Benevolent (band)

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Benevolent
Origin Lebanon, UAE, Founded in Kuwait
Genres Experimental metal
Progressive Metal
Years active 2007–present
Website [www.youtube.com/benevolentband Benevolent on Myspace]
Benevolent's Facebook page
Benevolent's Official Bandcamp page
Members Hadi Sarieddine
Fadi Sarieddine
Mohammed Gad
Past members Adel Al-Qattan
Bader Nana
Khalid Al-Mansour
Hisham Khalil

Benevolent is an extreme/experimental metal band formed in 2007 by Lebanese brothers Hadi and Fadi Sarieddine. Formerly based in Kuwait, the band is now UAE-based.

History[edit]

Formation & Lineup Changes (2007–2009)[edit]

Benevolent was founded by brothers Hadi Sarieddine and Fadi Sarieddine in May 2007 under the name Eminence. The band had initially started as a cover band for music by bands such as Opeth, Tool, and other music.

In 2008, the band released its first single titled "Solace", which was a mellow and ambient track with Fadi Sarieddine on cleans vocals.

In mid-2009, the band was joined by Adel Al-Qattan on guitars, and Bader Nana on drums. The band soon began writing original material, which culminated in two track: "Corporatacide" and "Augmented". (The song "Augmented" was later released on the band's debut EP under the name "The Tyrant"). The sound that the band presented in the two new releases declared a new direction and change of sound that the band is moving toward, in comparison to the band's previous release "Solace", the new tracks were very heavy, and with the vocals shifting to growls throughout. However, the band carried forward the ambient and atmospheric elements into their new direction.

Soon after the release of "Augmented" in early 2010, Adel Al-Qattan and Bader Nana had departed from the band to focus on other projects.

Recording Divided EP (December 2009–August 2010)[edit]

Benevolent entered the studio to begin work on record material for what has become the band's debut EP, titled Divided. Working exclusively with Sajid "Sarj" Masoud at Sarj's Studio, Kuwait.

The band would write songs and enter the studio to record songs individually, this process spanned the period from December 2009 up until August 2010, when the band finalized all recordings for Divided.

"The Tyrant" was previously released as "Augmented" in late January, 2010. However, Fadi had re-recorded the growl vocals for the version that is on Divided EP.

The second single off the EP was the song "Haunting Shores".[1] which showcased a new and more focused direction in the band's sound. Involving elements of poly rhythmic beats, low tuned guitars, and a general move toward what is referred to as Djent.[citation needed] The song also was the first to feature clean vocals by Hadi Sarieddine.

The songs "Clairvoyant Transmission", "Purgatory", and "The Quantum Paradox" were all finalized toward the end of the recording process across the summer of 2010.

Divided EP[edit]

On November 5, 2010, the band released its debut EP titled Divided.[2] The EP featured five songs including "Haunting Shores" and "The Tyrant".

Divided was released exclusively for free download on the band's Bandcamp page.

On January 10, 2011, Benevolent announced through their Facebook page that the line up of the band has been completed with the addition of Mohammed Gad on Bass Guitar. The band also confirmed their appearance in shows promoting Divided in February 2011 in the Middle East.[3][4]

It was officially announced on the band's Official Facebook page that the band will return to the studio on May 27,[5] 2011 to commence work on a single which will be released through the summer of 2011. The release of the single was later pushed and the songs will be featured on the upcoming full length.

On July 10, 2011, Benevolent debuted their first official music video which features a guitar play-through of the song Clairvoyant Transmission. Hadi Sarieddine worked with the designer of the artwork from Divided as a director and producer for the video.[6]

'The Covenant' and Working With Andols Herrick[edit]

'The Covenant' is Benevolent's first full length album, the record was released digitally on March 18th 2014 independently by the band. Andols Herrick (formerly of Chimaira) was announced as the guest drummer on the album.[7]

'The Covenant' was recorded at Haven Studio, produced and mixed by Hadi Sarieddine. The album was mastered by Tesseract's Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds in the UK.

Discography[edit]

Divided EP (2010)[edit]

Track list[edit]

  1. "Clairvoyant Transmission"
  2. "Purgatory"
  3. "The Tyrant"
  4. "Haunting Shores"
  5. "The Quantum Paradox"
  • Co-produced, mixed, and engineered by Sajid "Sarj" Masoud at Sarj's Studio, Kuwait.
  • Drums written by Hadi Sarieddine & Bader Nana, digitized by Sajid "Sarj" Masoud
  • Guitars recorded by Hadi Sarieddine (Adel Al-Qattan appears on "The Tyrant" and "The Quantum Paradox")
  • Bass recorded by Hadi Sarieddine
  • Vocals recorded by Fadi Sarieddine (Growls, and cleans on "The Tyrant") and Hadi Sarieddine (Cleans)
  • Keyboards and pianos digitized and engineered by Hadi Sarieddine


The Covenant (2014)[edit]

Track list[edit]

  1. "Void"
  2. "Asphyxia"
  3. "The Seeker"
  4. "Radiate"
  5. "Illusion"
  6. "Heathen"
  7. "The Collector"
  8. "Dissipate"
  9. "Metamorphosis"
  10. "Ascension"
  11. "Rebirth"
  • Produced, mixed, and engineered by Hadi Sarieddine at Haven Studio
  • Guitars recorded by Hadi Sarieddine and Mohammed Gad
  • Bass recorded by Mohammed Gad
  • Drums recorded by Andols Herrick at Studio D Productions
  • Keyboards and pianos digitized and engineered by Hadi Sarieddine
  • Mastered by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds
  • Album artwork by Edidong Udo


Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Session members[edit]

  • Prasad Jayaruwan - Drums

Past members[edit]

  • Adel Al-Qattan - Guitars
  • Bader Nana - Drums
  • Khalid Al Mansour - Drums
  • Hisham Khalil - Guitars

References[edit]

  1. ^ 9:19 AM. "New Benevolent Song Online For Download - in Metal News". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  2. ^ "BENEVOLENT Release Debut EP DIVIDED For FREE DOWNLOAD | METALITY.Net | Heavy Metal News, Reviews, Interviews, and Videos |". Metality.Net. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Benevolent". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Benevolent - Clairvoyant Transmission (OFFICIAL GUITAR VIDEO)". YouTube. 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20). "Former Chimaira Drummer To Guest On Benevolent Album - Blabbermouth.net". Legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 

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