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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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Metallysee Booking Agency Explains Cancellations

Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:

"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.

"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.

"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.

"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.

"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.

"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).

"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.

"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.

"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."

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Belphegor Update Upcoming Tour Itinerary

Austrian black metallers BELPHEGOR have updated their current tour schedule as follows:

June
8 - Gahlen, Germany - Moscht Festival
16 - Schweinfurt, Germany - Queens Of Metal Open Air
18 - Glasgow, UK - Soundhaus (with Vader)
19 - London, UK - The Purple Turtle (with Vader)
20 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - W2 (with Vader)
21 - Thionville, France - National Music Fest
22 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Open Air
24 - Trier, Germany - Exhaus (with Vader)

August
4 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
10 - Svojsice U Prelouce, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault Open Air
11 - Bad Berka, Germany - Party San Open Air
24 - Bergen, Norway - Hole In The Sky Festival
17 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
18 - Mexico - tba
19 - Mexico - tba

September (Pestapokalypse VI Pt. VI Over Brazil with GORGOROTH)
13 - Campinas, Brazil - Hammer Rock Bar
14 - São Paulo/, Brazil - Hangar 110
15 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - MG Lapa Multishow
16 - Rio de Janeiro/, Brazil - tba
17 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - RS Bar Opinião

October
13 - Bucharest, Romania - Hatework Festival

November
24 - Leuven, Belgium - Lido

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Six Feet Under and Malevolent Creation Cancel Tour

SIX FEET UNDER’s previously announced tour with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR has been cancelled. The band is expected to tour later this year, while MALEVOLENT CREATION are looking at other touring options.

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SFU and Malevolent Creation Release More Dates

More dates have been released for SIX FEET UNDER’s North American tour this Summer with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR:

June 15 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 29 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
July 1 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
July 3 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

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Drummer Tony Laureano To Tour With Belphegor

Drummer Tony Laureano (NILE, ANGELCORPSE, DIMMU BORGIR) will sit behind the kit for Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR this summer. First up is a European tour with UNLEASHED as well as a festival date. After that, there is a U.S. trek with SIX FEET UNDER, MALEVOLENT CREATION and others that will take place from the middle of June to the middle of July.

For more information, visit www.belphegor.at.

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SFU and Malevolent Creation Announce More Dates

More dates have been released for SIX FEET UNDER’s North American tour this Summer with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR:

June 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 1 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

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Sahg Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, who feature in their ranks members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE, have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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SFU and Malevolent Creation to Tour North American

SIX FEET UNDER will be embarking on a North American tour this Summer with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR. The first date to be released is as follows:

June 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Belphegor Seeks New Drummer

Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has issued the following update:

"BELPHEGOR needs a new drummer! ...again! The last one didn't work out when it came to worldwide touring, so we're still looking for a talented drummer, for somebody with a professional attitude and focus to be in the band for real. If you think you have a shot, send us a detailed message/photo/mp3 and hit us up at: belphegor@aon.at."

Commented vocalist/guitarist Helmuth: "First off, please realize that it will have no effect at all on our activities, touring and plans. The core is solid and ready to kick some serious ass. Of course it's irritating to always have new drummers, it's really hard to find dedicated musicians who are willing to work. It is and always was the masterplan of BELPHEGOR to grow as musicians and heighten the intensity/dynamics. Still, it doesn't affect our way of working, as Sigurd and me always were/are responsible for all the music, lyrics and concepts for BELPHEGOR. On the contrary, that allowed us to surpass BELPHEGOR every time — because of the fresh blood in the band, you know — through the hiring of better musicians. I always consider that as a challange to push the BELPHEGOR forward — stagnation means death!"

For more information, visit www.belphegor.at.

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Marduk and Devilish Impressions To Tour Russia

MARDUK and DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS have announced "Sword In The East Tour 2007" dates. At Moscow's show Devilish Impressions will play with MARDUK, DARK FUNERAL and BELPHEGOR.

The MARDUK, DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS tour dates are as follows:

04.04.07 - Minsk (Belarus) "Arena"
05.04.07 - Kiev (Ukraine) "DK Svjatoshin"
08.04.07 - St-Petersburg (Russia) "Orlandina"
10.04.07 - Krasnodar (Russia) "Orbita"
11.04.07 - Rostov-on-Don (Russia) "Podzemka"
13.04.07 - Rjazan (Russia) "Planetary"
14.04.07 - Moscow (Russia) "Tochka" * with MARDUK, DARK FUNERAL, BELPHEGOR

"We've previously informed that on that tour we will be supported by S.Winter on drums (Aeternus; ex-Gehenna, ex-Forlorn) but due to unpredictable circumstances, namely visas problem, we've had to change the line-up again. It is official now that the drums will be taken over by Cloud of Polish technical death metal bands - Sceptic and Thy Disease" (Quazarre)

Devilish Impressions finally got their page on myspace.com, which you can check out here.

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Unleashed To Tour Europe with Belphegor

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED will be heading back out in Europe for the Midvinterblot European Tour Part II. The tour, with support from BELPHEGOR (on the entire tour), KATAKLYSM (May 15th-25th) and ARKHON INFAUSTUS (May 26th - June 2nd) will start May 12th, 2007 in Dublin Ireland and end June 2nd, 2007 in Holland.

According to an update, "Unleashed are really looking forward to see their European warriors again."

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Belphegor Announce Fill-In Drummer and Tour

Lille Gruber of Defeated Sanity has has announced that he will be filling in on drums for Belphegor on the band's upcoming North American tour with Unleashed and Krisiun. Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows: More...

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Belphegor Post Video Online

Belphegor have posted the video for the song entitled "Bluhtsturm Erotika" on their Myspace page.

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.

More details as they become available.

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Belphegor Confirmed for HellFlame Festival

Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has been confirmed for the Hellflame Festival, set to take place on September 8 at N8 in Osnabrück, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

GORGOROTH
DESTRUCTION
SECRETS OF THE MOON
BELPHEGOR
GRAVE
BENEDICTION

In other news, BELPHEGOR has scheduled two dates in Russia in April. The details are as follows:

Apr. 13 - Port Club - St. Petersburg, RUS
Apr. 14 - Tochka Club – Moscow, RUS

BELPHEGOR's video for the song "Bluhtsturm Erotika" — produced and directed by Florian Werner — has been posted online at Belphegor.at. The song comes off the group's new album, "Pestapokalypse VI", which was released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

BELPHEGOR recently took part in Glenn Danzig's Blackest of the Black Tour, which was revived last month for a two-week West Coast run. Also appearing on the bill were DANZIG, LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED and ASESINO.

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Cristina Scabbia Talks About The Jagermeister Tour

LACUNA COIL will embark on the latest installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour this spring alongside Stone Sour and Shadows Fall. The trek, which kicks off on March 23rd and runs through early May, is the group's fourth U.S. run in support of their Karmacode album. They will be swapping out the direct support slot with Shadows Fall in certain markets, so please see the tour section for the itinerary and full breakdown.

"It's about time!" says Scabbia about being part of the Jager Tour. "It'll be a blast, and you guys can't miss it cause it's going to be the tour of the year! See you all there... spread the word...and horns up, my friends."

The tour also coincides with the launch of their new single for the track "Within Me." This is the fourth single from Karmacode, and a new video for the track will be shot in Italy early next month.

LACUNA COIL wrapped up 2006 with a U.S. tour as direct support to In Flames with The Sword and Seemless in the support slots. This was preceded by a highly successful run on the annual Blackest of the Black tour alongside the legendary Danzig, labelmates The Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino. Other numerous highlights of this past year included a main stage Ozzfest slot, a sold-out tour with Rob Zombie, a performance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live and a Top 30 Active Rock hit single, "Our Truth."

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More Additions To Party.San Open Air

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RED HARVEST and GRAVE have been confirmed for have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Swallow The Sun Added To Wacken Open Air Bill

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Belphegor Still Searching For New Drummer

Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit Belphegor are still looking for a talented replacement for drummer Nefastus. Everybody who is interested and fits the requirements may contact the band`s management at belphegor@aon.at , www.belphegor.at or www.myspace.com/belphegor.

Requirements:
Preferably from Germany, Austria or Switzerland
You are at least 22 years of age and have stage experience
You are absolutely tight and you can play with click - in the rehearsal room, live and in the studio

Belphegor will embark on their U.S. tour with Unleashed and Krisiun on February 7th, 2007.

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