Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman interview
Just in time for some headbanging holiday revelry, Phoenix traditional metal contingent, Benedictum releases its fourth studio effort, “Obey“. This week, Metelaholic caught up with vocalist Veronica Freeman to talk about the band’s latest effort. She also discussed her upcoming solo album, the band’s newest members, and working with the likes of Tony Martin, Nina Osegueda, Craig Goldy, and Jeff Pilson.
Freeman connected guitarist Pete Wells and the two worked together in the San Diego based band Malady. When that band came to an end the duo formed Regime, which became Bound, and finally, Benedictum. While there have been a few line-up changes since the band’s 2005 inception, there have been a few constants besides Wells and Freeman. These include former Dio and Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson who has been involved in some capacity through all four albums. Likewise, fellow Dio bandmate, guitarist Craig Goldy has been in the mix as well, including contributing a song to the new record.
With the addition of new bassist Aric Avina and former Jag Panzer drummer Rikard Stjernquist, Benedictum has built perhaps its most formidable line-up to date. Freeman shared in our 45 minute interview that the sheer heft of Wells amazing guitar work on the new record has the quartet considering the addition of a second guitarist.
New producer John Herrera (Age of Evil, Jag Panzer) helped the band solidify its signature with “Obey“. Freeman admitted it “was a dream come true” to have former Black Sabbath vocalist, Tony Martin duet with her on the track, “Cry”. The song is one of three the band gave to him for consideration, and Freeman noted that she still has an amazing version Martin singing on the Craig Goldy penned track, “Die To Love You”.
Last year, Freeman teamed up with vocalist Nina Osegueda for the A Sound of Thunder track “Queen of Hell”. This time her friend returned the favor, adding her vocals to the track, “Thornz”. Freeman said she would love to see the two bands tour together in 2014.
Freeman opened up about her already recorded debut solo album which will be released next year and why the new Benedictum album had to be released first. You can check out the full interview below as Freeman talks Berkley Horses, her journey to music, and the artist she would like to cover that might surprise people.