Long-running Birmingham, U.K.-based extreme metallers BENEDICTION have released a music video for their new songle "Stormcrow". The clip was shot on abandoned wasteland somewhere in the outskirts of Sheffield, in the North of England. It was directed by Dan Hart of Light Engine Films.
"In many cultures, the crow is seen as a harbinger of doom and a bad omen. This song deals with that," singer Dave Ingram comments.
Guitarist Darren Brookes adds: "'Stormcrow' was a particularly difficult but enjoyable video to shoot. As anyone who's done one will know, it's take after take after take, and, as you can see, it was a blisteringly hot day too. We did have passers-by, joggers, dog walkers and they were stopping to check out what was going on and that's the closest we've managed to a live gig this year."
"Stormcrow" is taken from BENEDICTION's upcoming album, "Scriptures", which will be released on October 16 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio in England and will be released digitally, on CD and in various vinyl formats.
According to a press release, "Scriptures" "sounds 100% like BENEDICTION: they blend death metal with a 'fuck-off punk rock attitude', heavy metal riffing and a groove that hardly any other band can capture. Dave Ingram's signature growl and powerful lyrics enhance the tonal framework that makes their sound so distinctly BENEDICTION. As usual the tracks vary from slow and heavy to fast and intense, from shorter, in your face rippers to crushing monoliths.
"The artwork fits perfectly to BENEDICTION and awakens and will resonate with any devoted old-school death metal fan. It was created by Birmingham artist Simon Harris and is reminiscent of the iconic artwork of their early output. There's no doubt that it will fit in perfectly to every vinyl collection next to 'Subconscious Terror', 'The Grand Leveler' or 'Transcend The Rubicon'. All in all, 'Scriptures' is an album of bare bones death metal, where everything is just as it should be. A jewel in the catalogue of a band that has been present from the very beginning and, in line with one of their most classic songs 'We Bow To None', has always remained true to themselves and their fans."
01. Iterations Of I
02. Scriptures In Scarlet
03. The Crooked Man
05. Progenitors Of A New Paradigm
06. Rabid Carnality
07. In Our Hands, The Scars
08. Tear Off These Wings
09. Embrace The Kill
11. The Blight At The End
12. We Are Legion
This past January, BENEDICTION was forced to postpone its previously announced South American tour as a result of "serious health problems" suffered by Ingram.
Ingram rejoined BENEDICTION in the summer of 2019. His return to BENEDICTION came 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 first joined BENEDICTION in 1990, just before the band began writing its second album, "The Grand Leveller", and left in May 1998.
BENEDICTION's latest album, "Killing Music", was released in North America in September 2008 via Locomotive Records.
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.
Darren Brookes - guitar
Peter Rew - guitar
Dave Ingram - vocals
Dan Bate - bass
Giovanni Durst - drums