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Belphegor

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

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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 Releases Live Music Video

Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor posted a live music video for the title track of the 2008 release "Bondage Goat Zombie." The quality multi-camera video footage was from the special "Supreme Fleisch" show which was recorded, filmed by Roax Media on August 12, 2011.

In October 2011, the band was forced to stop all activities as frontman Helmuth Lehner underwent an undisclosed "serious and difficult operation" concluding the band's South American tour.

Check out the video here:

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System Divide Comments On Killfest 2 Shows

System Divide will return to the U.S. once again for Killfest 2, supporting the mighty Overkill in 2012. Also on the tour are Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, and Diamond Plate. After the Overkill dates finish on May 12th, System Divide will journey north of the border to Canada for a string of dates.

Vocalist Sven DeCaluwe adds, "We couldn’t be more excited to be on this run with Overkill, we just finished a few dates in Europe which was a blast and are currently busy writing new material which we will display on the Overkill run. We had a killer time touring the states this year with Eluveitie and later the Hottest Chicks in hard rock tour with In This Moment and simply can’t want to get back out there, I hope all the people that got to check us out on previous tours will come out and rock out again because frankly, we got quite some surprises for you!! We are truly honored to go out on the road with such legends as Overkill and the rest of the bill is going to blow some minds!"

System Divide's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Apr. 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Apr. 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus, OH
Apr. 24 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Apr. 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
Apr. 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
Apr. 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Apr. 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 30 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 01 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
May 02 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 03 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
May 05 - Emo's East - Austin, TX
May 06 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 08 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 09 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield, VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY

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Overkill Announces American Tour Dates

American thrash metal legends Overkill have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States in April of next year, in what is being dubbed Killfest 2. The veterans will be joined on the trek by Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, System Divide and Diamond Plate.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia PA
April 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse NY
April 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus OH
April 24 - Blondie's - Detroit MI
April 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
April 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City MO
April 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
April 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
April 30 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
May 1 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland OR
May 2 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco CA
May 3 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles CA
May 5 - Emo's East - Austin TX
May 6 - Trees - Dallas TX
May 8 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando FL
May 9 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY

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Headline News

Belphegor Frontman Undergoes "Serious" Operation

Austrian black metal band Belphegor have been forced stop all band activities. Frontman Helmuth Lehner underwent an undisclosed "serious and difficult operation" on concluding the band's South American tour earlier this year. All upcoming live dates through May 2012 have been subsequently cancelled.

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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Belphegor Announces South American Shows

Belphegor's Helmuth has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent European tour dates:

"Well, well, well...over four months full of chaos on the road.. Three monster tours, around 80 shows and some amazing open air festivals. Yes...! Thanks to all the bands for their brotherhood...also hails to Norwin Palme, Rosie, Barth Resch, Mike Lugauer, Rachael Kozak, Bradley + Dyson of Soundwork touring, Mike "Roadwarrior", John/ First Row Talent, Gerardo + Tobe of Nuclear Blast, Hana Montana, Dominik + Günther of Rock The Nation. List is endless. Shouts go out to all die-hard demons we met during the course of the awesome raids, that joined the show, banged, partied with us. All you who bought our merchandise and supported our art. An honor - this horror!"

Serpenth adds: "We make a break now - five weeks and re-load our batteries. We will focus one of our most important Fleisch shows for 2011. Gearing up to obliterate the Party San Open Air Friday August 12th , in Schlotheim/ Germania.A three day celebration of extreme Metal. See you there!"

Belphegor has now also announced the fourth part of the "Blood Magick Necromance" world tour with the following South American tour dates:

02.09. BR Belém - tba
03.09. BR Fortaleza - Club Santa Cruz
04.09. BR Salvador - tba
06.09. BR Curitiba - Hangar Bar
07.09. BR Porto Alegre - Bar Opiniáo
09.09. BR Rio de Janeiro - Esporte Club Mackenzie
10.09. BR Belo Horizonte - Music Hall
11.09. BR Sao Paulo - Carioca Clube
14.09. VE tba - tba
16.09. CO Cali - tba
17.09. CO Medellin - Teatro Alianza Francesa
18.09. CO Bogotá - Teatro La Mama

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Belphegor Concert Footage Posted Online

Footage has been posted online (courtesy of Superskum) of Belphegor performing live in Denver, CO on May 16th, 2011. You can check out performances of "Justine: Soaked in Blood" and "Rise To Fall And Fall To Rise" in the clips below.

Metalunderground.com's review of the band's new album "Blood Magic Necromance" is also available for viewing here, or you can check out a previously uploaded full concert stream from Belphegor's Spokane show at this location.

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Entire Belphegor Concert Posted Online

Belphegor's May 14 concert from The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington has been posted online in its entirety. You can view the footage in the player provided below, courtesy of Livestream.com.

Watch live streaming video from theknitspokane at livestream.com

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Sepultura To Offer Live Stream Of Upcoming Concert

Veterans Sepultura have announced that it will be featuring a live stream of its May 14, 2011 concert appearance at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington. Opening acts Belphegor and Keep of Kalessin will also be taking part in the free online stream. Viewers can access the show at this location starting at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

Sepultura is set to release its new album, titled "Kairos," on July 12, 2011 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's track listing below. More...

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Belphegor Live Footage Posted Online

Quality live footage has been posted online featuring Belphegor performing its track "Bondage Goat Zombie" during a recent tour stop in Montreal, Canada. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Deicide Announces More European Tour Dates

American death metal legends Deicide has announced some additional dates for their forthcoming, "God Is Dead - To Hell With God" European tour, which also includes Belphegor, Hour of Penance and The Amenta.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

June 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival *
June 18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metal Town *
June 23 - Rotterdam /Holland - Baroeg
June 24 - Drachten/ Holland - Iduna
June 25 - London, UK - London Deathfest at the Underworld
June 26 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit
June 27 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
June 28 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
June 29 - Namur, Belgium - Cinex
June 30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
July 1 - Winterhur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
July 2 - Kassel, Germany - Salzmann Factory
July 3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
July 4 - Katowize, Poland - Mega Club **
July 5 - Poznan, Poland - Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
July 6 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
July 7 - Koeln, Germany - Essigfabrik
July 8 - Torgau, Germany - In Flammen Festival
July 9 - Salzburg, Austria - Rock Haus
July 10 - Rossiglione (Genova), Italy - Metal Valley Open Air
July 11 - Bari, Italy - Target Club
July 12 - Pinarella di Cervia (Ravenna), Italy - Rock Planet
July 14 - Tokaj, Hungary - Hegyalja Festival
July 15 - Kosice, Slovakia - Collosseum Club
July 16 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metal Camp*
July 17 - Wuerzburg, Germany - Posthalle **

* Deicide only
** No Belphegor

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Neuraxis Vocalist Checks In From The Road

Alex Leblanc, the vocalist of Montreal, Quebec based death metal outfit Neuraxis has checked in from the band's tour with Deicide and Belphegor with an update on how the trek has been going so far. His message reads as follows:

"The Deicide tour has been going more than great. We knew it would be a good tour for us, but so far, it has exceeded all our expectations. The response from the fans has been amazing. All the bands on this tour are super-friendly and we are having fun every night with all of them. I even drank blood with Helmuth from Belphegor... yeah, it's that crazy!"

Once the band's tour with Deicide has finished, the group will be hitting the road once again to support Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura.

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Nuclear Blast Offering Free Sampler Album

Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a sampler album as a free digital download through Amazon.com. You can download all fifteen tracks from the sampler at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bleed Meshuggah
2. Gateways (Edit) Dimmu Borgir
3. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us (without intro) Hell
4. Deathstar Before the Dawn
5. Empyreal Sylosis
6. A Mi Manera Agnostic Front
7. Hisingen Blues Graveyard
8. The Price Destruction
9. Big Time Game Hunting Condemned?
10. Ukon Wacka (featuring Tuomari Nurmio) Korpiklaani
11. The End Of It All (edit) Sirenia
12. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan Belphegor
13. Sea Of Fate Rhapsody Of Fire
14. Dying For An Angel Avantasia
15. Forsaken At The Gates Forbidden

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Belphegor Cancels Eleven Tour Dates

Blackened death metal act Belphegor has issued that following statement in regards to canceling eleven shows on the band's upcoming tour with Deicide:

"Due to circumstances beyond the band’s control we are being forced to cancel eleven shows, since we were initially not given the green light to enter the country. We were promised that we would be fine two weeks ago, but still all the members were not got their stuff. We all tried everything to make it happen, so it’s a terrible situation. We were waiting, sharp and ready to rumble and kick serious ass, but couldn’t do anything.

"The USA immigration forms are approved so now we have new visa interviews at the USA embassy in Vienna at the beginning of next week. Now we have re-schedule the flights to make it happen. We will now start the tour in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s on the 26th. We want to apologize to the demons and everyone who's bought a ticket to see us tear the stage with Deicide. See you in Chicago!”

Belphegor will be direct support to Deicide on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour” this February. The trek is sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features Blackguard, Neuraxis, and Pathology. Tour dates are as follows:

02/26/11 Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, IL
02/27/11 Blondie's - Detroit, MI
02/28/11 Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
03/01/11 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
03/02/11 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
03/04/11 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
03/05/11 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
03/06/11 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
03/07/11 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
03/08/11 The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
03/09/11 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
03/10/11 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
03/11/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
03/12/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
03/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX
03/15/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL More...

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OpEd

Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.

Humorous

Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:

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The Amenta Added To Deicide Tour

Sydney, Australia based extreme metal act The Amenta will join Deicide, Belphegor, and Hour Of Penance for the "To Hell With God, God Is Dead" European Tour. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be added soon:

17 June - Copenhagen / Denmark @ Copenhell Festival*
18 June – Gothenburg / Sweden @ Metal Town*
23 June – Rotterdam /Holland @ Baroeg
24 June – Drachten/ Holland @ Iduna
25 June – London / UK @ London Deathfest at the Underworld
26 June – Plymouth / UK @ The White Rabbit
27 June – Liverpool / UK @ The Masque
28 June – Nottingham / UK @ Rescue Rooms
29 June – Namur / Belgium @ Cinex
30 June – Lyon / France @ Ninkasi Kao
01 July – Winterhur / Switzerland @ Gaswerk
02 July – Kassel / Germany @ Salzmann Factory
03 July – Prague / Czech Republic @ Exit Chmelnice
04 July – Katowize / Poland @ Mega Club^
05 July – Poznan / Poland @ Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
06 July – Bremen / Germany @ Tivoli
07 July – Koeln / Germany @ Essigfabrik
08 July – Torgau / Germany @ In Flammen Festival

*Deicide only
^No Belphegor

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Belphegor Announces Chart Positions For New Album

Austrian blackened death metallers Belphegor released their latest album "Blood Magick Necromance" on January 14th, 2011. The band recently announced the new album landed at position #17 on the Finnish album charts.

Belphegor has now announced that "Blood Magick Necromance" has hit position #39 in Austria and position #97 in Germany. You can also check out Belphegor's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Belphegor Enters Finnish Charts

Austrian blackened death metal outfit Belphegor has entered the Finnish album charts with the band's latest studio album, "Blood Magick Necromance." The record debuted at number seventeen. The album is available everywhere in Europe in CD, vinyl, and digital download editions. The album is set for release on February 8th in the U.S.

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the album here and our latest interview with front man Helmuth at this location.

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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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OpEd

The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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