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Benediction

Formed: 1989
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Benediction News

Below is our complete Benediction news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Bolt Thrower Announces U.S. Shows

British extreme metal veterans Bolt Thrower have announced they will be performing a string of shows in the United States this year, in addition to their appearance at the Maryland DeathFest, on what is being dubbed the, "Return to chaos" tour. They will be joined on the trek by fellow British death metal stalwarts, Benediction.

The tour schedule is as follows:

May 23 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
May 25 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House (with Autopsy)
May 26 - Oakland, SF - Metro Opera House (with Autopsy, Noothgrush)
May 28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
May 29 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 31 - Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's

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Sunday Old School: Benediction

We’ve seen before how Britain played a major part in the development of grindcore by producing such bands as Extreme Noise Terror and Bolt Thrower amongst others, but what about death metal? While the United States arguably produced the most well known death metal bands, the U.K. had some high quality contributions of their own. Everyone knows Scouse noise merchants, Carcass of course, but there’s another band that certainly deserves a mention when talking about the best in British extreme metal, namely, Benediction. Benediction was formed in the city of Birmingham, arguably the birthplace of heavy metal music, in 1989 by bassist, Paul Adams, along with vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway and guitarists Darren Brookes and Peter Rew. They recorded their first demo, "The Dreams You Dread" the same year and quickly garnered interest from German label, Nuclear Blast Records, signing a deal with them soon after. Only a year after they formed, Benediction released their debut full length album, "Subconscious Terror" in 1990, which gained favourable reviews in the metal media and impressed many of their contemporaries, so much so that Napalm Death invited Greenway to join them as their new vocalist, replacing the recently departed, Lee Dorrian, who had left to form the doom metal band, Cathedral.

Now in need of a new frontman, the group turned to fellow Brummie, Dave Ingram to take over behind the microphone. Following live shows with Bolt Thrower and Nocturnus (an American death metal band notable for fusing keyboards with their death metal sound,) the band recorded and released their sophomore album, "The Grand Leveller," in 1991. The record received an even better reception than their debut and helped spread their name in the international death metal scene. Despite the acclaim, Adams decided to leave the band after a tour with Dismember, leaving Brookes to perform bass duties as well as guitars on their next record, an EP entitled, "Dark is the Season." Eventually, they were able to find a new bass player in Cerebral Fix member, Frank Healy, who joined just in time to perform with their band during their first visit to Israel, before making his Benediction recording debut on the group’s third album, "Transcend the Rubicon." More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Band Lineup Announced For Eisenwahn Festival

Germany's Eisenwahn Festival will take place from July 29th until July 30th at the motocross racetrack of Obersinn.

Legion of the Damned will perform along with bands such as Sepultura, Amagortis, Benediction, Bigball, Clitsplit, Cripper, Debauchery, Die Grauen Herren, Heretic Soul, Hour Of Penance, Jack Slater, Kraanium, Negator, Onslaught, Tankard, The Crown, The Sickening, Torture Squad, and Trinity Site.

For further information on the Eisenwahn festival navigate over to this location.

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Enthrallment To Play Obscene Extreme 2011

Bulgarian death metal band Enthrallment will be performing at the upcoming Obscene Extreme 2011 festival, which takes place in the Czech Republic from July 7th - 9th.

Other bands confirmed for the show include Brujeria, Brutal Truth, The Rotted, Rotten Sound, Benediction, Entombed, Lock Up, Inhumate, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

Enthrallment also recently entered the recording studio to begin laying down tracks for the band's new album "The People From The Lands Of Vit." Further information is available here.

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Benediction To Play Scheduled South American Shows

U.K. based death metallers Benediction previously announced a string of South American tour dates, which were briefly put on hold due to the recent earthquakes. The band has now announced that all previously announced shows will go on as originally planned. The upcoming Benediction tour dates are as follows:

3/11 2010 SAO PAULO - BRASIL SAO PAULO
3/12 2010 SANTIAGO - CHILE SANTIAGO
3/13 2010 CORDOBA-ARGENTINA CORDOBA
3/14 2010 BUENOS AIRES - ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES
3/17 2010 BELEM - BRAZIL BELEM
3/18 2010 SAO LUIS - BRASIL SAO LUIIS
3/19 2010 BELO HORIZONTE- BRASIL BELO HORIZONTE
3/20 2010 SALVADOR - BRASIL SALVADOR
3/21 2010 CAMPINAS - BRAZIL CAMPINAS
4/2 2010 INFERNO FESTIVAL.. NORWAY OSLO
4/28 2010 ATAK CLUB - ENSCHEDE - HOLLAND ENSCHEDE
4/30 2010 NEUROTIC DEATHFEST - HOLLAND NEUROTIC DEATHFEST
5/1 2010 LONDON ULU LONDON
5/4 2010 RIO’S LEEDS
5/5 2010 CENTRAL STATION WREXHAM
5/6 2010 ASYLUM BIRMINGHAM
5/7 2010 WALPURGIS METAL DAYS FESTIVAL GERMANY
7/30 2010 ROCK AREA FESTIVAL LORELY GERMANY

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Bolt Thrower Seeking Local Bands For Support

British death metal and grindcore legends Bolt Thrower has announced that they want a local band to open for them on their forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom. They will also be joined by Greek black metallers Rotting Christ (as well as The Rotted and British death metal legends Benediction on select dates.) For more information, head over to Terrorizer.com.

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Benediction Recruits Nicholas Barker For Tour

Benediction has issued the following update about recruiting Nicholas Barker as their touring drummer:

"Well, we start gigging again soon but there will be a slight change in line up for this years dates. Neil Hutton will not be drumming with us this year (except for Saturday may 1st show in London with Bolt Thrower where he will be behind the kit). As personal reasons dictate that he is unable to do so. So as usual we have dragged in our good friend Nicholas Barker to smash the kit up behind us. Nick has been a close friend for years and has shared the stage with us on numerous occasions over the last decade. Nicholas will be banned from doing blast beats with us though !!!!! So turn up and enjoy the shows this year."

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Bolt Thrower Announces First Shows In Greece

British grindcore legends Bolt Thrower has announced that they will be performing in Greece for the first time in their careers at the end of this May. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Not only do we have the pleasure of taking the Greek giants Rotting Christ on tour with us, but we can soon say that we have played in their homeland too. As for the first time ever, Bolt Thrower are coming to Greece!

"We were so fed up with being harassed by the crazy Greek maniacs who have been following us all over the world, and being stalked for many years by the most persistent of promoters, Harry Katinakis, that we have finally given in to their pleas to come over."

The bands European tour schedule is as follows: More...

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Initial Bands Confirmed for Rockarea Fest 2010

SACRED REICH, BENEDICTION and ENSIFERUM are among the first confirmed bands for next year's edition of the Rockarea festival, set to take place July 29-31, 2010 in Loreley, Germany. The lineup so far includes:

BENEDICTION
ENSIFERUM
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GORILLA MONSOON
MEGAERA
SACRED REICH

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Benediction Confirmed For Inferno Festival

Benediction have announced their first Norwegian show will take place at the 2010 edition of the Inferno Festival. The festival will take place from March 31st to April 3rd, 2010 in Oslo. The other confirmed bands include Mayhem, Taake, Finntroll, The Kovenant, Natchtmystium, and Jarboe.

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Benediction Postpones South American Tour

U.K. death metallers Benediction have issued the following update about postponing their South American tour:

"Due to visa problems Benediction will not be in South America this December. Dates will be rescheduled. Please note that the band will DEFINITELY still be playing there but just need to sort the red tape bollocks out first. Shit happens,don't worry about it!"

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Obituary Announces South American Tour

American death metal legends Obituary has announced that they will be heading to South America for a headlining tour in December. Some shows (where marked) will be taking place with Austrian blackened death metal outfit Belphegor.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Ex-Cradle Of Filth Drummer Joins Benediction

Veteran metal drummer Nick Barker, who has previously been a part of Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Dimmu Borgir, Exodus, Lock Up and Brujeria, will be joining British death metal veterans Benediction on their upcoming tour of South America which is scheduled to kick off in December. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Venues and cities are still coming through but this is what is shaping up so far. Our good friend, Nick Barker, will be on the drums for Benediction on this tour so it should be a full on holocaust!"

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Benediction Comments On Evile Bassist's Passing

British death metal veterans Benediction has posted a brief but sincere message online regarding Evile bass player Mike Alexander, who passed away while the band were on tour in Sweden two days ago. The message reads as follows:

"We lost another friend in the metal family. 32 is no age for anyone to go. We suggest you all go to the Evile site and show your support for the rest of the band who must be going through hell at losing their brother at the beginning of their biggest tour they had done." More...

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Five More Bands Added To Hellfire II Festival

The organizers of Britain's Hellfire festival has announced that Evile, Sylosis, Xerath, The Plight and Blakfish have all been added to the lineup. The event will be taking place at the Birmingham NEC from August 6-8.

The lineup is as follows:

Saxon
Anvil
Fields of Nephilim
Benediction
Bury Tomorrow
Cinders Fall
Malefice
My Dying Bride
Evile
Sylosis
No Made Sense
Trigger The Bloodshed
Tesseract
Viking Skull
Rise To Remain
Spit Like This
Sacred Mother Tongue
October File
Xerath
The Plight
Blakfish

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfire Festival 2009

Several more bands have been announced this years edition of the Hellfire Festival, which is being held at the Birmingham NEC from November 6th until November 8th. The latest bands to be confirmed are Benediction, Trigger The Bloodshed, My Dying Bride, Cinders Fall, Malefice, Bury Tomorrow and No Made Sense.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Saxon
Anvil
Fields of Nephilim
Benediction
Bury Tomorrow
Cinders Fall
Malefice
My Dying Bride
No Made Sense
Trigger The Bloodshed
Tesseract
Viking Skull
Rise To Remain
Spit Like This
Sacred Mother Tongue
October File

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UK Death Fest Announces Final Line Up

The first-ever UK Deathfest, happening on May 3rd in Leeds, UK has hammered out their final line up. It looks like it will be a fantastic show. The line up for the UK Deathfest is:

Vader (Headlining)
Repulsion
Origin
Akercocke
Benediction
The Rotted
Desecration
Leng Tch'e
Dam
Lazarus Blackstar
Reth
Ingested
Black Sun
Infected Disarray
Esclavage

Tickets run £19.50; priced low in light of our current economic situation. If you haven't heard some of the bands, you can go to the UK Deathfest Myspace to hear some sample songs.

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