Dave Ingram Rejoins Benediction

Benediction have announced the return of vocalist Dave Ingram (ex-Bolt Thrower). He will be taking over for Dave Hunt, who left the band to focus on Anaal Nathrakh and his PhD studies.

Ingram issued the following statement:

“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 Hunts 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!!!!!’

F@#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.

We ARE legion! Return to Rubicon! Hail old school!

Dave Ingram”

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Benediction To Part Ways With Dave Hunt

Benediction have announced that vocalist Dave Hunt will be exiting the group after their July shows in Germany and the Czech Republic. He is leaving the band to focus on Anaal Nathrakh and his PhD studies.

The following statement was issued:

“Benediction would like to formally announce that after much agonising and deliberation, it has been mutually agreed that vocalist Dave Hunt will leave the band after the shows in Germany and the Czech Republic this coming July.

Dave’s schedule has become increasingly congested with his commitments with both Benediction and Anaal Nathrakh as well as his relentless studies for his PhD. Therefore Dave will vacate the role in Benediction he has commanded with such strength for over 20 years. As Dave says, ‘With the writing for the new Benediction album almost complete, it sadly became clear that it would be impossible for me to give Benediction the full commitment it so richly deserves, for the album, the release and the inevitable shows and other events around it in the future. To me, Benediction is more than a band, more than a bunch of brothers I never had, more than one of the most important things in my life for half the time I’ve been on the planet. It is an institution. And I genuinely believe it’s in an incredibly strong place, especially with the new material. There are great things ahead for Benediction, and although I’m gutted I can’t be part of them, the guys have my total respect, affection and support’.

Benediction have begun working with his replacement and have already completed writing for a number of vocal tracks for the new album, but his identity will remain private for the time being. Dave will still complete the shows booked between now and July, and we would like to make it clear that all shows currently booked will happen, both before and after the changeover. A further announcement regarding the identity of the new singer will be made nearer to July.

Benediction would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave for his superb performance and his loyal service over his time with the band and wish him every success in the future and will remain close friends with him long into the future.

Much respect and many thanks mate.”