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A New Beginning, The Advent of Bedlam.
After nine years, in late 2009, the band left behind the name “December’s Cold Winter” to be known as “Advent of Bedlam“. The change was made after several months of reflection, as the band realized that the old name was not showing the actual lyrical and musical direction they were heading to.
In early 2010, the band entered Cavan Studio to record their new album, Behold the Chaos, again produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Gutierrez. The artwork was made by Alex Hoffman from Cypher Visual (Behemoth, Psycroptic, Suffocation, Arsis, Beneath the Massacre).
The result is a new album of pure, brutal, fast and tight Death Metal that keeps the essence of the band’s past albums, however far much intense and extreme.
On April 2010, the band recorded their first video for the single “The Stench of Your Faith”, which was released one year later, having more than 11000 views 6 months in Youtube. The song was also part of Zero Tolerance Issue 036 for the July/August 2010 publication.
Also, the song “The Darkest Alliance” was exclusively recorded for the Heavy Metal Club Georgia Metal Alliance (G.M.A. INT’L), a Heavy Metal organization which stands for respect; loyalty, dignity; integrity and honour which was a perfect fit to the band’s ideology. More than 100 fans joined the recording of the song’s chorus.
On November 2010, the band was part of the first Metal Culture Reunion, supported by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Culture, an activity that gathered metalheads, bands, stores, zines and all kind of national acts related to Costa Rica’s Metal. Some days later, the band shared stage with Obituary in their Latin American Tour.
From January to April 2011, the band joined forces again with Pneuma and raised the Awakening Tour ‘11, which brought both bands through several cities and spreading tones of Metal through all the country.
On March 2011, the band shared stage with Tim Aymar and Grecco, while their performed officially live for the first time ever Control Denied’s “The Fragile Art of Existence”, a unique experience for the band and metalheads in Costa Rica and all around the world.
On April 2011, the band visited Mexico for their first North American Tour with 11 booked dates. For the first time in country’s Metal history, a band exported their music as a Costa Rica’s Cultural Matter thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and Costa Rican Tourism Institute. After successfully headbanged Texcoco, Tehuacan, Cordoba, Toluca and Queretaro and driving more than 2000 kms, the band had to cancel the rest of the Tour due the unexpected and irresponsible departure of Ovares (drummer).
Although that was one of the band’s worst moment ever, AoB raised again stronger than ever after Luis Ortiz (Drums) joined the band, which was ready to play a complete setlist in less than a month of rehearsals.
The band also got great news after Soultone Cymbals and Knucklehead Strings endorsed AoB with their products and the MMA Supremacy videogames franchise added some tracks from the “Behold the Chaos” album to the game and soundtrack.
Advent of Bedlam is now one of Costa Rica’s most important Metal Bands, evolving from a Black/Death Metal with keyboards to a much more brutal and straightforward Death Metal which will be reinvented as the band experiments and matures their craft, meanwhile the band is focused on two main, short term, objectives: the first European Tour on March 2012 and the release of AoB’s newest material, Flesh Over God.