Long-running Birmingham, UK-based extreme metallers BENEDICTION have issued the following update:
"First off, a big thank you to everybody that turned up to the shows on the [recently completed European] tour [with HOLY MOSES and NOMINON]. Also apologies to the few shows that got cancelled; this was beyond our control due to tour bus issues, fire, breaking down etc. etc.
"A special mention has to go out to HOLY MOSES and NOMINON, who we are privileged to know and stuck together when all manner of shit was happening to us all on tour. In particular, we would like to thank HOLY MOSES guitarist Michael who managed to fix just about everything that we broke on the tour!!! We love you. matey.
"Now then, our plans for 2009. BENEDICTION will be going into the studio again in January/February to record the follow-up to 'Killing Music'. It is now written and it's down to the fine-tuning and choosing what tracks to be on the final recording. To promote this release, the band will only be doing festivals and one-off shows worldwide except for a Balkans tour which was missed out on the No Reunion Required tour. It will be our 20th anniversary as a band in 2009 and we intend to make some sort of event for ourselves for it.
"The reason for just festivals? Being on a tour bus limits where you can get to country-wise. A plane flight can get you anywhere in the world much quicker, which means reaching more people to distribute the metal to! After this, there are no plans. Let's see how much mayhem we can create on our 20th anniversary festival tour and see who comes out of it alive before any new plans are hatched."
Video footage of BENEDICTION's October 16, 2008 performance at the Live Metal Club in Bucharest, Romania can be viewed below.
BENEDICTION's new album, "Killing Music", was released in North America on September 23 via Locomotive Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Organized Chaos" was produced by ANAAL NATHRAKH mastermind Mick Kenney and features 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. A limited-edition version of the album will include two bonus tracks and a DVD.