that the band couldn’t get their visas and would have to cancel the slot. This sucked, but I vowed to at least release a video of one of my favorite songs from the set, called Seeker.
This was much more relentless than I anticipated. Although these parts are not as fast as some speed players can handle with ease, I found myself completely out of breath and struggled to get through the session. Through pacing and coffee I managed to complete it in multiple takes (hence the constant cutting). There isn’t an edit in sight, other than the switching between audio/video synced takes.
I managed to get this recorded in my little bit of free time between other work and packing for tour, with only 10 minutes given to recording a single take of the Zomboy cover, which turned out awesome straight away,
Enough babbling, enjoy the video! Thanks for checking it out, and I will be planning a new video session soon now that I am recovered from my stint of RSI/Tendonitis.
Thanks again to Vibe Drums, Meinl Cymbals and Promark Sticks for the awesome support!”
For more information on BENEVOLENT visit their official Facebook page here and their bandcamp page here where you can get hold of “The Covenant” album. Check out the live official video for the track ‘The Collector’ recorded at the Metal Eastern Night 3 in Dubai:
MONUMENTS are preparing for a European tour, starting on 13th March in Germany. Check out the list of dates on the poster: