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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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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:

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

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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:

Fields of Nephilim
Bury Tomorrow
Cinders Fall
My Dying Bride
No Made Sense
Trigger The Bloodshed
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)
The Rotted
Leng Tch'e
Lazarus Blackstar
Black Sun
Infected Disarray

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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Benediction Posts Damnation Festival Report

British death metal act Benediction has posted the following message online:

"Damnation... Fucking Hell!

"What else can we say?

"We had a fucking great day. Met up with a lot of old friends in the other bands and made a few new ones too. Without a single doubt though the top honours have to go to the crowds who made every band that played feel like the headline act. A credit to the metal scene, well chuffed. We did not expect the reaction we got when we walked on stage and it will stay with us for a long time. Thanks for the carnage. It was a fitting end to our tour to watch the mayhem unfold as we played. The world now knows that The UK has an extreme metal fest to match and better any other one about. Finally a big thank you to Gav and the rest of the Damnation organisers for keeping their promise and getting Benediction and our crew completely drunk. A job well done!"

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Benediction To Enter The Studio Next Year

British extreme metallers Benediction has posted the following message online:

"First off, a big thank you to everybody that turned up to the shows on the tour.also apologies to the few shows that got cancelled, this was beyond our control due to tour bus issues,fire,breaking down etc etc!!! A special mention has to go out to HOLY MOSES and NOMINON, who we are privileged to know and stuck together when all manner of shit was happening to us all on tour. In particular we would like to thank holy moses guitarist Michael who managed to fix just about everything that we broke on the tour!!! We love you matey.

"Now then, our plans for 2009.benediction will be going into the studio again in January/February to record the follow up to Killing Music. It is now written and its down to the fine tuning and choosing what tracks to be on the final recording. To promote this release the band will only be doing festivals and one off shows worldwide except for a Balkans tour which was missed out on the No Reunion Required tour. It will be our 20th anniversary as a band in 2009 and we intend to make some sort of event for ourselves for it. More...

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Benediction Posts Unreleased Song Online

U.K. death metal legends have posted the following message online:

"We have decided to add 'Dissembler' to our site simply because we want to hear something new again!!!

"This track was recorded on the Killing Music sessions. It is not being released on the album either and is exclusive to this site (for now!!!).

"We have more unreleased tracks from the Killing Music recordings and will put them up on here for you to have a listen to over the next few months.

"I dunno, you wait for ages for something and then loads all come at once, just like buses!!!"

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Onslaught Guitarist Speaks On Damnation Festival

Guitarist Nige Rockett of British thrash metallers Onslaught has posted the following message regarding the bands appearance at the festival:

"This is gonna be a fucking killer show and definitely the best UK festival for 2008. The line-up is truly awesome, boasting the Premier, most Extreme Metal bands from all genres this country (UK) has had to offer over the past 25 years...Hats off to the promoters for getting this one together. This could well be our last UK appearance before we wind up the Killing Peace' promotion, so hope to see you all there.......... for what I guarantee will be one insane fucking day."

The lineup for Damnation festival is as follows:


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Benediction Launches Album Listening Page

U.K. based death metallers Benediction have launched a preview page for their forthcoming new album, "Killing Music." The page contains two brand new tracks and information about the band. You can visit the site at this location.

"Killing Music" is scheduled to be released on August 22nd via Nuclear Blast records. A special edition will also be issued which features two bonus tracks and a DVD.

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Benediction Posts New Song Online

BENEDICTION have posted a new song, “Immaculate Façade,” over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s upcoming new album, “Killing Music,” which is due out on August 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Benediction Complete Recording Of New Album

British extremists BENEDICTION have posted this bulletin on their MySpace pahe:

"Well, that's it. We've recorded everything and now we have to let go of it. It is in the more than capable hands of the producer, Mick 'ginger c**t' Kenney of ANAAL NATHRAKH infamy. If you can imagine the crispness of the grind bastard album with the ferocity of ANAAL NATHRAKH on a disc then you will get the idea of what is to come. A lot of beer, football, hospitals, pubs, curries, kebabs, kitkats and crisps went into the making of 'Killing Music'! Thanks to everyone who popped in on the recording sessions to give support and drink our free beer! We look forward to hearing the finished product once Mick has weaved his ginger magic on our baby." More...

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Benediction Release Tracklisting For New Album

Long-running UK extreme metallers BENEDICTION have revealed the tentative track listing for their new album, entitled "Killing Music". According to the band, "[these titles are] in no particular order and may not necessarily make the final album release as there are still more being recorded."

"Killing Music" tentative track listing:

01. Hells Gate
02. Cold, Deathless, Unrepentant
03. Killing Music
04. Dripping With Disgust
05. Dissembler
06. Rats In The Mask (Controlopolis)
07. Betrayer
08. Immaculate Facade
09. They Bleed
10. Frozen Heart
11. The Grey Man
12. As Her Skin Weeps
13. They Must Die Screaming
14. Seeing Through My Eyes (BROKEN BONES cover)
15. Largactyl (AMEBIX cover)

The album is due before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

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Benediction Announce Benefit Show

Birmingham, UK-based death metal legends BENEDICTION have announced via their MySpace page that they will play a benefit concert in rememberence of Ian "Wolfie" Smith at Scruffy Murphy's in Birmingham on February 17th.

Tickets for the show are £5.00 with all proceeds go to the Birmingham Childrens Hospital. Tickets are strictly limited to 200 and 100 have been sold so be quick. it is an all day gig so lots of other local bands will be performing as well.

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Benediction Reveal Song Titles For New Album

Birmingham, UK-based death metal legends BENEDICTION check in with the following update:

"The album is coming along nicely. Here's a few song titles... as you can see, the subject matter of these songs are all nice and lovely sounding and about flowers in springtime and cooking!!! Or maybe not."

Track titles include: 'Killing Music', 'Dripping With Disgust', 'Rats In The Mask (Controlopolis)', 'They Bleed', 'I Am The Betrayer', 'Dissembler'.

The band continue, "More to come as we finish them off."

"At the moment there will be a mini-tour of the Balkans in June and a full European tour in September and October to promote the Killing Music album with a few festival shows in between."

"Specific dates will follow shortly. Thanks for your patience, we are getting there now!!"

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Benediction Issue Year-End Update

Long-running UK extreme metallers BENEDICTION have issued the following update:

"Well, that went quick! We'd like to thank everyone who came to any of the festivals we played, and supported us in 2007. The biggest surprise for BENEDICTION was the response from you all when we hit the stage. It was not expected to have the crowd going crazy through every song we played at every festival, you all have very good memories for old songs! The fact that we have not released anything since 2001 made the support of us even more unexpected."

"Well, now we are in the middle of sorting our next release. 'Killing Music' will be in your grubby hands in early summer 2008. Things are going well and this year will see a whole new set list instead of just the 'greatest hits' that we have trawled around for the last few years. We hope that like in 2007, a lot of the festivals will want us on their bill and if they do, then we will be there." More...

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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