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This week, we go all the way to Dubai to bring you Benevolent. The band’s first full length album, The Covenant, will be released on March 18th. The band have a heavy prog/djent sound, both which should appeal to fans of Meshuggah and Periphery. The three-piece also enlisted some star power for the album, with former Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick playing on the album. TesseracT’s Acle Kahney mastered the 64-minute album. “We cannot be more excited to share the album with everyone,” frontman Fadi Sarieddine says. “It’s a true representation of that chapter of our lives that took place. The record sounds exactly the way we all pictured it when we were putting it together. There’s a lot more prog on The Convenant, and a lot more moments for both ambient and groove metal lovers to enjoy.”
To familiarize listeners with Benevolent, they’ve released two tracks from the album on YouTube. “The Seeker” starts out extremely heavy before leading to a melodic chorus, with plenty of rhythm changes and interludes. The seven-minute track is followed by “Radiate,” an ambient interlude.
Forming in 2007 in Kuwait, the band released an EP in 2010 and now call Dubai their home. You can hear their first EP at their Bandcamp page, which is also where you’ll be able to pick up The Covenant in March.