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Benedictum

Formed: 2005
From: San Diego, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Benedictum News

Below is our complete Benedictum 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.

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Shadowstrike Added To Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization, announced that newly discovered Long Island, NY power metal band, Shadowstrike has been confirmed for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII, which takes place at O'Sheckys Live Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio from June 27th-28th.

ShadowStrike guitarist and vocalist Matthaus Krais states: "We are all very excited to be a part of Warriors Of Metal Fest VII. This will not only be our first time performing in Ohio, but it will be our first time performing in the Midwest period. There are many amazing bands playing this festival and we can't wait to see them all perform as well as share the stage with them and of course bring our music to all the fans!"

The band previously posted "Gales of Winter" off their forthcoming EP "Infinite Power," which can be heard at this location.

More information about the festival, including ticket information can be found over here. The latest lineup for the festival includes:

Pre-Fest Showcase - Thursday, June 26: ETERNAL LEGACY (headliner) AUTOMATON, DEADIRON, LOWER 13, DETHRATS, GRAVE ROBBER, SPLIT THE ABYSS and WINTERHYMN.

Warriors Of Metal Fest VII - Main Festival - Friday, June 27 & Saturday June 28: ARMORY, A SOUND OF THUNDER, A TORTURED SOUL, BENEDICTUM w/ special guest LEATHER LEONE, BEYOND FALLEN, BURNING SHADOWS, CELLADOR, CRUSADER, FLESH ENGINE, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT, MITHRIDIUM, NOBLE BEAST, RESISTANCE, RESTLESS BREED, SHADOWSTRIKE, SHALLOW GROUND, STEEL ASSASSIN, VALHALLA and ZEPHANIAH. More...

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Benedictum Releases New Music Video "Scream"

Benedictum released a new music video for the track "Scream." The song appears on the band's latest album "Obey," which was issued just this week in North America via Frontiers Records.

Check out the video here:

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Benedictum Announces New Album "Obey"

San Diego's Benedictum - lead by frontwoman Veronica Freeman - has announced the impending release of the band's fourth album "Obey." The album is out on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (North America) via Frontiers Records.

The press release reads as follows: "Heavy Metal gets a needed shot in the arm with the long awaited and much anticipated new album from Benedictum "Obey" due out for release on Frontiers Records on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in North America . With a sound that nods to the legends of metal such as early Rainbow, the stylings of Savatage, Warrior, Rough Cutt, and Pyschotic Waltz along with shades of Black Sabbath; Benedictum unleashes OBEY that will surely bring pleasure to the Gods of Heavy Metal and their legions of fans around the world!

"Led by the sultry and powerful vocal gymnastics of lead singer Veronica Freeman whose voice has been praised on the television show That Metal Show on VH1 among others; Benedictum displays a plethora of aggressive riffs, fierce rhythms, and powerful melodies full of delicate textures that grow spikes with shredding leads to converge at the crossroads of tradition and innovation.

"The rise of Benedictum began when the band caught the ear and attention of DIO guitarist Craig Goldy who in turn had his friend Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner) check them out. With the groups raw power and pure potential just beginning to surface, Pilson then produced and recorded Benedictum’s debut album 'Uncreation' in 2005. The band garnered rave reviews and won over enthusiastic fist-pumping fans rapidly. Their second album ‘Seasons of Tragedy' released in 2008 to more undeniable metal love from around the world. All of this led to Benedictum being signed to a contract with Frontiers Records and further upping the ante in the studio. The band and Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) joined forces for 2011’s ‘Dominion’ and Benedictum had arrived. The band jumped onto the world stage playing such events as Wacken Open Air Festival, Doro’s Warrior Soul Tour, HeadBangers Open Air and more. The CD was also a pick of the week by Don Jamison on That Metal Show. More...

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A Sound Of Thunder Announces Guest Vocalist

As was previously announced, Washington, DC-based heavy metallers A Sound of Thunder are now offering their new "Queen of Hell" EP exclusively through Kickstarter.com. The EP serves as a follow up to the 2012 studio album "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here) and teaser for the band's next studio album "Time's Arrow," due in spring 2013.

"Queen of Hell" was produced by Kevin "131" Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept) at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia. According to guitarist Josh Schwartz, "We had too much great material for our next album and weren't willing to shelve it, so the EP was a no-brainer. It gives us a great reward to offer the fans who support our fundraising campaign for the next album, and reduces the wait time for new music from the band."

A teaser clip for "Queen of Hell" can be found below. Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman makes an appearance on the EP, performing a duet with vocalist Nina Osegueda on the title track. "Veronica is a real metal monster of a vocalist, and has the power and presence to deliver this kind of classic metal. She is a true queen of metal and together with Nina, your speakers might just explode!" said Schwartz.

Freeman commented: "Sometimes I get asked to do a special project and I have to give it a bit of thought, but with Nina, having performed with her on stage before and knowing how she can
'bring it' I knew it was not only going to be a lot of fun, but that it would be some kick ass music to work with. It was a real honor to be asked to work with her and A SOUND OF THUNDER. Hmmmmm, hope to do something more in the future... you never know!!" More...

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Banshee Replaces Benedictum At WOM Fest V

Warriors Of Metal Fest V has announced the cancellation of Benedictum and how Banshee will be replacing that band at the Open Air festival, which will take place on June 29th and 30th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. WOM Fest IV Open Air veteran Veronica Freeman of Benedictum contacted Warriors of Metal, Inc. last night with the following statement:

"Benedictum will not be able to attend the WOM Festival this year. We do so regret this and want everyone to know how much we love and support Datis and his efforts and every sponsor and fan that helps to make this festival happen. Our schedule will need to remain open at that time to facilitate work on the new album and work around some tight scheduling. We wish each and every band an amazing time and each and every fan throw your fists in the air in support of this event!! Love to everyone. V/Benedictum"

Warriors of Metal Fest also announced that former Metal Blade and Atlantic Records recording artists Banshee (currently with Snowblind Productions) will replace Benedictum on its line-up this year. Banshee has come back together after 21 years to record their fourth album called
"Mindslave," which is slated to be released within the next couple of months.

This will be Banshee's very first Open Air Metalfest appearance since the release of its new album and it is interesting to note that the three year WOM Fest veteran vocalist, George Call (ex-Omen) of Aska and Violent Storm will now be attending his fourth consecutive year at Warriors of Metal Fest Open Air for his fifth performance at the Fest with three different bands. Aska headlined the Friday night of WOM Fest II in 2009, George sang with Omen, headlining the Friday night of WOM Fest III, and he sand with Aska, co-headlining the Saturday night of WOM Fest III in 2010 with Cage, and of course Aska headlined the Saturday night of WOM Fest IV in 2011.

Banshee has an officially unreleased track called "Unearthed" on the Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air 2012 Double CD Compilation that will be availabe to 2000 fans attending Keep It True XV Festival in Germany in less than 2 week's time and all the fans attending the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air this year. For more information on the Warriors Of Metal Fest V, visit its website.

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Warriors Of Metal V Fest Confirms Three More Bands

The Warriors Of Metal V Fest has confirmed three more bands that will be appearing at the event. Oklahoma City based power metal band FORTE, who released it's EP "Vae Solis" in September, has confirmed for the festival along with San Diego powerhouse BENEDICTUM. Also appearing will be Queens, NY based epic metal band LAST ALLIANCE. The Warriors Of Metal V Fest will take place on June 29th and 30th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, OH. For more information, head over to it's website. Below is a fan-made video for the Last Alliance track "The Grey One."

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Vastator Filming New Video

Chilean old school metal band Vastator has announced that it will be working on a second official video from it's recent album "Machine Hell." Tracks from that release can be streamed on the band's MySpace page. The band last released this promotional single from that album for "The Gods Give No Reply," featuring the vocals of Benedictum's Veronica Freeman. More...

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Benedictum Announces "Path Of The Valkyries" Tour

San Diego based metal band Benedictum announced a November 2011 tour with New York symphonic metal band DesDemon for the "Path of the Valkyries" tour that leads up to the all female-fronted band "Flight of the Valkyries" festival in Baltimore, MD on November 19, 2011.

Beneditcum is supporting its latest LP "Dominion" available on Frontiers Records and DesDemon is supporting its debut "Through The Gates" available on Rage the Stage Records.

Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

November 10th – The Haven – Orlando/Altamonte Springs , FL
November 11th – The Pathfinder Metalfest 3 – Marietta, GA
November 12th – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
November 17th – Metal Thursday @ Ralf’s Diner – Worcester, MA (with Joe Stump)
November 18th - Dublin Pub – New Hyde Park, NY (with HolyHell)
November 19th – Flight of the Valkyries Festival – Sonar – Baltimore, Maryland


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Benedictum Announces Show With Blackguard

Benedictum has issued the following announcement about a live show with Blackguard in San Diego:

"We are excited to announce that we will be playing next Friday on the 8th at Brick By Brick in San Diego with Blackguards! This is 21 and over show, the show starts at 7PM, $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Contact lilmamaevents@aol.com or 760-520-4135 for tickets! We look forward to seeing you there!

"Also, Don't forget to join our mailing list and stay updated! We are currently scheduling more show dates, so we hope to see you all soon! Have a great 4th of July!"

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Benedictum Announces Internet Radio Interview

Benedictum, which will be playing the upcoming Warriors of Metal festival on June 18th, has issued the following update about an Internet radio interview:

"Tune into www.metalheadradio.com on Friday, June 3rd @ 6:30 PM PST for Benedictum's interview with DJ Rob!

"As we announced, 'Dominion' hit the Top 5 spot on the National CMJ Metal Chart! Have you checked out the new album yet? Order your copy now at the official store! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook! Thanks for your support!" More...

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Benedictum To Play Warriors Of Metal Fest

Benedictum recently released its third full length album "Dominion" in North America through Frontiers Records. The band has now announced an upcoming festival appearance in support of the album, which will take place on June 18th at the Warriors of Metal Festival in Pataskala, OH. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Footage of Benedictum playing at a previous Wacken festival can also be viewed below.

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Operatika To Make Festival Appearance

New Jersey symphonic metal act Operatika has announced that it will perform at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest, set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium.

The confirmed line-up now inludes:
AMARANTHE
BENEDICTUM
DEADLOCK
DIABULUS IN MUSICA
DORO
ECHOTERRA
HANGING DOLL
LEAVES' EYES
MIDNATTSOL
NEMHAIN
OPERATIKA
STREAM OF PASSION
SYSTEM DIVIDE
THERION
TRAIL OF TEARS
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

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Benedictum Reveals New Album Details

Benedictum has announced that it will be releasing its third full length album "Dominion" on March 8, 2011 in North America through Frontiers Records. The new CD will feature the following tracklisting:

Here is the "Dominion" tracklisting:
1. Dominion
2. At The Gates
3. Seer
4. Grind It
5. Prodigal Son
6. The Shadowlands
7. Beautiful Pain
8. Dark Heart
9. Bang
10. Loud Silence
11. Epsilon
12. Sanctuary (bonus track)
13. Overture/The Temples of Syrinx (bonus track)

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More Bands Confirmed For Metal Female Voices

Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following update about playing at the 2011 edition of Belgium's Metal Female Voices festival:

"Leaves' Eyes will return to MFVF in 2011! We are happy to announce that Leaves' Eyes is confirmed to play on saturday 22nd at MFVF in Wieze/Belgium. The set list will include also material from the upcoming record."

The currently confirmed acts include: Amaranthe, Leaves' Eyes, Therion, Draconian, Hanging Doll, Visions of Atlantis, Midnattsol, Echoterra, Benedictum, Nemhain, Deadlock, Trail of Tears, and Stream of Passion.

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Lyraka Moves Up Release, Announces Pre-Order

The Wagnerian metal opera project, Lyraka, has announced a pre-order offer for their debut CD, entitled "Lyraka.Volume 1." The CD, which is set for release November 27th, 2010, is available for pre-order at 15% off its release date price at Lyraka.com now.

The project, which bills itself as "Wagnerian Opera Metal, Defined" features four songs performed by Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ), one by Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING), and one by Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM). Jeff Pilson (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner) and Tim Luce (Alcatrazz) have been involved in the project, as well as Andre Maquera (8084).

The composer, Andy DiGelsomina, announced "We are proud to announce that famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar) is putting the finishing touches on the cover artwork now, and it's looking KILLER."

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Veronica Freeman Added to "Lyraka" Metal Opera

Vocal powerhouse Veronica Freeman (Benedictum), will be doing session work for the Lyraka project.

Lyraka is described as a "Wagnerian Opera Metal" project that encompasses a set of highlights CDs, as well as a 3D animated movie. Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) and Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING, SOUL DOCTOR) are also contributing vocal tracks.

Andy DiGelsomina, the composer and lead guitarist of the project, commented: "I was massively inspired by Veronica's performance on the Benedictum cds. She is not only viciously heavy when neccessary, but has a phenomenal sense of dynamics. Veronica is as gloriously heavy metal as you can get, and we are excited about working with her. "

The first volume of the CD set, "Lyraka Volume 1", is set for release in March 2011. For more information visit Lyraka.com.

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Grindcore
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Metalcore
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Post-Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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Benedictum Vocalist Posts European Tour Report

Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman has posted the following tour diary online:

"Now we head back back to Germany where we hit Bochum, Hamburg, Koln, Magdeburg, Osnabruck, Jena and Munich before heading to Switzerland then back to Germany again. This trip of course would not be possible without our beloved driver and "merch guy" Chris. Now Chris likes to drive, Chris loves to drive, Chris loves to drive right up on top of the vehicle in front of him. We love Chris, Chris keeps us safe...( we tell ourselves that over and over as a survival tactic!) But you must know that we love him! Even if he can be a drill sergeant."

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Arch Enemy to Perform At Doro's "25 Years in Rock"

ARCH ENEMY have been invited to perform as special guest at Doro's "25 Years in Rock" anniversary event on December 13th, 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany at the ISS-Dome. The festival will feature a crushing line-up and fantastic guests - to be announced in detail soon. Tickets can be bought at METALTIX.de, more info can be obtained at DORO.de.

ARCH ENEMY @ Doro's "25 Years in Rock" anniversary festival:

13.12.08 Saturday D, Düsseldorf ISS-DOME
The free Metal Market starts at 2pm. Show entry is at 4pm.

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow comments: "I am so excited to rock hard with the one and only Mrs. Doro Pesch! She is not only my teenage idol ('All We Are' from Warlock was about the only song I liked at school disco!) and basically my neighbour (Cologne – Duesseldorf is right next to each other) – But she is hands down one of the nicest, down-to-earth and most beautiful musicians I have met so far. I can hardly believe its her '25 Years In Rock' anniversary – She is still as youthful as ever! She's got the power for sure! You don't want to miss out on this extraordinary event and maybe seing me and Doro on a stage together! Make sure you get your tickets early!"

Angela Gossow is also featured on Doro Pesch's new single, "Celebrate," including other guest appearances by Liv Kristine (LEAVES' EYES), Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM), GIRLSCHOOL, Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER) and another one that was recorded with the help of Biff Byford (SAXON).

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Shadowside Vocalist Performs With Benedictum

Shadowside lead singer Dani Nolden performed with Veronica Freeman and Benedictum one of the highlights of the Flight of the Valkyries Metal Fest, the only festival in US featuring only female fronted rock / metal bands. Dani shared the stage with them on the Dio classic Rainbow in the Dark last Saturday (June 28) in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA).

"It was certainly one of the highlights of the weekend! I came up with the idea after listening to the Shadowside CD one day. I knew that Benedictum had done several covers of Dio songs previously (two on their first album - 'Heaven & Hell' and 'The Mob Rules') and just thought it would be a unique experience, not to mention a lot of fun for the fans and the bands. Thankfully, even with the limited time to work on this idea, Dani, Veronica and the guys from Benedictum were able to pull this off incredibly well and I thank them endlessly for that! - said Bobbie Dickerson, festival organizer."

This isn't the first time Dani has done a special appearance. One of the most important ones was with Andre Matos and Shaman for the Judas Priest hit Painkiller.

Shadowside co-headlined Flight of the Valkyries Festival together with Unexpect from Canada.

A video of Dani with Benedictum is available at DailyMotion.com and below.

As of right now, Shadowside is in the middle of the second leg of Devastating the Theatre 2007/2008 Tour. On July 6 the band hit Fort Worth, Texas and then appear at Rocklahoma. More...

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