Eat Sleep and Breathe Metal
Eat Sleep and Breathe Metal
Mike Berrens is a local drummer with 30 years playing experience. He is from the Akron area in Ohio. Mike’s powerful yet technical style of drumming adds a level of energy to his band’s stage presence that can rival that of the big-time drummers that have been performing professionally for years. Mike’s playing is influenced by the music he grew up listening to, which would include bands like Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer, and Iron Maiden. Mike also has a passion for new metal bands like Jinjer and In This Moment. Mike took drum lessons as an early teen and progressed onto a drum set by age 15. He marched Drum and Bugle corps from age 18-21. During this time, he spent the summers of ’95 - ‘98 living on a tour bus and playing with large groups of other percussionists and musicians. Also, at this time he received instruction by some of the best educators in the area. This helped to shape his dedication and attention to detail, along with the ability to add a different use of rudimental drumming techniques and metallics to his playing style. He has performed venues such as Camp Randall, Pitt, and Rich Stadiums, as well as the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fl. Mike’s experience playing in this type of atmosphere has helped to shape his playing style to date. Mike has also played with the bands Born of Osiris and The Twistoffs. Mike has a passion for music, and it shows through his playing. Mike took some time off from his playing to pursue a career as a chef and spend time doing hobbies like gardening, landscaping, and woodworking. Now focused back on his music, he joined the band Valkyrie X, who is working with Misanthropik Records. Their music can be found on Pandora, and Spotify. With plans for a new album and upcoming tour, exciting things are just over the horizon. .
Tim started playing guitar at the age of 12 and has been playing in bands for 20+ years. Kiss and Ace Frehley in particular are the two artists that have inspired him to pick up a guitar and want to play in a band. From there, it opened the door to all things hard rock and metal. He started playing on stage in local band Smash Palace in June of 1995. Other bands he have played for were Strych 9, Weapons of Mass Destruction (W.M.D), and Incursia. He started putting together the project that would become Valkyrie X in late 2017 and it officially became Valkyrie X in June of 2018. Their first show was August 19th of 2018 when they opened for a National band at the Empire Concert Club in Akron. His two biggest influences on guitar are Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde, both his all-time favorite guitar players. Outside of his music career, he enjoys a little wind therapy on his 2002 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide or his Jeep as long as weather permits. He has a passion for firearms and likes spending spare time at the range. He loves anything viking and medieval and visiting renaissance faires in the summer and fall. He really loves travelling, exploring new places, and new places to eat. Living life and enjoying every minute!