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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.
Memoriam - featuring ex-Bolt Thrower vocalist Karl Willetts and drummer Andrew Whale alongside Benediction guitarist Scott Fairfax and bassist Frank Healy - debuts a new song and lyric video entitled "Surrounded By Death". The track is taken from the upcoming new album "For The Fallen", which will be released March 24th throuch Nuclear Blast.
Check out now "Surrounded By Death" below.
Commented Karl Willetts: More...
Old school death metal super-group Echelon - featuring Dave Ingram (Hail of Bullets, ex-Bolt Thrower and Benediction), Kjetil Lynghaug and Johan Berglund (Paganizer) - debuts a new video for "Lex Talionis", taken from the band's latest album "The Brimstone Aggrandizement", which is available now through Transcending Obscurity Records - digitally, in a limited edition digipak CD, and bundled with a Mark Riddick-designed shirt.
Check out now "Lex Talionis" below.
New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Benighted, Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming self-titled EP, which comes out on Wednesday, November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Records in a limited box-set format as well as standard formats.
Check out now "Stench Price" in its entirety below.
International death metal supergroup Echelon - featuring Hail of Bullets and Paganizer members - premieres a new song entitled "Plague of the Altruistic", taken from the upcoming new album "The Brimstone Aggrandizement", which will be out in stores December 22 via Transcending Obscurity Records.
Check out now "Plague of the Altruistic" below.
The artwork for the as of yet untitled effort will be created by Mark Riddick (from Transcending Obscurity Records label mates Fetid Zombie). More...
New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, ex-Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres a new music video for "Pressure", taken from the upcoming self-titled EP, which will be out in stores November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Productions.
Check out now "Pressure" below.
The band consists of: More...
Fan-filmed live footage of Hail of Bullets performing "Ordered Eastward", with the band's new vocalist David Ingram (Benediction, Bolt Thrower), at this year’s edition of the Maryland Deathfest is streaming below. The track is taken from 2008’s release "Of Frost and War".
Check out now "Ordered Eastward" below.
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
Bone Gnawer, the death metal outfit led by Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas) premieres another new track titled "Horrors In The House Of Human Remains" taken from the upcoming album "Cannibal Crematorium" which showcases numerous special guests like Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower), Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie), Vincent Crowley (Acheron), and Noel Kemper (Gruesome Stuff Relish).
Check out now "Horrors In The House Of Human Remains" featuring Matt Witchclan of Deadman's Blood.
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
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...
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:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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...
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:
Check out ACHERON's latest music video for "I am heathen" below.