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Formed: 1991
From: Puch, Austria
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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 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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Belphegor Pushes Back Album Release

Belphegor's upcoming, as-yet-untitled album has been pushed back for a worldwide release in early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. Founding member, guitarist, and vocalist Helmuth Lehner states:

“Drums, Bass and Guitars are all tracked. It sounds brutal, more aggressive and more Death than what was heard on the last LPs. The soundwall is massive - just as expected. Thanks to Erik Rutan for the extra motivation and forcing us to nail down tight as fukk performances.

"Furthermore I am set to lay down the vocals in June/July, the mixdown and mastering will be done in September. A tough call, but it was the best for the record to decide to delay the release date again, to unleash the album in early 2014. Be prepared for Diabolical Death Musick!”

Some of the song titles to be announced so far include "Gasmask Terror," "Rex Tremendae Majestatis," "Take Her, Lucifer!" and "The Inverted Cross." A teaser trailer will be released in April. More...

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Belphegor And Hell Confirmed For Bloodstock

The Bloodstock 2013 festival will take place August 8th - 11, with full details available at this location. The organizers of the fest have issued the following announcement about confirming two new bands:

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of occult metal overlords, Hell and Austrian death/black metallers, Belphegor to the 2013 bill. Belphegor are celebrating their 20 year anniversary this year and readying the release of their tenth studio album this summer, via Nuclear Blast. Take a peek at what’s been going on in the studio video below, and Bloodstock 2013 will be the first place you can hear some new material live."

Belphegor’s Helmuth states: “To bomb the UK is always a pleasure for Belphegor. We will celebrate Diabolical Death Musick, and visualize it with a special 20 year anniversary show, full of bones, flesh and blood! At the start of August, our new as-yet-untitled album will be released. The troupe can’t wait to premiere two of these tracks at Bloodstock. An honour - this horror!” More...

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Darkend To Play Steelfest 2013

After closing the year with a performance at Germany's Satans Convention alongside Taake and Inquisition, Italian obscure horror metallers Darkend have just been confirmed for the Steelfest Open Air 2013.

The extreme metal festival will take place in Hyvinkää, Finland on May 24th - 25th featuring Mayhem, Sodom, Destruction, Belphegor, Tsjuder, and more.

Further details can be found at the festival's Facebook profile here. You can also check out footage of Darkend performing below. More...

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Belphegor Recruits Seth Of Septicflesh For Artwork

Belphegor has commissioned Greek artist Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh) for the band's new album artwork. Seth has already started working on the cover art and he comments:

"It will be a great challenge creating the artwork for Belphegor's new masterpiece. My mission is clear, creating the most disturbing artwork I have ever made!"

Belphegor's Helmuth comments: "It’s good to have Seth recruited again. He did the 'PESTAPOKALYPSE VI' graphics back in 2006. The lyrical content deals with blasphemy, exorcism, and blackest romantic. He´s the perfect choice for the atmosphere we are looking for."

The currently untitled album has been pushed back to August 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records, worldwide. This new album will follow previous release "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here).

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Belphegor Issues Album Update

The third and last recording sessions for Belphegor's upcoming new album will take place from November 29th until December 14th at Mana Studios, where front man Helmuth will finish all vocals, overdubs, and the leads.

Expect three trailers from the guitar and vocal sessions coming to you within the next months. Helmuth also commented:

"Just returned from Leeds where we nuked the ingenious Damnation Festival. England is always a pleasure to shred. This time was no exception: what a brutal crowd it was...

"I already tracked the four rhythm guitars at Mana Studios in Florida. This album is gonna be brutal, way more Death Metal blasphemy than the last records. The nine sound collages will reveal a new dimension of chaos, with the uttermost aggressive soundwall possible.

"Its fantastic to work with Erik, this dude is really challenging, to give the best...cause you demons deserve it."

The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled for a worldwide release in March 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. This new album will follow previous release "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here).

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Belphegor Posts Studio Trailer

Blasphemous death/black act Belphegor has released the first studio report from the as-yet-untitled upcoming album, which will be unleashed by Nuclear Blast records in March 2013. This new album follows previous release "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here).

Bass guitar and drums for the album are now tracked. The trailer, available below, provides a glimpse into the recording process at Mana studios, in Tampa, Florida. Erik Rutan is producing the tenth Belphegor album and further details will be announced in the near future. More...

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Belphegor Cancels Barge To Hell Appearance

Belphegor's Helmuth has issued the following statement online about the band canceling its previously announced appearance on the Barge to Hell cruise:

"I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise.

"Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick - full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art.

"I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year's editions. In hell we burn!!!"

The Barge to Hell will set sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas. In other Belphegor news, the band is currently planning special shows for its 20th anniversary. Details will be announced as they are made available.

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Belphegor Announces 20th Anniversary Plans

Diabolical blackened death metal titans Belphegor have announced special shows for their 20th anniversary in 2013. Belphegor's Helmuth comments:

“20 years full of chaos and diabolical musick. Yes...seemingly unreal! After fighting for ten months to get my life back, it feels amazing to be able to create the new sound collages coming to you next March! Next year we are planning some of our most crushing stage rituals to appease the demons worldwide. Really looking forward to these special anniversary shows in 2013. We're on fire. An honour - this horror!”

Further details on the run are to be given in the near future. Belphegor is also currently working ona new album that will follow previous release "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). Rehearsal video from the album is available at this location.

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Belphegor Recruiting Session Vocalist

Front man Helmuth of Austrian act Belphegor recently experienced severe health issues and will not be appearing at the upcoming Extremefest shows while he continues to recover. The band has now announced a session vocalist will be recruited for the appearances.

Helmuth comments: "Ave demons! Since I'm not fully recovered, I can't do vocals at these festival shows. Bloodbrother Barth will handle the vocal duties til I am able to do the vox again and give 100 percent. He's our man behind the curtain since 1998. He knows exactly how we roll. Be prepared..."

Belphegor is also currently in the process of working on a new album and follow-up to "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). Footage of the band rehearsing the new material is also available at this location.

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Belphegor Posts "Chapter X" Rehearsal Video

Austrian black metal band Belphegor posted up rehearsal video footage entitled "Chapter X." The footage was shot in June a few days before the band entered Mana Studios in Florida to record the bass guitars and drums with producer Erik Rutan. According to the band, "this rehearsal trailer will give you a first glimpse of the sickness yet to be unleashed." All announced titles for the forthcoming new LP are working titles. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records, however, the date of the release was pushed back to March 2013.

This is the first release since frontman Helmuth Lehner was diagnosed with typhus from the drinking water in Brazil during the band's tour in 2011. The condition forced the band to cease all activities while Lehner received extensive medical treatment and physical therapy.

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Belphegor's Helmuth Discusses Health Problems

Belphegor is currently working with Erik Rutan on a new album and follow-up to "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). As work on the album progresses, vocalist Helmuth recently conducted an interview with Metal Sucks to discuss his recent health issues. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Metal Sucks: How are you feeling?

Helmuth: Way better than a few months ago. I am recovering, slowly. It’s getting better each month.

Metal Sucks: I know you had to cancel some tour dates due to a lung infection back in the fall but what was the extent of your illness? What were you struggling with?

Helmuth: I had to cancel all shows and tours for the last nine months. It wasn’t a winning situation. Seriously, I never expected anything like this. Who does? It’s like a punch in the face. I got a typhus infection in Brazil. I guess it was from drinking water from the sink. What are you going to do when you wake up in the morning after hard drinking and have a raging hangover? Yes, I know, not very smart in the end. I was not vaccinated against typhus. The virus killed my lungs. As we toured Brazil, I didn’t know what was going on. I thought day by day it would get better. On the contrary, it got worse. Breathing was difficult. The last shows were tough, full of pain, vomiting and fever. But we played the last two shows with Morbid Angel. Hey, you can’t say “no, we’re cancelling.”

Read the full article at Metal Sucks.

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