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Belphegor

Formed: 1991
From: Puch, Austria
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Belphegor News

Below is our complete Belphegor news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Belphegor Posts Bass Recording Video

The diabolical death/black metal commandos from Belphegor just released another album trailer, this time showing insight into the bass guitar recording at Stage One Studios, Germany with Andy Classen. Watch Serpenth crushing through the recordings below.

Serpenth states: "This is my strongest bass performance so far, it sounds obscure and utterly brutal. Belphegor is back to conquer - possessed, on fire and stronger than ever!"

The eleventh Belphegor album, entitled "Totenritual," will act as the follow-up to 2014 recording "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here). Expect its worldwide release on September 15th through Nuclear Blast. You can also catch these upcoming Belphegor 2017 tour dates:

13.05. NL Veghel - Veghel Deathfest
14.05. NL Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
26.05. E Barcelona - Knights of Metal Festival
16.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
17.06. D Uttenhofen - Aaargh Festival
07.07. D Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air
23.07. I Brescia - Colony Open Air
02.08. A Vienna - Jolly Roger Festival
18.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
24.08. D Crispendorf - Wolfszeit Festival
15./16.12. S Norrköping - Black Christmas More...

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Blackest Of The Black 2017 Lineup Revealed

This year marks the first Blackest Of The Black destination festival. The brainchild of Glenn Danzig, the event not only serves as a music festival, but as a cultural experience.

Coming to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th, Blackest Of The Black will host two music stages curated by Danzig, with performances by Danzig, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Vamps, and many more.

The festival will be hosted by Full Metal Jackie and will feature camping, along with a number of sinister attractions including Castle Danzig -- a fully immersive walkthrough experience of agony, ecstasy and more, all based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig. Information on tickets, VIP packages, camping and more can be found at this location.

Glenn Danzig comments: “I first started Blackest in the early 2000s and finally my full vision is being realized. Get ready for sensory overload, from films to comics to Castle Danzig. This is going to be the real Blackest Of The Black."

The music lineup for Blackest Of The Black is as follows:

Friday, May 26: Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, Suicide Silence, Discharge, Belphegor, Butcher Babies, 3 Teeth, and more to be announced!

Saturday, May 27: Danzig, Ministry, Vamps, Atreyu, Venom Inc, DevilDriver, Fear Factory, Marduk, Combichrist, Ghoul, Ritual, and more to be announced! More...

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Belphegor Reveals New Album Title & Release Date

"Totenritual" has been revealed as the title to Belphegor's new effort which will be be released on September 15th through Nuclear Blast Records. Explains the band’s vocalist/guitarist Helmuth Lehner:

"It is the most brutally heavy offering we have consecrated thus far. The drums are precise and very technical with loads of breaks, fills and tempo changes. The bass is like a panzer tank. Also the rhythm guitars are complete; utterly aggressive and obscure. You don’t hear guitars like that anywhere with such a massively low tuning. I’m really proud of all we have tracked so far and created for the new audial hellspawn. An honour – this horror!!"

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Belphegor Issues Recording Update

European black / death metal outfit Belphegor is back in the studio to record an 11th (and still untitled) album. The LP will act as the follow-up to d 2014 recording "Conjuring The Dead." Expect a release date Mid-September through Nuclear Blast Entertainment, followed by an intense touring cycle worldwide.

Frontman / guitarist Helmuth Lehner comments: "Drums and bass guitar have been executed masterfully by Serpenth [bass guitar, screams] and German maniac drummer Bloodhammer. A new chapter, a new challenge."

Serpenth adds: "We've once again created an LP with two different tunings in the manner in which we did 'Pestapokalypse VI' [Oct. 2006]. Added a lot of new elements and structures to our trademark sound and tuned the guitars down to get an even more brutal and obscure guitar tone. These are the most furiously heavy, fierce and superior nine sound collages we have ever written and recorded."

Keep an eye on out for news informing on details such as the album title, producer, studio trailer, as well as lyrical and artistic concepts in the next update. More...

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Possessed & Belphegor Kicking Off European Tour

The godfathers of the death metal genre Possessed and Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be kicking off their European tour next week, supported by America's finest black metal export Absu. Co-Headliners Belphegor and Possessed will be rotating each night playing 1 hour sets, do not miss this tour of legends!

Check out all dates of the “Evil Over Europe”-Tour below:

Possessed (Rotating Headliner)
Belphegor (Rotating Headliner)
Absu
From Hell
Cold Raven (02.12-10.12)
Sariola (11.12-20.12) More...

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Cold Raven Joining Possessed / Belphegor Tour

Cold Raven will be embarking on "The Evil Over Europe" double-headliner tour featuring Possessed and Belphegor, with additional support from Absu.

Dates for the trek are available below. Cold Raven is also currently writing new material for a next album, so stay tuned for more details in the near future.

02.12 - Paris (Fra) “Glazart” (no Absu)
03.12 - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
04.12 - Zurich (SUI) “Dynamo”
05.12 - OFF
06.12 - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
07.12 - Ljubljana (SLO) “Kino Siska”
08.12 - Ostrava (CZE) “Barrack Club”
09.12 - Wroclaw (POL) “Alibi”
10.12 - Berlin (GER) “Nuke Club” More...

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Possessed, Belphegor & Absu Touring Europe

The godfathers of the death metal genre Possessed and Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be touring Europe coming December, supported by America's finest black metal export Absu. Co-Headliners Belphegor and Possessed will be rotating each night playing 1 hour sets, do not miss this tour of legends!

Check out all dates of the “Evil Over Europe”-Tour below:

Possessed (Rotating Headliner)
Belphegor (Rotating Headliner)
Absu
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Belphegor and Origin at Reggies Rock Club

I always liked Belphegor since the first time I saw them live. So having them appear on a really solid tour package with Origin and Abigail Williams was a show which I absolutely had to see. It was my first time seeing them since I caught them with Keep of Kallessin back in 2011 as I spent 2013-2015 outside of the metal scene, first asphyxiating in absolute misery before returning to school to earn a degree.

The majority of the bands playing were black metal and while I could have worn a shirt for Immortal, Melechesh or Primordial, I chose to wear my Converge shirt. Nothing sticks it to the Wicker Park-dwelling beards and flannel crowd more than proudly wearing the shirt of the band responsible for the 2000s metalcore boom to a black metal show. I proudly felt like Homer Simpson wearing a Rastafarian hat at Lollapalooza.

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Shining Announces North American Shows

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has announced a first-ever U.S. tour beginning on August 11th in Houston, and seeing the band performing alongside Belphegor, Origin, and Abigail Williams.

Shining is touring in support of new album, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" (reviewed here).

Dates for the impending late summer trek are as follows:

Aug. 11 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Aug. 12 Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
Aug. 13 Ft. Worth, TX - The Rail Club
Aug. 15 Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
Aug. 16 Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
Aug. 17 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Aug. 18 W. Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
Aug. 19 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
Aug. 20 Portland, OR - Star Theater
Aug. 21 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 22 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Aug. 24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Aug. 25 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Aug. 26 Cave-in-Rock, IL - Full Metal Assault
Aug. 27 Dayton, OH - Oddbody's
Aug. 28 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug. 30 Quebec City, QC - Salle Multi
Aug. 31 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre More...

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Belphegor Working On Album

After recently being accosted by religious fanatics in Russia, Austria's diabolical extreme metal force Belphegor has been working arduously throughout several rehearsal sessions in Abtenau, Salzburg on new material for a currently-untitled new studio album.

This new album will be the follow-up to 2014’s "Conjuring The Dead" record. Frontman Helmuth states:

"We've just finished the fourth rehearsal session. The process consisted of 13 exhausting, creative days in a row. Nine compositions took form and already sound massive. It's important to me that we get better, tighter, raise the dynamics, and have each musician develop his skills with his instruments to bring our sound to the next level. We've always done our own thing and continue to do so.

"Live ceremonies are still the essence of Belphegor, touring worldwide is our main priority after writing and releasing new musick for our loyal supporters. The new, currently untitled album will be our most obscure and brutal one. It's the first time we've tuned our guitars to H5 and ?#?A6, which is really low, and will add a new touch to our sound. Release date will be in April 2017! We're forever on fire and ready for new challenges. Progress is experimentation and improvement. An honour - this horror." More...

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Belphegor Comments On Russian Censorship

Following some fundamentalist nut job accosting Belphegor and Nile at an airport as soon as the bands arrived in Russia, things went from bad to worse for this ill-fated tour. Belphegor just issued this statement:

"After a great tour kickoff in Minsk, Belarus [18th April], Belphegor dealt with heavy opposition and censorship within Russia resulting in three shows being cancelled. We apologize to Russian supporters. The troop tried everything to secure the shows.

"The St. Petersburg concert was canceled just a few hours before Belphegor was scheduled to enter the stage on the 19th of April. We arrived in Moscow hoping for the best on the 20th. We were ordered to remove the already hanging backdrop, then told that stage props such as sculptures and crosses were forbidden, and Helmuth was not allowed to do vocals for the track 'Lucifer Incestus.'

"During the second track, the sound engineer had been forced to mute the vocals for the rest of the show because of our lyrical content. We were outraged by the entire experience. Afterward, we were informed that we would be unable to play in Ekaterinburg [21st April] and Krasnodar [23rd April]. Thanks to Sviatlana Dubavets for the photo shot during our Ritual in Minsk, Belarus." More...

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Headline News

Belphegor Accosted By Fanatic At Airport

Update: Belphegor has now issued a statement about both the airport fiasco and experiencing extreme censorship and cancelled shows in Russia on this trek. Read it over here.

Although there has been no official statement from the band at this point, a video is circulating of some sort of fundamentalist (apparently religious, but it's unclear as there are no subtitles) verbally accosting Belphegor at a Russian airport.

At one point the man even spits in a member of Belphegor's face (appears to be front man Helmuth?), and then hilariously doesn't like it when the favor is immediately returned.

Karl Sanders of Nile (out on tour with Belphegor) then steps in to stop the situation from escalating. Any of our Russian speaking readers able to translate this video for us?

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Closer To Complete

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.

Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Belphegor Comments On Upcoming Album

Belphegor began new rehearsal sessions for an upcoming album yesterday in Abtenau, Salzburg (Austria). Front man Helmuth Lehner commented:

"Magnificent nature covered in snow that has arrived in the mountains with -11 degrees [12 ºF] here and we're freezing our asses off. Just perfect for creating brutal sound collages. With this currently untitled album we will try to develop and bring everything to a new level, since I have the feeling this is the strongest recording line-up we've ever had. Regards to blood brother Barth Resch for the photo shoot."

The upcoming album is currently scheduled for a late 2016 / early 2017 release. Belphegor's new project will commence two-and-a-half years after the "Conjuring The Dead" album, which was released via Nuclear Blast records in August 2014. More...

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Eluveitie Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Belphegor Kicking Off European Tour

Europe's diabolical death metal force, Belphegor, will kick off the U.K. leg of the "Conjuring The Dead Raid" tour next week. The tour is in celebration of current release "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) out now via Nuclear Blast.

The Belphegor horde, led by band founder Helmuth Lehner, will launch this crushing assault on the U.K. alongside U.S. death metallers Vital Remains, Polish death/black metal group Hate as well as Liverpool-based symphonic black metallers Ethereal. The complete run of EU dates includes 17 shows in nine different countries.

Mighty front man Helmuth Lehner had to say: “Hail! It's great to return to the mighty land of NWOBHM. Always a pleasure to glorify brutal Metal with you demons! You better not miss this fucking extraordinary, blasphemous death/black metal package! ENGLAND IS GOING TO HELL WITH US ON 7TH DECEMBER 2015!!”

The U.K. leg of the trek features these dates:

7th December - Sheffield, Corporation
8th December – 1865 Club, Southampton
9th December – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
10th December – The Dome, London More...

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Belphegor Posts Rehearsal Footage Of New Song

Europe's diabolical death metal force Belphegor is working on new material: check out a clip below of the band playing "Totenkult - Exegesis Of Deterioration," recorded live right in Belphegor's rehearsal bunker."

"Totenkult - Exegesis Of Deterioration" will be included on the band's upcoming album, scheduled for a late 2016 release date via Nuclear Blast. The impending album follows 2014's "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here).

This track will also be performed live for the first time during an upcoming North American tour. The raid kicks off at Knotfest Open Air in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, October 24 with an early play time at 4:05 - 4:50pm, Extreme Stage 004. More...

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