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Belphegor

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

Latest Belphegor News

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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 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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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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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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Belphegor Streaming Song From New Album

Austrian blackened death metallers Belphegor have teamed up with Decibel Magazine’s online blog to debut the title track off the band’s upcoming album "Blood Magick Necromance." The song is available for streaming at this location.

"Blood Magick Necromance," Belphegor’s ninth studio album, will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America. The album was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) at his Abyss Studios (Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy, Dark Funeral, etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. Album artwork was designed by Austrian artist Joachim Luetke.

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Belphegor Reveals Special Edition Details

Austrian extreme metal act Belphegor has revealed details for the special edition versions of its forthcoming full length album "Blood Magick Necromance." "Blood Magick Necromance" will be released in four different formats including a limited edition in black slipcase, a strictly limited Nuclear Blast mail-order box set, including a bondage necklace and chain (500 hand-numbered copies available), a limited picture gatefold LP on blood-red vinyl/black vinyl and a standard jewel case CD. The album is scheduled for release on January 14, 2011 in Europe and on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast Records.

Here is the "Blood Magick Necromance" tracklisting:
1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise To Fall And Fall To Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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The Black Dahlia Murder Confirms Festival Date

American death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder has confirmed that it will be appearing at the Austrian edition of Metalfest 2011, set to take place between May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2011. The event will be taking place at Mining am Inn, Austria.

The confirmed line-up includes:

AMON AMARTH
SABATON
CRADLE OF FILTH
ARCH ENEMY
WINTERSUN
SAXON
AMORPHIS
EQUILIBRIUM
ENTOMBED
SODOM
WATAIN
PRIMORDIAL
RAGE
EISREGEN
DESTRUCTION
ARKONA
BELPHEGOR
SUICIDAL ANGELS
KALMAH
MERCENARY
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
SECRETS OF THE MOON
KRISIUN
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
THAUROROD
KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI
ALCEST
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER
NEAERA

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Belphegor Posts New Music Video

Austrian blackened death metal band Belphegor has premiered the new music video online for the song "Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan" through Bloody-Disgusting.com. You can check out the video clip at this location. The track is off the new album "Blood Magick Necromance," which will be released on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise to Fall and Fall to Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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Belphegor Posts Music Video Trailer

Belphegor has posted a trailer for the upcoming "Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan" music video through Bloody-Disgusting.com. You can check out the trailer here. The clip was shot and edited this past October by director Alexander Koenig in Abtenau, Austria. Keeping with the concept of the forthcoming "Blood Magick Necromance" album, the crew went through over 60 liters of blood within two nights of shooting.

Bassist Serpenth states: “The clip aims to strip down the viewer's psyche with an onslaught of sadistic sex, musick and magick. The ritual action caught on tape was also inspired in part by the world famous works of Viennese Actionists such as Hermann Nitsch and Gunter Brus. Rachael Kozak took over the role of the possessed Sukkubus. As Pro-Domina she was perfect and totally into the role. The blood cut deeper than any drug. The process of such an intense shoot served as a cathartic experience for all involved, making what went on behind the scenes just as important as the final outcome of the visuals."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise to Fall and Fall to Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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Belphegor Posts New Song Online

Austrian blackened death metal act Belphegor has posted the first single from its forthcoming studio album online. The song, titled "Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan," is available for streaming and will be included on the "Blood Magick Necromance" album. "Blood Magick Necromance" is set for release on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast Records. You can stream the new song at this location.

Here is the "Blood Magick Necromance" tracklisting:
1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise To Fall And Fall To Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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Neuraxis To Tour With Sepultura

Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura will return to North America for a headlining tour next April/May in support of the band's upcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut. Joining them will be Belphegor, Keep of Kalessin, Hate, Neuraxis, and Bonded By Blood. Starting May 23rd, Seattle's Nevermore will replace Belphegor to finish out the tour.

"We are very happy to play once again in the U.S., especially after a long time away from the American and Canadian stages," commented Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser. "We're also excited to start working with our new label, Nuclear Blast. They have a rich history in the heavy music business and we are honored to have such a partner.

"We are currently working on a new record, that will be released together with the American dates, so it will be our first tour for the new album. Hope to see you all at the shows! We will play the whole history of the group and we're going have a blast! See you on the Sepultour 2011!"

Confirmed North American shows for 2011 are as follows: More...

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Sepultura Announces North American Tour

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour across North America next April in support of their forthcoming new studio album, which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records next year. Joining them on the tour will be Belphegor, Keep Of Kalessin, Hate and Bonded By Blood, though as of May 23rd, Belphegor will be replaced by Nevermore.

"We are very happy to play once again in the US, especially after a long time away from the American and Canadian stages,” commented guitarist Andreas Kisser. “We’re also excited to start working with our new label Nuclear Blast. They have a rich history in the heavy music business and we are honored to have such a partner. We are currently working on a new record, that will be released together with the American dates, so it will be our first tour for the new album. Hope to see you all at the shows! We will play the whole history of the group and we’re going have a blast! See you on the Sepultour 2011!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Belphegor Posts New Album Studio Trailer

Belphegor is set to release the new album "Blood Magick Necromance" on January 14th in Europe and February 8th in the US through Nuclear Blast Records. The band has posted a studio trailer online from the recording of the album, which can be viewed below.

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Gorgoroth Comments On Christmas European Tour

Gorgoroth has issued the following update about the band's "Blackfest Over X-Mass" European tour alongside Belphegor and Impiety:

"After having completed the 2nd leg of the 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' tour in November, Gorgoroth will return to Continental Europe at the end of December 2010 for 'Blackfest Over X-Mass 2010,' an unholy five concert tour of Germany and Austria with Belphegor and Impiety. The tour will take place in the period of 26.12.10-30.12.10. These are the only five Gorgoroth concerts to take place during the end of December 2010/beginning of January 2011."

The dates are as follows:

26.12.2010 - Germany, Essen @ Turock
27.12.2010 - Germany, Berlin @ C-Club
28.12.2010 - Germany, Leipzig @ Theater-Fabrik-Sachsen
29.12.2010 - Austria, Vienna @ Szene
30.12.2010 - Germany, Augsburg @ Kantine

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Gorgoroth Announces New European Tour Dates

As previously announced, Gorgoroth will be on the road on November 20th for the 2nd leg of the “Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt” European tour, with Cavus and Noctem as support bands.

The tour schedule is:

20.11.2010 – Czech Republic, Prague @ Meet Factory
21.11.2010 – Slovakia, Bratislava @ Majestic Music Club
22.11.2010 – Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Gala Hala, Metelkova
23.11.2010 – Italy, Schio (Vicenza) @ Mac 2
24.11.2010 – Switzerland, Bulle @ Ebullition
25.11.2010 – France, Caen @ Le Cargö
26.11.2010 – Belgium, Brugge @ Magdalenazaal
27.11.2010 – UK, Derby @ Redemption

The band will also return to continental Europe at the end of the year for a 7-date “Blackfest Over X-Mass 2010? festival tour with Belphegor and Impiety. This tour will start on 26.12.2010 and continue into 2011, with the final date taking place on New Year’s Day. The complete list of shows is as follows:

26.12.2010 – Germany, Essen @ Turock
27.12.2010 – Germany, Berlin @ C-Club
28.12.2010 – Germany, Leipzig @ Theater-Fabrik-Sachsen
29.12.2010 – Austria, Vienna @ Szene
30.12.2010 – Germany, Augsburg @ Kantine
31.12.2010 – Switzerland, Zizers @ Event Stage
01.01.2011 – Italy, Pinarella di Cervia @ Rockplanet

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Kivimetsan Druidi Confirmed For Metalfest Open Air

The 2011 edition of the Metalfest Open Air Germany is set to take place on May 27th - 29th, 2011. Finnish metal act Kivimetsan Druidi is the latest act to be confirmed for the festival. Additional details on the Metalfest can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Sabaton, Cradle of Filth, Arch Enemy, Sodom, Watain, Belphegor, Kalmah, and more.

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