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Glenn Danzig announced that a special 2006 west coast-only edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will kick off on November 17 in Seattle, WA. Headliner Danzig - Glenn Danzig/vocals, former Samhaim bandmate Steve Zing on bass, and Type O Negative's Johnny Kelly/drums and Kenny Hickey/guitar - will be joined by Lacuna Coil, The Haunted, Belphegor, and Asesino.
This is the third year of Danzig's highly successful "Blackest of the Black" tour. The festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil and Behemoth on the bill. The 2005 edition featured Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor), and The Agony Scene.
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts."
In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the October 17 release of "Black Aria II" (evillive), the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria," which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Classical chart. Produced, written and - with a couple of exceptions - performed by Glenn, "Black Aria II" employs thundering organ, otherworldly chants, operatic lamentations, poignant strings, ominous percussion, ritualistic chimes and other mysterious sounds, to tell the story of a rebel of ancient lore - Lilith, Adam's wife before Eve.
Danzig has also released his "3 Faces of Danzig," a limited edition, fully-articulated toy figure series that highlights different eras of Glenn's career - "Misfits-version" Danzig which wears his classic skull-and-crossbones black T-shirt from the Misfits' "Walk Among Us" album cover; "Samhain-version" Danzig, covered in dripping blood ala the "Initium" LP cover, and "Danzig-version" Danzig, which is shirtless and comes complete with the trademark Danzig belt buckle and upside-down-cross medallion necklace as on the "Lucifuge" album. The figures are made of soft vinyl, stand 10-inches tall and retail for $75.00 each, and are available in stores such as Spencer Gifts, Hot Topic, comic book/specialty stores, and on the Chaser website.
Confirmed dates for the 2006 "Blackest of the Black" tour are as follows: More...
It has been confirmed that DANZIG, LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED, and BELPHEGOR will be taking part in the 2006 edition of the Blackest of the Black tour. The tour will only be on the west coast and one more band, as well as tour dates, are expected to be announced shortly.
A representative for Nuclear Blast Germany has confirmed that BELPHEGOR have cancelled their previously announced European headlining tour, opting to take part in this year's X-Mass Festival 2006 European tour.
The band's headlining trek was supposed to kick off in November, and include SETHERIAL and WYKKED WYTCH.
The X-Mass Festival 2006 European tour will begin in early December, and will also feature SIX FEET UNDER, GOREFEST, CATARACT, KRISIUN and DARZAMAT. Confirmed dates are as follows:
8 - Fritz in Berlin, Germany
9 - Hellraiser in Engeldorf (Leipzig), Germany
10 - Planet Music in Wien, Austria
11 - Backstage in Munchen, Germany
12 - Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
13 - Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
14 - Batchkapp in Frankfurt, Germany
15 - La Laiterie in Strasbourg, France
16 - Hof Ter Loo in Antwerpen, Belgium
17 - 013 in Tilburg, Holland
18 - Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
19 - La Locomotive in Paris, France
Belphegor's new album, Pestapokalypse VI, is due out on October 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.
In other tour news, the band will embark on a North American tour with UNLEASHED, KRISIUN and HATESPHERE in February.
Hatesphere have been added to a U.S tour that currently features Belphegor, Krisiun, and Unleashed. Dates are as follows:
February 7 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
February 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 9 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
February 11 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
February 16 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
February 17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
February 20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
February 21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
March 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Founding members, Helmuth and Sigurd of BELPHEGOR are currently looking for a talented replacement drummer. Everybody who is interested and fits the requirements may contact the band`s management at firstname.lastname@example.org:
* You don’t need to be Austrian but be able to rehearse in Austria
* You are a professional musician – stage / tour experience preferred
* You are absolutely tight and you can play with click
* You are 100% into touring, festivals, shows, studio recording sessions
* You are generally interested in Death / Black Metal music
In other news, BELPHEGOR have finished shooting the clips for 'Bluhtsturm Erotika' and 'Belphegor - Hell's Ambassador'. Expect the worldwide premiere of the videos in the second week of September 2006.
BELPHEGOR have issued the following update via their official website:
Pestapokalypse VI - Der Teufel Tanzt Den Todt
"We here bring you a preview of Pestapokalypse VI album cover, created by Mr. Seth Siro Anton - enjoy the brilliant artwork. Pestapokalypse VI (Europe: 27th Oct. 2006) was recorded, mixed and mastered at Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany with producer Andy Classen. USA/Canada release date is set to 31st October 06 via Nuclear Blast USA.
On Monday Belphegor will start to film two clips. One video for the song 'Bluhtsturm Erotika' (European promo) and 'Belphegor - Hell´s Ambassador' (for USA/Canada TV stations ) with director Florian Werner. So be aware, mp3 samples and worldwide tour campaign dates will be posted soon.
Check back periodically, see you on the road to hell..."
As previously reported, the track list for Pestapokalypse VI is as follows: 'I Belphegor - Hell´s Ambassador', 'II Seyn Todt In Schwartz', 'III Angel Of Retribution', 'IV Chants For The Devil 1533', 'V Pest Teufel Apokalypse', 'VI The Ancient Enemy', 'VII Bluhtsturm Erotika', 'VIII Sanctus Perversum', 'IX Das Pesthaus'/'Miasma Epilog'.
Austrian death metallers BELPHEGOR have inked a del with Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Helmuth: "BELPHEGOR are proud to have found a new partner with Nuclear Blast for our upcoming album. Over eleven months we've been working on 'Pestapokalypse VI'. We continued to develop and refine the songs over and over again. Never before have we spent so much time in the rehearsal room, and never before have we put so much energy in our new material. [Producer] Andy Classen provided us with a massive wall of sound in the Stage One Studios. And — yeah — it's cool to see that Nuclear Blast boast distribution ways and potential we never got to experience in our past. 'Pestapokalypse VI' is our masterpiece so far! Hell awaits!!!"
Due on October 27, 2006, "Pestapokalypse VI" will contain the following track listing:
I Belphegor – Hell's Ambassador
II Seyn Todt In Schwartz
III Angel Of Retribution
IV Chants For The Devil 1533
V Pest Teufel Apokalypse
VI The Ancient Enemy
VII Bluhtsturm Erotika
VIII Sanctus Perversum
IX Das Pesthaus / Miasma Epilog
Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR is currently looking for a new professional company/management to represent them for the release of their recently completed new album. Interested parties should contact the band at email@example.com.
Commented guitarist Sigurd: "All options are open at the moment. We just started [talking to] some labels which seem to be interested [in] releas[ing] the 9 monumental sound collages in October 2006."
Added guitarist/vocalist Helmuth: "BELPHEGOR's sound has never been so massive and fresh, and I'm more than sure that this album gained a new dimension for the band. This album will be a new step forward for BELPHEGOR. I spent all my energy the last year on this album. A lot of new elements and a higher level of composition and structure are added as well. Besides you will hear the most aggressive and rawest vocal work I’ve ever done. No bullshit when I say we will give you the strongest opus we've ever made. Be prepared!"
BELPHEGOR's sixth album was recorded at producer Andy Classen's Stage One studios in Germany. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Throne of Sacrilege", "Flammandus Et Contemtus", "Bluhtsturm Erotica" and "Belphegor – Hell's Ambassador".
BELPHEGOR's fifth full-length album, "The Goatreich - Fleshcult", was released in Europe in February 2005 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany and was the follow-up to 2003's "Lucifer Incestus".
BELPHEGOR recently returned from three triumphant shows in Mexico, where they were joined by British bassist Robin Eaglestone (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, CRIMINAL). Eaglestone is expected to play with the band on all currently scheduled dates as well.
TJ Morris of Watchers Entertainment, one of the organizers of the Death In The Forest Festival, set to take place May 20 in upstate New York, has issued the following update regarding the festival's current status:
"First and foremost: Death In The Forest is still on. DITF was never off. We have been in the process of relocating, for a few reasons, which will be addressed shortly.
"Death In The Forest has been moved, less than 20 minutes, to the Catskill Mountain Ranch, located just outside of Wurtsboro, New York, in the town of Mamakating.
"The date is still the same: May 20th, 2006. The times are still the same. We will still have the same brutal bands, and still have the same great vendors. Only the location has changed.
"Catskill Mountain Ranch is literally in the middle of the woods (how perfect) and features a full-service paintball field (bring your own guns, the rentals will surely sell out) a pretty large skate park, and on-grounds camping. With the camping, you can come in the night before, have yourselves a little beer-b-que, see the greatest metal show to hit the tri-state area, and then have another bigger beer-b-que, all for less than the cost of one hotel room.
"As for the people who do have hotel rooms already booked in Middletown: CMR is less than 20 minutes away, and easily located from the middletown, new york area. We have made every attempt to relocate this event to an area within a reasonable distance to the Orange County Fair Grounds, and we feel that a 20-minute drive up the road is reasonable.
"You can Google the Catskill Mountain Ranch to call and book a spot for your tent, RV, or camper. They do have an online reservation feature, but we have been asked not to utilize this, as it is not so reliable.
"Now, as for the relocation. Let me start by saying that yes, in fact, we did feel it necessary to relocate from the OC Fair due to weather. The grounds at the OC Fair have been ill-kept, and only see action once a year for the annual fair. Our stages weigh about as much as a fully loaded semi-trailer, and anyone who knows about trucks knows that they sink in mud. That's not good for a multi-million dollar stage. Additionally, two of the stages would have located outside, so if in the event (and highly probable, in fact) that T-storms did hit the area, as forecasted, we would have had large metal structure swaying in the rain, while the equipment got soaked. not good. A decision had been made, even with the fairgrounds' approval, to relocate the stages. More...
According to their official website, New York's Death in the Forest festival is saved:
"The fest will be now held on top of a mountain - Catskill Mountain Ranch!!. There is camping, skateboarding and even paintball! The fest is saved and it's right up the street (approx. 15+ miles). Thanks for your patience.
538 Mt. Vernon Road • Wurtsboro, NY 12790
New set times will be posted shortly."
TJ Morris of Watchers Entertainment, one of the organizers of the Death In The Forest Festival — set to take place May 20 in Middletown, New York — has issued the following update:
"Due to the inclement weather, death in the forest 2006 will be moved from the Orange County Fair grounds. YES, MOVED FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS. As we aware that many people will be in the area on May 19th for the 1349/ BELPHEGOR/ TYPHUS/ ENGORGE signing at rock fantasy, and have also made hotel arrangements for the nights of may 19th and 20th in the Middletown area, we are doing everything in our power to relocate to a venue within close proximity of the Orange County Fair Grounds. I realize a great deal of you are probably pissed, thinking to yourself 'WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!' Well, that’s exactly how we feel about this situation as well. However, there has been rain in this area for the last three days, and another five days of rain is forecasted. Even if it dried up by May 20th, the grounds at the OC Fair would not support the weight of our equipment. So, once again, we are going to have to move the fest. We are frantically looking for a venue that is A) Large enough to suppo rt 2/3 stages, B) open to the idea of a black metal / death metal festival, and C) available for the dates of May 19th (setup) May 20th (event) and May 21st (break-down). If anyone OWNS, OR KNOWS SOMEONE WHO OWNS, such a spot in the Middletown, NY area, or in close proximity, please feel free to contact us. We have tried every conceivable venue in the area, and are getting stonewalled. More...
"Metalhead Romania" presents Belphegor, Friday, June 12 in Bucharest, Romania. It is the first time the Polish extreme-metal group plays for the Romanian fans. The band is included in the fourth edition of the Bucharest Metal Nights Festival, along with local legend bands like Taine and Psycho Symphony.
Opening acts confirmed include:
Ticket prices are around 10 euros and the venue is Old School Club. After Opera IX attended the third edition of the festival and almost 900 people came (sold-out event), Romanian metalheads prepare for another storming blast assured by "Metalhead Romania".
BELPHEGOR have been officially confirmed to play the SMNnews.com sponsored DEATH IN THE FOREST FESTIVAL on May 20 at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Middletown / New York. Other bands set to appear include 1349, VITAL REMAINS, SKINLESS, IMMOLATION, ANAL CUNT and more - a full list is below:
Fecal corpse NYDM
The Green Evening Requiem
The Blood Feast Island Man
All Heavens Fall
Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR are preparing to enter producer Andy Classen's Stage One studios in Germany to begin recording their sixth album, tentatively due next spring via an as-yet-undetermined label. "We're all set. Most of the 10 compositions/arrangements are finished in a rudimentary form," the band write. "Equipment is packed, new cymbals arrived and cables/strings/plecs have been fixed. Andy Classen will be at the helm as producer. The four recording sessions and mixing/mastering process should be complete by middle of February 2006, and the yet untitled album's release date will hopefully be sometime in April/May of 2006.
"As for the new album, we are doing everything we can to make sure it's the heaviest, most intense, monumental one BELPHEGOR ever made. We never rehearsed as often as for these 10 sound-collages. Hell yeah... We feel that this will be the mightiest BELPHEGOR jewel yet."
BELPHEGOR's fifth full-length album, "The Goatreich - Fleshcult", was released in Europe in February via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany and is the follow-up to 2003's "Lucifer Incestus".
Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR have officially severed ties with Napalm Records.
"[Napalm] worked into another direction than we wanted, and we don't want others to meddle into our things because we know for ourselves what's the best," the band write on their web site. "Unfortunately, they did too [little] for us in the live sector and we are really not amused to wait all the time. For the already successful European tour, Napalm Records has forsaken us and deleted the whole budget, so we made the final stroke, it's time for the next chapter."
BELPHEGOR will enter producer Andy Classen's Stage One studios in Germany in early November to begin recording their sixth album, tentatively due in April 2006 via an as-yet-undetermined label.
"From Andy at the controls we expect an absolute brilliant killer production,' the band write. "Nefastus will begin on 12th of November with the drum sessions, the recording process will reach out 'till middle of February 2006 with four sessions, so everything can grow and we can take the best result. Middle of February 2006 everything will be mixed/mastered, so you can count with the opus in middle/end April 2006 if everything runs the way we want to. More info on those soon."
Regarding the songwriting process for the new album, the group write, "We have already begun with the compositions for the next yet not titled album and most of the tracks/arrangements are almost finished. This time we will work with different guitars (tunings) and very unconventional moods in the hertz area, to let it sound more monumental. The new material is massive and iron. We have again worked out everything into the littlest detail and are going to spend the next month to rehearse the sound collages as tight as possible."
BELPHEGOR (Austria), ARKHON INFAUSTUS (France) and IN AETERNUM (Sweden) will be teaming up for the "Goetreich - Fleshcult Europa Tour Pt. I" beginning in mid-April. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 14 - Schweinfurt, GER @ Stattbahnhof
Apr. 15 - Hamburg, GER @ Headbangers Ballroom
Apr. 16 - Leipzig, GER @ Hellraiser*
Apr. 17 - M?nster, GER @ Live Arena*
Apr. 18 - St Niklaas, BEL @ Starz Club*
Apr. 19 - M?nchen, GER @ Backstage Club*
Apr. 20 - Budapest, HUN @ Kultiplex*
Apr. 21 - Graz, AUT @ Explosiv*
Apr. 22 - Vienna, AUT @ Planet*
Apr. 23 - Innsbruck, AUT @ Hades im Hafen*
Apr. 24 - Ascoli, ITA @ Shining Club*
Apr. 25 - Milano, ITA @ Thunder Road
Apr. 27 - Z?rich, SWI @ Dynamo
Apr. 28 - Perpignan, FRA @ Crockmore
Apr. 29 - Luynes, FRA @ Korigan
Apr. 30 - Paris, FRA @ Nouveau Casino
May 01 - Hengelo, NETH @ Metropool
May 02 - Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl
* w/ ASMODEUS
IN AETERNUM have just recorded their new album "DAWN OF A NEW AEON" for Agonia Records. The recording took place at Abyss Studios with Tommy Tägtgren at the end of December. Nicklas Rudolfsson from Magick Sound Studios mastered the album. Mike Wead from King Diamond / Mercyful Fate is doing a guest solo on the track "Pactum Diaboli", it's was an honour to have him on the album.
Joe Petagno has done the artwork for the album and can be viewed at the band's website .
Track list for the album is:
IN AETERNUM "DAWN OF A NEW AEON"
2.A new dawn
3.Poison the holy
5.Devil in me
6.Seven storms of doom
7.Unholy sons awakened
10.Spawned by the fires below
Sound clips will be available soon (35 minutes of satanic death metal).
IN AETERNUM will also be hitting the road with BELPHEGOR and ARKHON INFAUSTUS during April. Tour dates are as follows: More...
Birmingham’s Napalm Death wrapped up the 15-day European ‘X-Mass Festivals’ tour with Marduk, Finntroll, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Belphegor Sunday Dec. 19th. Vocalist Barney Greenway sends everyone from the tour and the band’s loyal fans this holiday message:
What a great way to finish the year in the company of some dear bands and people out in Europe on the X-mass Fests. Napalm now has some amusing new friends in the shape of the young-and-chunky Black Dahlia Murder, and the guys from Finntroll are such darlings, I would take them home to meet my parents...
I hope everyone has a good holiday. I'll be having a good one in the non-religious sense and just enjoying the fact that people-who-would-be-assholes at least attempt to not be assholes for at least, ooh, five days or so. I raise a glass to all you guys and gals who have supported Napalm during this special year, and hope that life gets better for those infinitely less fortunate than me. I hope that the forthcoming year exposes and takes to task those who suppress and take away human rights in the civil and bodily sense. Truly, fuck 'em.
Hopefully you guys will have heard a few select chunks about our forthcoming album "The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code" (street date: April 22). What more can I tell you? Well, it's a ripper - fast, progressive and a nice bit of art-noise. With Jello Biafra, Jamey Jasta and Jeff Carcass along for the ride, we hope it'll take your heads off - or at least get you thinking with them. Cheers.
The band will be performing two shows in England in January 2005, for information click here. Century Media released Napalm Death’s record label debut "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" in Oct. 2004. They followed its release with an extensive North American tour supporting Cannibal Corpse. Look for the band’s new album "The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code" in stores April 22, 2005.
More details unfold about Napalm Death's special show to present their forthcoming album “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” live in Bochum:
UK’s grind-legend will be supported by labelmates Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon. Furthermore, Century Media’s new p&d partner Alveran Records added Belgium’s Do Or Die and Germany’s End Of Days to the billing. Presale for the tickets has already begun, so be sure you get your ticket for EUR 12,00!
Jan. 22 Bochum, D @ Matrix
Both dates will see special shows by Napalm Death focussing on “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” long before it’s release in April 2005.
After the release of their highly acclaimed covers album “Leaders Not Followers: Part 2,” Napalm Death are currently thrashing Europe’s stages on the X-Mass Festivals with Finntroll, Marduk, Vader, The Black Dahlia Murder and Belphegor: More...
Austrian death/black metal act Belphegor will enter Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany on September 13 to begin recording their fifth full-length album, tentatively due in March 2005 through Napalm Records. "The three recording sessions will last 'till the 10th of November," the band write in a newsletter. "In [these] three months (Sept./Oct./Nov.) the group is going to concentrate on their new album 100 percent and, for that matter, will not play any concerts in that period. The new album comes first of all." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Goatreich – Fleshcult", "Crown Massacre", "Anus Dei", "Burn the Cross", "Swarm of Rats", "The Cruzifix", "Seth - Demon of Death", "Fornicationium Et Immundum Diabolus" and "The Stigmatized".
Commented vocalist/guitarist Helmuth: "Again we will break musical rules and borders and you can expect a very special, monumetal high-speed opus with violent twin-guitars and far more leads than on it's predecessor. Through 'Lucifer Incestus' we could learn a lot concerning studio and equipment and this time we gonna use and seize it all. Again we've added a lot of new elements and reached the next level of composition and structure, without sounding less massive. The material we are developing since Dec. '03, has really grown during that time and the speeds/drumtakes are more varied than ever, from 130 beats to 180/210 ('Blutsabbath' and 'Necrodaemon' speeds) up to the typical 220/250 Belphegor speeds, I think this is one of the most outstanding attributes of the still-untitled jewel. Also we got a mighty 190 soundcollage, that even can do without any blastbeat, therefore the hardness and intensity are lethal ...of course, we got a hyper-blastattack at 260 bpm speed at start as well. This album is going to be another strong death/black metal massacre, 'Lucifer Incestus' is the climax of our work so far, but #5 is going to be our 'Reign In Blood', so u demons...be prepared."
Belphegor will embark on a mini-tour with Disastrous Murmur in mid-November, to be followed by their appearance at this year's X-Mass Fest alongside Marduk, Napalm Death, Finntroll, Vader and Black Dahlia Murder. A Brazilian tour is tentatively scheduled to take place in February/March.