In 2013, Ben got his big break as the live guitarist for the UK Grindcore/Death Metal legends Carcass, on the back of his homemade YouTube tutorials and tribute videos to support the US top 40 ‘Comeback’ release ‘Surgical Steel’ (Nuclear Blast). After 5 years of extensive international touring with Slayer, Testament and Deafheaven, Ben took time out to focus on getting back into an educational teaching role at WaterBear. In 2019, Ben played live session guitar for Norwegian Grammy award winning black metal band Satyricon, playing main support for Slayer on their ‘Farewell’ tour and playing the 25th anniversary ‘Rebel Extravaganza’ LP show at Tons of Rock (Norway) that year.
- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.