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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 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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Benediction Reform and Book Studio Time

Long-running British Death Metal legends BENEDICTION have posted the following statement on their MySpace page:

“OK, they’ve talked and talked about it for long enough. The boys will be going into the studio on November 21 (booked and confirmed!) to actually record the fucking album (Killing Music) at long last. It will be released at the end of March 2008 and a full tour will commence in April 2008 for God knows how long followed by as many festivals that will allow them to play!!! There will be at least 12 tracks on the final mix, maybe more, if the studio can keep them out of the bar for long enough. Let’s hope they manage to stay alive long enough to get in the studio considering the mayhem they cause by just popping out for a few drinks together!!! Get the ambulances ready, it’s gonna get messy.”

The line up of BENEDICTION consists of:

Dave Hunt – Vocals
Darren Brookes – Guitar
Peter Rew – Guitars
Frank Healy – Bass
Nicholas Barker – Drums

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Benediction Bassist Talks About New Album

Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock recently conducted an interview with BENEDICTION bassist Frank Healy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Tangra Mega Rock: To begin with, the world is avid to get your new album. When is it going to be ready?

Frank: We'll go in the studio on November 21 with a guy called Scott Atkins. He's the partner of Andy Sneap, who did our albums "Grind Bastard" (1998) and "Organised Chaos" (2001). The CD will be out at the end of March 2008 on Nuclear Blast Records, as always.

Tangra Mega Rock: It's been six years since your latest effort "Organised Chaos" came out. Why did it take you so long to start working on a new record?

Frank: We're just incredibly lazy, he-he... No, we had problems with drummers that we weren't happy with. After Neil Hutton, who played on most BENEDICTION albums, originally left in 2005, we were using stand-in drummers live. However, Neil's back now and he'll record the next album as well. We've been using Nick Barker a bit live, but he's too busy at the moment, so we're gonna stick to what we consider the best BENEDICTION line-up.

Tangra Mega Rock: They say you guys are monsters on stage.

Frank: Monsters? Does it mean we're bloody ugly or something?

Tangra Mega Rock: I don't know, ha-ha!

Frank: I know we've got a reputation of being essentially a live band. When we're on stage there's no choreography or something — we're just playing and enjoying it with the fans. In a live situation you've gotta have a really good reason to go after BENEDICTION, because we're quite aggressive. The whole stage belongs to us. We are the band of the day on any show, any festival, anywhere. No matter whether we're at the bottom or top of the bill, we play as if we are the headliners. We're totally into the music.

Tangra Mega Rock: In death metal you can often find lyrics based on religious topics. However, Benediction is a bit apart of this tendency. What is your attitude towards religious topics in music?

Frank: It's everybody to their own, you know. I might not tell other bands what to play or sing about, and I don't really care. We're not a political or religious band in any way, and we don't want to preach anything to anybody in any ways.

Tangra Mega Rock: Finally, could you give us some more details about your upcoming album?

Frank: It's called "Killing Music" and it should contain 12 tracks. We'll start recording on November 21 and it will be out in the end of March on Nuclear Blast, which we've been with nearly as long as the label's been alive — 17 years. We're good friends, and we can still talk to the boss Markus Staiger. Our relationship with him has always been good, and we're not gonna let him down with this album. It's gonna tear his head off in the office!

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Downlord Vocalist Joins Strangler

Dave Ingram, current vocalist for DOWNLORD, and former growler for BENEDICTION and BOLT THROWER, has joined Danish zombie-shaggers STRANGLER, which was created by Mads Haarløv after the funeral of Haarløv's prior underground icons, INIQUITY.

Dave Ingram: "I have both the energy and the creativity to be in two bands, and - equally as important - the backing of the Downlord dudes, so why the fuck not?!! I once worked with Mads in a band called DESERT MOUTH (in '98) prior to my tenure in Bolt Thrower, and have always wanted to work with that sick fucker again. I got given the chance, so I took it. So now I guess I'm damned... but, then again.... I was from birth!!"

Strangler currently only have a MySpace page available, where their 4-track demo - featuring Haarløv on vocals - is available to download for a limited time only.

Ingram: "The plan is for me to re-record the vocals on that demo, and then we'll release it online - again for free - and see where it takes us. So for now... go grab that sick fucking recording before we abort it!!!!"

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Benediction Cancel US Tour

According to the website of the Virginia-based venue, Jaxx, Benediction have cancelled their U.S tour due to immigration problems. Though the U.S tour has been cancelled, Benediction will be performing at some festivals in Europe, they are as follows:

6/30 With Full Force in Roitzschjora, Germany
8/6 Metalheads Mission in Gmünd, Germany
8/25 Up from the Ground in Evapatoriya, Ukraine
9/8 Hellflame Fest in Osnabrück, Germany
9/9 Caos Emergente in Oporto, Portugal
9/18 Bloodstock OA in Derby, UK
9/22 Hellflame South in Lichtenfels, Germany

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Epica and Kiuas Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2007

Dutch Gothic Metal Band EPICA and Finnish Metallers KIUAS are the latest additions to the line up for this years Bloodstock Open Air. To recap, bands confirmed so far are:

In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Arch Enemy
Dream Evil
Rise To Addiction
Beyond All Reason

Many more bands to be announced.

As previously reported, the open air leg of this year’s Bloodstock has moved from July 6-7 to August 16-18. The rescheduling also means that the annual indoor part, usually held in September will not be taking place this year. Despite the confusion and disappointment, the event which takes place at Derbyshire’s Catton Hall boasts its strongest line-up yet.

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Nick Barker Is Still A Member Of Benediction

Long-running British metallers BENEDICTION have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"A lot of questions have been asked about [the status of BENEDICTION drummer] Nick Barker [formerly of DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH]. Yes, he is still BENEDICTION's drummer, and yes, he is helping TESTAMENT out on drums on their tour and album. This was discussed between us and it is no problem to either band. Put yourself in Nick's shoes — one of your favorite bands of all time asks you to use your drumming skills on their tour and write on their new album; it is a chance of a lifetime! It was talked about on both sides and Nick had our full blessing on this. On some of the festivals in Europe this year he will be playing sets for both bands on the same day! If you know Nick, then you will know that there is no problem with stamina! How many bands do various members of NAPALM [DEATH] play with on top of their own NAPALM DEATH thing? Frank Healy and Dave Hunt from BENEDICTION also play and record with other bands (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, CEREBRAL FIX). The loyalty within the band is also strong so we have no problems about these things happening. Nick could have left BENEDICTION if he wanted. We said we would understand if he wanted to join one the most legendary outfits in the world. He wanted to stay as a part of BENEDICTION. That speaks volumes. BENEDICTION is a unit, not a single person. Our live shows this year will let the music do the talking for us."

BENEDICTION's new album, "Killing Music", will be released later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band recently re-signed. The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of drummer Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name).

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Benediction Post Update

Benediction gave the following update via their website:

At the moment, the band are taking a short break from eachother before starting on the recording on the new album. In the meantime, Nick Barker is helping bay area legends Testament out with some live shows and maybe playing on the new album by them as well.

Frank Healy is doing a few shows with the reformed Cerebral Fix and writing and playing on their new album. He has also finished writing material for another band called The Burning Deities.

Dave Hunt is doing a new album with Mistress and also some live shows with Anaal Nathrakh.

There are a few lyrics that need sorting out on the new Benediction and also choosing which tracks threy will include on Killing music. At the moment there are too many songs !!!!

Benediction will also be playing at some european festivals this summer. Go to the Tourdates pages or to the myspace pages to see the details of these shows.

New merchandise is also beeing finalised and will be put up on both myspace site and this one. Some photo’s will be sent to both sites over the week. More festival appearances are in the contract stage and will be forwarded to both sites once they are confirmed.

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Belphegor Confirmed for HellFlame Festival

Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has been confirmed for the Hellflame Festival, set to take place on September 8 at N8 in Osnabrück, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


In other news, BELPHEGOR has scheduled two dates in Russia in April. The details are as follows:

Apr. 13 - Port Club - St. Petersburg, RUS
Apr. 14 - Tochka Club – Moscow, RUS

BELPHEGOR's video for the song "Bluhtsturm Erotika" — produced and directed by Florian Werner — has been posted online at Belphegor.at. The song comes off the group's new album, "Pestapokalypse VI", which was released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

BELPHEGOR recently took part in Glenn Danzig's Blackest of the Black Tour, which was revived last month for a two-week West Coast run. Also appearing on the bill were DANZIG, LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED and ASESINO.

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Benediction Gives Update On Band Members, Album

Long-running U.K. extreme metallers BENEDICTION have issued the following update:

"A lot of you are asking what is going on with BENEDICTION. Well, here goes:

"On the new album front, we are fine tuning the guitar fill and lyrics and trying to decide on the final track listing. We have way too many tracks for one album, so once we narrow them down, we will go straight into the studio and record the fucking thing. We are also waiting for the record producer to book us in. We have waited this long so we do not mind waiting a little longer until his current projects are fulfilled.

"In the meantime, some of BENEDICTION have been doing other music-related stuff:

* Nicholas Barker is helping out TESTAMENT on their live dates and more than likely the new TESTAMENT album as well.

* Dave Hunt is doing vocals with MISTRESS and ANAAL NATHRAKH and will record albums and do some live shows with both bands as well. ANAAL NATHRAKH will definately be assaulting your senses in a dangerous live environment this year.

* Frank Healy is playing bass in the reformed CEREBRAL FIX and will also play on their new album. He played on one of the John Peel sessions for ANAAL NATHRAKH which appears on the 'When Fire Rains Down from the Sky' reissue. On top of that, he is putting a band together called THE BURNING DEITIES. He has written all the music for this band and will showcase the songs live after BENEDICTION's album is completed.

* Daz is busy with Rewy on the fine tuning of the album for BENEDICTION. It's all about guitar riffs after all!!!"

BENEDICTION's new album, "Killing Music", will be released via Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band recently re-signed. The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name).

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Downlord Post Rough Mix Of New Track Online

Downlord, the Denmark-based old-school coalition death metal band featuring Dave Ingram [formerly of Benediction/Bolt Thrower] on vocals, has released an ultra rough mix of the new track "Sleep Forever" from their forthcoming album Random Dictionary of the Damned due out later this year on Open Grave Records.

The song "Sleep Forever" can be downloaded here.

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Downlord Give Video Studio Report

DOWNLORD, the Denmark-based death metal band featuring Dave Ingram (ex-BENEDICTION, BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-SACRIFICIAL, EXCESSIVE PAYBACK) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-EXCESSIVE PAYBACK, INIQUITY) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-INIQUITY, DAEMON) on bass, and Rasmus Schmidt on drums, has released a studio-report video on the work progressing with the recording of its full-length album, "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due late November 2006 on Open Grave Records.

Commented Dave Ingram: "In fact, the video has been available for a couple of weeks now. I just haven't had any bloody time to update the site, what with all the work we've been doing on the album! There's also the fact that we cracked open our archives and have set three older video reports online too. These being from the recording of our last demo, which we made in early 2006 with Reno Kiilerich on drums. And there's also some new pics available in the Photo Vault at www.downlord.dk.

"The album is coming along really fucking well! We're all pleased with the results so far, it's sounding killer. (But what ELSE would we say, right?) There's been a lot of hard work done, with plenty of blood, sweat and beers spilled along the way."

The album studio report video can be viewed at YouTube.com. The three archived videos featuring Reno can be viewed here. More...

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Downlord Plan To Release Demos As Limited Edition

Open Grave Records and Downlord have announced the planned release of Downlord's two demo sessions as a limited edition (666 Copies) EP to be released on August 15th 2006.

DOWNLORD consists of members: Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction & Bolt Thrower) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-Sacrificial & Excessive Payback) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-Excessive Payback & Iniquity) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-Iniquity, Daemon) on bass, and are utilizing the talents of original drummer Rasmus Schmidt, whom recently stepped in to play with the band during their first live shows in Denmark & Sweden, supporting Bolt Thrower.

The track listing will be:

1. Loathe. Scorn. Detest.
2. Groin of God Amen & Out
3. Hate Brace
4. Full Scale Hatred (Previously Unreleased)
5. Old World Chaos
6. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (Previously Unreleased)
7. Nail You in

Downlord are continuing to work hard on their debut album tentatively titled "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due out in late 2006 on Open Grave Records.

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