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.”

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04/06 Glasgow, UK – Lords Of The Land
04/07 London, UK – Garage

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May 23 (Rams Head Live): Voivod, Church of Misery, Rippikoulu, Spectral Voice, and Churchburn.

May 23 (Soundstage): Immolation, Guttural Secrete, Regurgitation, Malignancy, Outre-Tombe, Hideous, and Inhumation.

May 24 (Rams Head Live): Tormentor, Vomitory, Pestilence, Anaal Nathrakh, Naglfar, Disharmonic Orchestra, Zemial, Obliteration, Skaphe, and Daeva.

May 24 (Soundstage): Cro-Mags, Carnivore A.D., Indian, Full of Hell, Primitive Man, Tomb Mold, Disassociate, Ampallang Infection, and Asylum.

May 25 (Rams Head Live): Deicide, Borknagar, Revenge, Benediction, Scour, Brutality, Blood, True Black Dawn, Dead In The Manger, and Deletere.

May 25 (Soundstage): Mortician, Devourment, Frightmare, Squash Bowels, G.O.D., Sulaco, TFD, Neckbeard Deathcamp, Drogheda, Sorrower, and Endorphins Lost.

May 26 (Rams Head Live): Unleashed, Messiah, Violator, Unanimated, Bethlehem, The Chasm, Fleshcrawl, Mortuary, Majestic Downfall, and Merrimack.

May 26 (Soundstage): D.R.I., Lowlife (Cryptic Slaughter tribute), Accused A.D., Hummingbird Of Death, Hell Bent, Beton, Theories, Ordeals, Hard Charger, and Vault Dweller.

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Borknagar, Unleashed, Voivod, Etc. Added To 2019 Maryland Deathfest

More bands have been added to the 2019 Maryland Deathfest. The event will take place at the Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD on May 23-26 and the newly announced acts include: Borknagar, Unleashed, Voivod, Benediction, Revenge, Anaal Nathrakh, Accused A.D., Primitive Man, True Black Dawn, Spectral Voice, Merrimack, Churchburn, Délétère, Hummingbird Of Death, Majestic Downfall, Neckbeard Deathcamp, Ordeals, Inhumation, Theories, Endorphins Lost, and Asylum. Previously announced acts include: Ampallang Infection, Bethlehem, Beton, Blood, Brutality, Carnivore A.D., The Chasm, Cro-Mags, Cryptic Slaughter, Daeva, Dead in the Manger, Devourment, Disassociate, Disharmonic Orchestra, D.R.I., Drogheda, Fleshcrawl, Frightmare, Full of Hell, Grotesque Organ Defilement, Guttural Secrete, Hard Charger, Hell Bent, Hideous, Immolation, Indian, Malignancy, Messiah, Mortician, Mortuary, Naglfar, Obliteration, Outre-Tom, Pestilence, Regurgitation, Rippikoulu, Scour, Skaphe, Sorrower, Squash Bowels, Sulaco, Tomb Mold, TFD, Unanimated, Vault Dweller, Violator, and Vomitory.