BENEDICTION To Tour North America In October

Long-running U.K. extreme metallers BENEDICTION will embark on their first U.S. tour in 13 years in Ocober. Tentative dates are as follows (venue details to be confirmed):

Oct. 05 - Boston, MA
Oct. 06 - Springfield, VA
Oct. 07 - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 08 - Jackson, MS
Oct. 09 - Houston, TX
Oct. 10 - Austin, TX
Oct. 11 - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Oct. 12 - Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 13 - Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 14 - San Diego,CA
Oct. 15 - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 18 - Denver, CO
Oct. 20 - St. Paul, MN
Oct. 21 - Chicago, IL
Oct. 22 - Detroit, MI
Oct. 23 - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 24 - Pittisburgh, PA
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct. 26 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Oct. 27 - New York City, NY
Oct. 28 - End Of Tour Party

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 Nicholas 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). Barker is also currently a member of TESTAMENT, with whom he will record the band's follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering" this spring.

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