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Kévin Paradis
Benighted
France
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From kevinparadisdrumming.com:

Born in June 1991 in Le Puy En Velay, France, Kevin has started to play drums when he was 6 years old. His first influences were Queen, ZZ Top, Mr.Big, Def Leppard etc. He followed drums lessons at the state conservatory of Lozère during 12 years. His teacher Michel Blanc, used Dante Agostini method, and is a very skilled experimental Jazz drummer. Discovering bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Accept or Iron Maiden, Kevin was at that time continuing his journey through Heavy Metal and Rock Music.

Aged 16 years, he started a band with mates from high school, name “Dead Talking Mind”. First gigs and recording occurred. Starting studies in Philosophy at university Jean Moulin Lyon III, Kevin slowly begun a new journey in Extreme Metal Music, listening to bands like Lamb Of God, Fear Factory or Nile. Around the 2010?, double bass a became a part of his drumming.

At 21 years old, more familiar with extreme metal drumming, Kevin left “Dead Talking Mind” and joined thrash metal band “Deadlysins”, recording one album with them, during the 3 years he spend with the band. In 2013, he joined “The Seven Gates”, a Death Metal band from Lyon, releasing at that time a Drum Play-through of the song “Polymorph Demon”, which allowed his name to be better known. About the same time, Kevin has also joined “Death Lab”, Technical Death Metal from Bordeaux. Leaving “The Seven Gates”, these later work allowed Kevin to start a more professional career.

Also in 2013, Kevin has started to work with “Benighted” as a live session drummer. 2014 was the year of Kevin’s first European tour, as a session drummer, with “Seth”, Black Metal from Bordeaux.

The same year he joined Blackened Death Metal band from Nice (Fr) “Svart Crown”, with which he has recorded one album, “Abreaction” (Century Media), tour Europe 2 times in 2014 and 2015, and the US 2 times in 2015 and 2017. During this period of time, Kevin has also joined Blackened Death Metal french band “Mithridatic” (2013), recording album “Miserable Miracle” (2016) and live album “He Who Lies Underneath” , (2018), but also, he has joined french Death Metal pioneer “Agressor” (2014), and founded with mates from Dead Talking Mind Progressive Metal band “The Arisen” (2014).

All these experiences allowed Kevin to work a session drummer. In 2015 he recorded drum for the Extreme Metal band “Gorsed Noctis” on the album “Orgy On Meridians”. Between 2014 and 2016, Kevin was live session drummer for Sumerian Metal band “Melechesh”, a work which include a performance enormous festival “Rock Al Parque”, or a European tour with “Nile”. Between 2017 and 2018, Kevin was also a session drummer for swedish Black Metal band Shining.

Despite all these work as live session drummer, Kevin’s main activity since 2015 is studio session. You can hear his drumming on :

Virulent Depravity, Fruit Of The Poisened Tree, (2017)
Sutrah, Dunes, (2017)
Serocs, The Phobos/Deimos Suite,(2018)
Construct Of Lethe, Exiler,(2018)
And many others… (see “Discography”)

By the end of 2017, having left Svart Crown, Kevin has joined Benighted as a permanent drummer, recording studio and live EP Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Season Of Mist). In 2018, he did his fifth Europe tour with Benighted, the successful “Hell Over Europe II” tour.

Kevin is currently working on Mithridatic next full length album, expected in 2019, and on Benighted next full lengt
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