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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 Cancels North American Tour

Due to a family emergency, Austria’s diabolical death / black metal band Belphegor has been forced to cancel the planned headlining North American “Voices From The Dark” tour with Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown.

The tour was scheduled to launch September 24th in New York City. Belphegor front man & guitarist Helmuth Lehner issued the following statement:

"After fighting many months now (the last 4 months have been terrible), my mother is at the end. Her body is decaying more and more and will not survive the next weeks (maybe days) or will fall in coma soon. I will not risk being away at this time."

None of the other bands have issued a statement yet, so it's unclear if they will continue the tour or if the entire trek is off with the headlining band cancelling.

Update: Rotting Christ has now confirmed the tour is fully cancelled, stating: "As Rotting Christ we have no other choice than supporting Helmuth's family situation and to express simultaneously our deep disappointment with the fact that we will not meet our Northern American Metal brothers as we promised them with this tour. We promise though that we will work our asses off to be back in your land ASAP so stay tuned for updates." More...

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Belphegor Streaming Full New Album

After being covered in our Sunday Old School column last week, Belphegor is now streaming the band's entire new album online.

For those who just can’t stand to wait any longer, you can hear all of "Conjuring The Dead" in the YouTube player below. Be sure to also check out our review of the album right here.

"Conjuring The Dead" is out now in North America via Nuclear Blast and is due to drop in Europe tomorrow - August 8th.

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Sunday Old School: Belphegor

As we’ve mentioned a few times over the past months, this year Sunday Old School is aiming to cover a lot more countries in our articles. Some of the nations we’ve taken a first look at have given the world of metal some highly controversial names, both literately (such as Rotting Christ from Greece) and in terms of theatrics (such as Poland’s, Behemoth.) This week sees the latter trend continue, as Sunday Old School examines a band from Austria for the first time. A blood drenched, blasphemous, outrageous group that goes by the name of, Belphegor.

The group was formed under the moniker Betrayer in Salzburg in 1991 by guitarist, Helmuth and Sigurd, vocalist Maxx and a drummer named Chris. Whilst using this name, they recorded two demos, "Kruzifixion" and "Unborn Blood," before changing their alias to Belphegor, named after a demon who was supposedly responsible for discoveries and, according to the Dictionnaire Infernal, Hell’s ambassador to France (because if anywhere is going to have an embassy for Hell, it’s France.) They would release only one demo with Maxx after changing their name in the guise of 1993’s, "Bloodbath in Paradise." After Maxx’s departure, Helmuth assumed vocal duties and the group recorded another demo, "Obscure and Deep" through Perverted Taste Records in 1994, before their first official album, "The Last Supper" was released in January 1995 via Lethal Records. More...

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Belphegor Headed To North America

The diabolical death/black metal band Belphegor will return to North American shores with a headlining tour this Fall.

Joining the raid of conquest and blasphemy, dubbed the “Voices From The Dark” tour 2014, is a cornucopia of the finest metal miscreants the world has to offer.

Greek outfit Rotting Christ as well as Beheaded from Malta and Svart Crown from France will be supporting on the trek.

“Belphegor is still brutal and consistent, rolling in worldwide like a wartime tank,” comments Belphegor frontman Helmuth Lehner. “It will be a pleasure to conquer the states again. On 'Conjuring The Dead' we celebrate diabolical death musick with one of our most brutal offerings yet. Join the Belphegor rituals and go to hell with us.”

The band's upcoming album "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) is due out on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU/Brazil/Japan), and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Belphegor Releases "Conjuring The Dead" Video

Belphegor today releases a music video for "Conjuring The Dead," which is the title track off the band's upcoming album of the same name (reviewed here).

Check out the new video below, courtesy of Metal Hammer. The clip was shot and edited this past May by director Walter Fanninger with German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror embodying the main character on screen.

"Conjuring The Dead" will be due out on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU/Brazil/Japan), and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. Front man Helmuth comments: “With Conjuring The Dead we glorify Diabolical Death Metal. Belphegor is still like a world war tank, rolling in worldwide without compromise!! Now turn the volume all the way up and go to hell with us..” More...

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Belphegor Posts Video Teaser

The diabolical black/death metal troop Belphegor has uploaded a teaser clip to whet your appetite for the upcoming "Conjuring The Dead" video. Check it out below.

The official video will be released July 23rd, 2014 and the track is taken from the upcoming new Belphegor record of the same name, which will be unleashed on August 5th [North America], August 8th [EU/Brazil/Japan] and August 11th [UK/FR] via Nuclear Blast.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum More...

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Belphegor Posts Vocal Recording Footage

Diabolical death/black metal troop Belphegor just released a trailer showing impressions of the vocal recordings for upcoming new album "Conjuring The Dead," which will be unleashed on August 5th [North America], August 8th [EU/Brazil/Japan], and August 11th [UK/FR] via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the trailer below, and Belphegor's Helmuth comments: "Conjuring The Dead, our new offering: Belphegor are still true to their legacy: consistent, brutal, and conquering worldwide. Victorious!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum

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Belphegor Posts "Gasmask Terror" Lyric Video

Austrian black/death machine Belphegor posted a lyric video for the new track "Gasmask Terror." The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release "Conjuring the Dead." The album is set for release on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum

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Belphegor Posts Guitar Recording Footage

After posting bass and drum footage online, the diabolical death/black metal group Belphegor has released the second studio report from upcoming album "Conjuring the Dead."

This trailer provides a glimpse into the guitar recording process. Check it out below. "Conjuring the Dead" was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida under the direction of Eric Rutan.

Three and a half years have past since the "Blood Magick Necromance" album (reviewed here) was released. Belpehgor is back to conquer - possessed, on fire and stronger than ever - with the new album set to drop on August 5th [North America], August 8th [EU/Brazil] and August 11th [UK/FR] via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Belphegor Posts Recording Footage

Diabolic death/black metal outfit Belphegor has released the first studio report from the upcoming album "Conjuring The Dead." The trailer provides a glimpse into the bass and drum recording process at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida.

You can pre-order the album right here before "Conjuring The Dead" will be unleashed on August 5th [North America], August 8th [EU/ Brazil] and August 11th [UK/FR] via Nuclear Blast.

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Belphegor Posts Rehearsal Footage

The diabolical black/death commandos in Belphegor have released rehearsal footage, which can be seen below, that was filmed a few days before Serpenth and Marthyn flew to Mana Studios in Florida to track the devastating bass guitars and blazing machine gun drums with producer Erik Rutan.

This rehearsal footage offers a first impression of the brutality yet to be unleashed with upcoming album "Conjuring the Dead." Founder, frontman and guitarist Helmuth states:

“Here are a few samples of the new soundcollages. We replaced the working titles, added the final ones on this re-worked trailer, which also shows a new track. Hell awaits!!"

"Conjuring the Dead" is due to be unleashed on August 8th (EU/North America) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast and features the following track listing:

1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum More...

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Belphegor Announces New Album Track Listing

Belphegor today reveals the track listing (available below) for new album "Conjuring the Dead," which is due to be unleashed on August 8th (EU/North America) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast.

The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida under the direction of Eric Rutan, three and a half years after "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here) was released.

The "Conjuring The Dead" artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton from Septicflesh, who also painted the cover of "Pestapokalypse IV" in 2006.

1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum More...

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Belphegor Reveals New Album Details

The diabolical black/death metal outfit Belphegor has just revealed the cover design for forthcoming album "Conjuring the Dead."

The artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton from Septicflesh, who also painted the cover of "Pestapokalypse IV" in 2006.

Belphegor's Helmuth comments: “The spectacular cover, the offensive lyrical content, the Death Musick. Belphegor's nine new sound collages are a new dimension of intensity and dynamics.”

Seth adds: "Once you can customize the basic principles of Renaissance painting and deriving energy/data from chaotic reservoir of unconscious...you get Belphegor's "Conjuring The Dead' cover art.”

The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida under the direction of Eric Rutan, three and a half years after "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here) was released.

The band's tenth studio album will be unleashed on August 8th (EU/North America) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Belphegor Reveals New Album Title

Austrian blackened death metal outfit Belphegor has announced that the title of their forthcoming tenth studio album will be, "Conjuring the Dead" and that it will hit the shelves on August 8th in most of Europe, with a UK and French release of August 11th to follow. A North American release date has not yet been confirmed, though it would likely be around August 12th. The album was produced by Erik Rutan and will be released through Nuclear Blast.

Speaking about the album, frontman Helmuth stated: "The tenth full-length entitled Conjuring The Dead is tracked. For over two years we worked on the nine compositions. We got every arrangement to the highest audio potential, added a lot of new, haunting, and compelling structures/ rhythm parts and tritone intervals. We decided to record in the USA this time. The combination of European metal's cold and sick elements crossed with an American brutal sound was the master plan. We're on fire! Expect more shredding, more magick, more of everything."

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Belphegor Releases New Music Video

Right on time for the annual celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, European kings of supreme death/black metal Belphegor have uploaded the video clip for "In Blood – Devour This Sanctity." Check it out below.

This is the opening track from the previous Belphegor album "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here) and the clip was recorded live at Moscow's Moskva Hall on October 6th, 2013. The video was recorded and edited by Andrey Kovalev.

Commented frontman Helmuth: “What a brutal concert, extreme, obscene and memorable. For the new video I decided to take ‘In Blood – Devour This Sanctit’ with visual live sequences from the Moscow ritual. Authentic and insane. One of my fave tracks in a live situation. Musickwise inspired by ‘The Hungarian Dances’ by the classical composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). You also find there all Belphegor trademarks. Shredding guitars, fast drums and heretical grunts. Enjoy!“

Belphegor's yet-untitled new album is scheduled for a worldwide release May 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Belphegor Updates Tour Schedule

Belphegor will be performing a series of 20th anniversary shows this year in anticipation of a coming new album to be released in early 2014, which will follow the band's latest full-length "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). The updated tour schedule is as follows:

31.08.2013 - DE - Crispendorf, Wolfszeit Festival
19.09.2013 - IT - Roma, Traffic Live Club
20.09.2013 - IT - Milano, The Theatre
21.09.2013 - AT - Braunau, Metal Orgy Fest
02.10.2013 - RUS - Krasnador, Arena - Hall
03.10.2013 - RUS - Rostov, Arena Hall
05.10.2013 - RUS - St. Petersburg, Arctica
06.10.2013 - RUS - Moscow, Moskva Hall
18.10.2013 - DE - Straubing, Metal Invasion Festival
15.11.2013 - DE - Luebeck, Metal Hammer Paradise
16.11.2013 - SWE - Göteborg, Sticky Fingers
13.12.2013 - NL - Eindhoven, Eindhoven Metal Meeting
28.12.2013 - DE - Speyer, Satans Convention Festival More...

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Belphegor Announces New Live Shows

Belphegor will be releasing a new album in early 2014, and the band also recently announced plans for a run of 20th anniversary European shows. Now Belphegor has revealed the Russian stops of the tour:

02.10.2013 - RUS - Rostov, Arena Hall
03.10.2013 - RUS - Krasnador, Arena - Hall
05.10.2013 - RUS - St. Petersburg, Arctica
06.10.2013 - RUS - Moscow, Moskva Hall

The band comments: "Ave Russia! Ready to celebrate 20 years of Diabolical Death Musick with us??"

The other announced dates for the 20th anniversary tour also include:

08.08.2013 - CZ - Jaromer, Brutal Assault Festival
09.08.2013 - CH - Hüttikon, Meh Suff Open Air
10.08.2013 - SP - Villena Leyendas Del Rock
11.08.2013 - UK - Derbyshire, Bloodstock Open Air
31.08.2013 - DE - Crispendorf, Wolfszeit Festival
21.09.2013 - AT - Braunau, Metal Orgy Fest
18.10.2013 - DE - Straubing, Metal Invasion Festival
15.11.2013 - DE - Luebeck, Metal Hammer Paradise
13.12.2013 - NL - Eindhoven, Eindhoven Metal Meeting
14.12.2013 - DEN - tba
28.12.2013 - DE - Speyer, Satans Convention Festival More...

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To Festival Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!

"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.

"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...

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Belphegor Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

Belphegor, which recently pushed back the band's new album release to early 2014, will soon be hitting France's Hellfest. Helmuth comments:

"Last week we played Steelfest open air in Hyvinkää, Finland, a magnificent town close to Helsinki. Always a pleasure to bring our chaos to the North. What a great festival, brutal line up, and a brutal show. Hails to all people that celebrated diabolical-death-musick with us.

"Also much gratitude goes out to Toni 'The Damager' Törrönen, Jani Lane, the whole Steelfest crew for their hospitality. Mörken (hope i spelled it right) and the hotel room party people. Your rule! Finland - we will return!

"Hellfest Open Air in Clisson France on June 22nd is next. We are set to bring our 20 year anniversary show to the Temple Stage at 19:50-20:40. This will be the 3rd time that we have been invited to perform at this massive festival. An honor to return to Hellfest and shred this convent again. Are you demons ready to kill? Who´s coming?"

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More Bands Added To The Eindhoven Metal Meeting

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be taking place this December 12th - 14th, with full details available at the festival's website here.

Several new bands have now been announced, including Napalm Death, Carpathian Forest, Gothminister, Aborym, and the Monolith Deathcult. Check out the announcement clip below.

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