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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Benedictum is modern/traditional heavy metal band from the U.S. They have four albums:
Seasons of Tragedy 2008
They are signed to Frontiers Records. Below you will find some official information about the band. In addition, they have lots of songs on YouTube.
Following in the footsteps of such legendary bands as Warrior, Rough Cutt and Psychotic Waltz, BENEDICTUM, with roots in San Diego, California are truly mighty ambassadors in the world of heavy metal.
Invoking power reminiscent of early Rainbow, the definitive sound of Savatage, and a nod to all the Gods of Heavy Metal; BENEDICTUM unleashes a stylish, epic brand of metal on all fronts. Aggressive riffs, fierce rhythms, strong melodies, shredding leads and delicate textures converge at the crossroads where tradition and 21st century innovation merge. Veronica Freeman's vocal gymnastics are the pit-bull on the pant leg of heavy metal.
BENEDICTUM quickly came to the attention of Dio guitarist Craig Goldy. Impressed with what he heard, he turned the group on to long-time friend and former band mate, Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO, FOREIGNER). Equally blown away by the bands raw talent and untapped potential, Pilson took on the role of producer and recorded BENEDICTUM at his Los Angeles area studio, with ZuZu Recording production partner, former Warlock bassist Tommy Henriksen, sharing mixing duties. The result of this collaboration was the incredible debut CD “UNCREATION” in 2005, and released to enthusiastic, fist-pumping reviews. Guest appearances included Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and Jimmy Bain.
'UNCREATION' was an epic TKO in the face of the hard rock scene, with BENEDICTUM being selected one of the top bands to watch in 2006 by Classic Rock magazine and one of Rock Hard Germany's top 50 albums for that year.
Seasons of Tragedy
A second collaboration between Jeff Pilson and BENEDICTUM was their 2008 release, "Seasons of Tragedy", which saw them evolve into a metal force which could not be denied. With Veronica's raw and powerful vocals, songs with memorable melodies and the magical talent of Pete Wells along with new drummer Paul Courtois and the guidance of Jeff Pilson, the CD further solidified the fact that there was something quite special at work here. The album featured guest appearances by Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and George Lynch, who added his special flair to the track "Bare Bones" and the cover of ACCEPT's "Balls to the Wall".
Their driving music and energetic shows allowed BENEDICTUM to grace the stage of many festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Gods of Metal and Hard Rock Hell, and landed the band a support tour with DORO.
Ready for yet another amazing chapter, Benedictum were off on a new and exciting musical episode as they signed a contract with Frontiers Records. Building upon their great foundation Benedictum recruited Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) and fired on all cylinders. With members Chris Shrum on bass, Mike Pannone on drums and Tony Diaz on keyboards, the new music continued to expand the horizon for BENEDICTUM. Veronica's robust, scruff-grabbing vocals punch through the sound barrier, blasting open the musical spectral envelope.
From the onslaught of the opening track "Dominion" to the epic "Epsilon" and the heartfelt acoustic track "Sanctuary", this album has it all. Adding to the already explosive sound of "Dominion" are guest appearances by Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and none other than Rudy Sarzo on the fist-pumping track "Bang".
Frontiers Records released BENEDICTUM's third full-length album, entitled "Dominion" on February 18 2011 (Europe) and March 8 2011 (North America) to rave reviews on-air, online, in print and often mentioned on That Metal Show among other as THE metal must have!
Benedictum is currently in-studio finishing up the new album. A new line-up has solidified the bands drive along with an even more powerful sound. Veronica 'The V' Freeman and Pete Wells have grown by leaps and bounds and have joined forces with Rikard Stjernquist, formerly of JAG PANZER, who has brought a whole new level of drive to the band. “Working with Rikard has been a joy and I am learning a lot” says the V. Aric Avina formerly of Tynator is now manning the Bass Guitar. With all systems a go a new album has been created and set for release on FRONTIERS in November of 2013.