Legendary extreme metal drummer Nicholas Barker (LOCK UP, BRUJERIA, DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) took part in a unique musical collaboration in Berwick upon Tweed earlier this month month.
Members of the Berwick RBL and Eyemouth RBLS pipe bands performed a selection of traditional piping songs, played along to Barker's inimitable extreme metal drum beats.
This performance took place in the Henry Travers Studio, The Maltings Theatre and Cinema on Friday, June 6.
This collaboration was part of a project, "Metal Militia", by artist S Mark Gubb, part of the Gymnasium Gallery programme for Berwick Visual Arts. In the Gymnasium Gallery, a sound and light installation brought together multiple heavy metal drum samples to create a powerful and immersive visual experience. The project drew on the events of March 1689, which led to the birth of The King's Own Scottish Borderers. On that day, in the space of two hours, a militia was raised to defend Edinburgh against the Jacobites. This was achieved by a man beating a drum to raise people's attention and, to this day, this regiment retains the unique right, by law, to raise a militia "by beat of drum."
The one-off live performance was filmed to be included at a later date in the Gymnasium Gallery as part of the "Metal Militia" exhibition.
The project logo was designed by Christophe "Lord Of The Logos" Szpajdel, the world's leading designer of black and death metal band logos. This was reproduced as a limited-edition t-shirt which was given, free, to the first 50 people through the doors at the performance.