Benevolent - The Covenant

7.8 | 32 votes |
Release date: 18 March 2014
Style: Extreme progressive metal, Djent


20 have it
9 want it

01. Void
02. Asphyxia
03. The Seeker
04. Radiate
05. Illusion
06. Heathen
07. The Collector
08. Dissipate
09. Metamorphosis
10. Ascension
11. Rebirth

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

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy
Cartographers take heed - Benevolent are here to put the Middle Eastern metal scene on the map.

published 22.03.2014 | Comments (11)

Combining djent grooves and progressive death metal with a great use of ambiance, Dubai's Benevolent have really raised the bar as to what we can expect from bands in this region. Despite many songs on The Covenant being around the 7-10 minute mark, it never overstays it's welcome due to the great musicianship showcased throughout as the albums flows back & forth between beauty & brutality.

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20.03.2014 - 09:09
Good Death Metal and clean vocals, and experimental/progressive instrumentation - this from just hearing "Asphyxia" - thanks to Nefarious for the pick here!!!
01.02.2015 - 01:11
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
Glad the Awards reminded me to listen to this - awesome record!
02.02.2015 - 17:31
Rating: 6
Stamp Tramp
This one went downhill for me pretty fast. The crunchy first track got me pumped. I like how the very djenty guitars are offset by acoustics, a different vocal approach, and other nontraditional elements to seperate it from the genre. However, I find the clean vocals to be a major snore. It is likely because they remind me of Insomnium's, which I find to be insufferable. If you are into that sort of thing, you will probably like this more. This album definitely takes you on a bit of a space odyssey, but one with too many pit-stops. Enjoyability=6, Musicianship=7.5, Innovation=6. About a 6.5 for me altogether.
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