Long-running Birmingham, U.K.-based extreme metallers BENEDICTION have been rejoined by vocalist Dave Ingram (formerly of BOLT THROWER).
Ingram's return to BENEDICTION comes two months after the departure of the band's previous singer, Dave Hunt. Hunt's schedule had become increasingly congested with his commitments to both BENEDICTION and ANAAL NATHRAKH, as well as his relentless studies for his PhD. Therefore, Dave decided to vacate the role in BENEDICTION he commanded for over 20 years.
Ingram, who first joined BENEDICTION in 1990, just before the band began writing its second album, "The Grand Leveller", and left in May 1998, had the following to say about his return to the group: "Dan Bate (BENEDICTION bass player) and myself were already in contact via social media and he had mentioned a few months ago that Daz was looking to contact me. After the surprise revelation, I began to wonder what he'd wanna talk to me about — old contract discussion maybe, back catalogue? Who knows? Could be all sorts. But obviously, as most of you do, I keep up to date with goings on in the metal world and keep a close eye on BENEDICTION and was aware of the situation regarding Dave Hunt's departure from the band. Soon enough, my phone lit up with Darren's number, and after initial baby steps, things escalated at lightning speed. Both ends of the phone were clearly getting excited, and at this point, both my wife and my son said simultaneously that if he is asking you to return to the fold, you had better do it' [email protected]#YEAH!!!!!!! YES, I'M IN!!!!!!
"So here we are, already deep into writing the new album, which at this time is going spectacularly well. The new material is gonna blow you people away!!!!!! We are planning to begin recording in September so not long now.
"And to all my followers on social media I hope you understand that myself and the guys had decided to keep my return under wraps until Dave Hunt had completed his time with the band, a simple and necessary courtesy.
"I can't wait to see you people on the forthcoming BENEDICTION live shows."
BENEDICTION's latest album, "Killing Music", was released in North America in September 2008 via Locomotive Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Organized Chaos" was produced by ANAAL NATHRAKH mastermind Mick Kenney and featured several guest musicians, including Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER), Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST), Billy Gould (ex-FAITH NO MORE), The Fog (FROST), Markus Staiger (Nuclear Blast Records owner) and Thorsten Zahn from Metal Hammer Germany.
Mark "Barney" Greenway was the lead vocalist on BENEDICTION's debut album, "Subconscious Terror", which came out in 1990. Shortly after the LP's release, he exited the band to join NAPALM DEATH.