Benedictum “Scream” is taken from the album “Obey” out on Frontiers Records
Tracklisting: Dream Of The Banshee; Fractured; Obey; Fighting For My Life; Scream; Evil That We Do; Crossing Over; Cry; Thornz; Die To Love You; Apex Nation; Retrograde
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Benedictum are proud to announce their continued collaboration with Jeff Pilson on the development of their next release via Frontiers Records!!!!
The result will bring back the magic Benedictum and Jeff Pilson captured during their earlier releases from “Seasons of Tragedy” and their 2006 debut “Uncreation”.
This year and 2013 will be an exciting year for Benedictum with their recent addition of new drummer Rikard Stjernquist known for his exceptional talent in Jag Panzer for 25 years.
Jeff Pilson known for his extensive list of musicianship with legendary acts Dokken and Dio, while currently with Foreigner and producer for Adler’s Appetite.
Jeff Pilson states: “I’m very excited about producing the new Benedictum record. I’m very passionate about their music and love working with the band. V’s vocals, Pete’s guitars, the band’s energy and the songs are all something that are very close to my heart. This record will be their crowning achievement- of that I have no doubts!”
Benedictum was formed in 2005. After being noticed by Craig Goldy (Dio, Guiffria, Budgie) the wheels were set in motion and eventually lead to their debut CD “Uncreation”.
Coming soon will be more exciting news regarding their next release!!!!!!
Benedictumis Veronica Freeman (lead vocals), Pete Wells (lead guitar), Chris Shrum (bass) and Rikard Stjernquist (drums/percussion).
Benedictum discography includes “Uncreation”, “Seasons of Tragedy”, and “Dominion”.
Drummer Rikard Stjernquist - Photo Credit Mark Briody
Benedictum andThe diabolical mistress “V” Veronica Freeman are proud to enlist new drummer Rikard Stjernquist to the team!!!!
Rikard Stjernquist started his career with Stockholm based Bronze Puppet. Rikard brings a multitude of talent from his longevity as the drummer for power metal legends Jag Panzer of 25 years and nine records to his studio production capabilities. Rikard will surely assist the team in writing new material for their next release with Frontiers Records worldwide.
Rikard Stjernquist states “I have been very fortunate in my long career to have recorded and performed with some exceptional people / musicians, and Benedictum is no exception. I’m very excited about the future with Benedictum and having the opportunity to perform for their amazing fans all over the world. Thank you Veronica Freeman, Pete Wells, and ChrisShrum for this amazing opportunity”
Benedictum played select US dates for the East Coast in late November 2011 in support of their current release “Dominion” out now on Frontiers Records. Everyone who attended the select dates got a a taste of what the European market already knew.
This year and 2013 will prove to be an exciting year for Benedictum with much more activity in the worldwide.
Coming soon will be more exciting news regarding their next release!!!!!!
Benedictum is Veronica Freeman (lead vocals), Pete Wells (lead guitar), Chris Shrum (bass) and Rikard Stjernquist (drums/percussion).
Benedictum discography includes “Ulceration”, “Seasons of Tragedy”, and “Dominion”.
U.S. Heavy Metal powerhouse BENEDICTUM is pleased to announce that they will take part in the Pathfinder MetalFest III, which will be held in Marietta, GA on Nov. 11th & 12th. This annual indoor American Music Festival focuses on traditional and melodic heavy metal with an emphasis on quality over quantity in an intimate atmosphere. BENEDICTUM are scheduled to perform on Friday, November 11th. The event will again be offering a limited number of VIP passes to include a laminate, a program bag with sponsored cds and swag, early entry for both nights of the event, and food & drink specials at the attached Sidelines Sports Grille. The VIP passes have sold out each year of the fest. Only 250 general admission tickets will be available each night along with 50 VIP passes that cover both nights. All Tickets and VIP badges go on sale through a PayPal link on the Facebook Event Page starting July 30th.
Surging forward as they are driven by the powerful momentum of founding members -front woman Veronica Freeman and the guitar pyrotechnics of writer and guitarist Pete Wells, the time has come for the world to be on notice. Benedictum is again upon us. Infused with the new influences and talents of Chris Shrum on Bass, Tony Diaz on keyboards and Mikey Pannone on Drums Benedictum intend to bring it! Formed in 2005 and quickly noticed by Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, the wheels were soon set in motion for their debut album Uncreation.
The collaboration of producer Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner) and the musical works of vocalist Veronica Freeman and Pete Wells along with the talent of drummer Blackie Sanchez, bassist Jesse Wright and keyboardist Chris Morgan, Uncreation was released to great reviews. Benedictum was selected as 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. Guest appearances included Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and Jimmy Bain.
The result of the second collaboration between Jeff Pilson and Benedictum was their 2008 releaseSeasons of Tragedy which evolved them into a Metal force which could not be denied. With Veronicas’ 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, Seasons of Tragedy further solidified the fact that there was something quite special at work here.
Seasons of Tragedy garnered more great reviews and were on many a list for top albums of 2008. Guest appearances again by Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and also George Lynch who added his special flare 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, Gods of Metal, HRH and a tour with DORO.
Capitalizing on the success of Uncreation and Seasons of Tragedy, Benedictum now offer the world their masterpiece, Dominion. Recently released by Frontiers Records and produced by Grammy Award winner Ryan Greene (NOFX, Megadeth, F5), Dominion is everything you’ve come to expect from Benedictum…plus a whole lot more. If you don’t know Benedictum, then you don’t know heavy metal. It’s as simple as that.
Heavy Metal Warrior and powerhouse vocalist Veronica Freeman of BENEDICTUM offers her thoughts on each of the songs from the band’s masterpiece release, Dominion (Frontiers). Read on to get the inside scoop on these stunning anthems.
Dominion – “This song was a vehicle for a lot of our aggression and started out a little bit of a departure for us. It was the first song that we did with [producer]Ryan Greene and we had completed it in its entirety and then started the rest of the album. I guess it reflects that undying spirit, the will to not only survive, but overcome and conquer.”
At the Gates – “Truly a collaboration of the members of Benedictum. Do you ever have those thoughts about what exactly does happen when it’s all over? If we are truly held accountable for our actions where will we stand on Judgment Day? At the Gates.”
The Seer – “I wrote the lyrics for this song so many years ago and was glad to be able to dust it off again and have Pete [Wells] give it new life and direction. Within us all, the key to wisdom, the voice that calls… will you answer?”
Grind It – “Short and maybe not so sweet, but basically just wanted to get it out there how much it sucks to be lied to and stabbed in the back by someone you trust. Oh, I guess that is the music biz [laughs].”
Prodigal Son – “Seems sad to see so many people lost out there, not really having any balance of right or wrong, taking and never giving. Like a storm of destruction surrounds their lives… but there is forgiveness and enlightenment if you seek it out. Your destiny is not set in stone. ‘Prodigal Son’ is about just that.”
The Shadowlands – “This song really has that ‘Benedictum vibe’ to me. As one that suffers from a lot of self doubt and depression this song reflects that battle in the soul, the mind, body… waging war, conflicting thoughts and that desire to continue to seek peace within the borders of your own self. Pete Wells’ solo on this song is truly transcendental.”
Beautiful Pain – “Instrumental… just feel it.”
Dark Heart – “Trying to assuage that feeling of guilt when you want something you know you shouldn’t have,(not that this has ever happened to me, I am just saying) but there is that struggle between the lust that consumes you and fighting off the vestige of ‘Catholic guilt’ if you will.”
Bang – “We really wanted a song that embodied that defiance, a rise up against oppressiveness of having to ‘fit in.’ I call it my ‘non Prom song’ for those of us who didn’t make the cut… or even those who did, but were totally misunderstood. It’s time to rise and not let them define us! Fists up in the air… the horns now if you DARE! Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) loaned us his talent on this track. Thanks!”
Loud Silence – “I guess it is by some to be considered the odd ball song on the album, but we really believed in it. I find a lot of my women friends reading more and more into the meaning of it and that is always a good thing. Sometimes it really is that which you don’t say that speaks volumes.”
Epsilon – “The very last song to be completed. Reflecting the need for spiritual connection ‘Epsilon’ leans a bit over to our progressive side with amazing solos by Pete Wells and Craig Goldy (Dio, Whitesnake).”
Sanctuary – “After all the tears and hopelessness there comes a time when you got to make a decision whether you can do it on your own or just consider the thought that maybe a power greater than yourself can make the changes you up to this time have not been able to affect. A great chance to work with Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio) again and watch him work his magic.
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx – “Ryan made us do it! This was a real challenge and we hope we did some justice to it. We had a blast paying tribute to one of our favorite bands.”
This is an interview with Benedictum singer Veronica Freeman. It is the first ever with her in metal-rules.com and is dedicated to all Benedictum lovers. Their stunning new album SEASONS OF TRAGEDY has just been released. We talked about the bands background and future as well as about the new album.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Promo pictures provided by: Sound Pollution
Thanks to Joakim Stabel at Sound Pollution for setting up this interview