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Austrian extreme metallers BELPHEGOR have been confirmed for this year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
AT THE GATES
BORN FROM PAIN
CULT OF LUNA
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
SICK OF IT ALL
THE OLD DEAD TREE
BELPHEGOR recently entered Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany to begin recording their new album for an April 11, 2008 European release via Nuclear Blast Records (April 15 in North America). The follow-up to 2006's "Pestapokalypse VI" is being recorded in three separate sessions lasting through the middle of January 2008.
BELPHEGOR recently completed a European tour with SIX FEET UNDER, NILE and FINNTROLL.
UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.
Austrian black metallers BELPHEGOR check in with the following message from frontman Helmuth:
"Brachial as fukk demons. I entered the studio last Tuesday, and since that day we (have been) working on the new Werk with producer Andy Classen. Listen, the recording process so far has been absolutely amazing, I'm very proud of the result and everyone knows what to expect from Belphegor.
The hyperblasting drums, Serpenths tight bass and the four rhythm guitars have been finished already in the first session. So what can I say, this 9 soundcollages will be once again a proof of the most extreme metal musicals which I've created till yet.
My whole motivation and energy is high on blood and boils over.
Again I tried a few new song structures/ arrangements, try hard to reach the next level in terms of sound, musicianship and intensity. In this session all the overdubs/ melodies will be finished and the first leads and vocals are recorded.
I'm totally blown away by the evil atmosphere, the yet untitled death monster slowly gets a grim face. Even some choirs/ effects, acoustic guitars and sick samples will be added here and there... be prepared!
Belphegor's new album is scheduled for a European release on April 11th, US on April 15th, via Nuclear Blast Records.
RATT has been confirmed to play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands will be announced very soon.
This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.
First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com.
For more info about the festival, visit the official website www.brmusic.net.
Austrian black metallers BELPHEGOR check in with the following message:
"The band just got back home from the Metalfest tour, which without doubt was the most successful European trek so far. This brutal trip was a triumph for Belphegor in all senses."
"Playing in front of packed venues was a perfect ending for the successful year 2007."
"Belphegor would like to thank all European fans for showing up early to the shows, the great response and sharing a great time with us. Thank you!!!" More...
Las Vegas-based hard rockers SLAUGHTER are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe, Spain (11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.
More dates have been released for the “Lucifer Over America Tour 2008” featuring ROTTING CHRIST, IMMOLATION, BELPHEGOR, and AVERSE SEFIRA:
February 4 - Charlote, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
February 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 6 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 7 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
February 8 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 9 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place
February 10 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
February 12 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
February 13 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
February 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
February 15 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 16 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
February 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
February 21 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
February 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
February 23 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
February 24 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
February 25 - Mexicali, MEX @ El Jardin del SIlencio Extreme
February 26 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
February 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
February 29 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
March 1 - Mc Allen, TX @ Cine El Rey
March 2 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.
Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.
TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.
Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.
The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
AMORPHIS, SODOM and UNLEASHED are among the confirmed bands for the Zagreb Metal Fest, set to take place May 30, 2008 at the Boogaloo Club in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the first metal festival of this kind in Croatia and it is expected to grow in the coming years.
The final festival billing is as follows:
Pre-sale will start on December 15, 2007.
Greek melodic death metallers Rotting Christ will be embarking on an American tour in early 2008, entitled 'Lucifer Over America 2008'. Immolation, Belphegor, and Averse Sefira as set as support for the duration of the trek. The dates are as follows:
04 Feb 2008 USA Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
05 Feb 2008 USA West Springfield, VA Jaxx
06 Feb 2008 USA Hartford, CT Webster Theater
07 Feb 2008 USA Rochester, NY Penny Arcade
08 Feb 2008 USA Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
09 Feb 2008 USA Bedford, NH Mark’s place
10 Feb 2008 USA New York City, NY B.B. Kings Blues Club
11 Feb 2008 USA Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
12 Feb 2008 USA Detroit, MI I-Rock
13 Feb 2008 USA Huntington, WV Huntington Music Hall
14 Feb 2008 USA Nashville, TN The Muse
15 Feb 2008 USA Mokena, III The Pearl room
16 Feb 2008 USA Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
19 Feb 2008 USA Seattle, WA El Corazon
20 Feb 2008 USA Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
21 Feb 2008 USA Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
22 Feb 2008 USA Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theater
23 Feb 2008 USA San Marcos, CA Jumping Tartle
24 Feb 2008 USA West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
25 Feb 2008 MEX Mexicali El Jardin del Silencio Extreme Rock Bar
26 Feb 2008 USA Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater
27 Feb 2008 USA Tempe, AZ The Sets
28 Feb 2008 USA Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
29 Feb 2008 USA San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
01 Mar 2008 USA Mc Allen, TX Cine El Rey
02 Mar 2008 USA Houston, TX Meridian
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
Austrian extreme metallers BELPHEGOR will enter Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany on Friday, November 9 to begin recording their new album for an April 11, 2008 European release via Nuclear Blast Records (April 15 in North America). The follow-up to 2006's "Pestapokalypse VI" will be recorded in three separate sessions lasting through the middle of January 2008.
Commented BLEPHEGOR's Helmuth: "Yeah it's true, since six weeks we've been working our asses off in the rehearsal room and we're already in the pre-production phase. I started the songwriting in May 2006 and directly after the Brazilian tour in September I've bunkered myself with Serpenth and session drummer Torturer into our rehearsal room. Since then we're 100% concentrated in the songwriting process, worked night and day extremely hard on the new tracks. Most of the nine compositions/arrangements is almost finished."
He added, "I'm so motivated and it feels extremely good to be creative again. This album is the next logical chapter for the bands development. For me that is not just another moderate CD — I would go into the deepest fire and give my last drop of blood for this Werk. More shredding, more cold melodies, more dynamics, more epic harmonies, more cyper-blastbeat-terror... the freakiest, wildest BELPHEGOR opera concerning guitars. Lemme tell you, the nine soundcollages sound huge, it's fucking TNT... you know it's BELPHEGOR."
Episode 13 has been confirmed for the Hatework Festival which will take place in Bucharest / Romania on October 12-13. The billing is as follows :
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
SIX FEET UNDER will join forces with NILE, FINNTROLL and BELPHEGOR for a European tour this coming fall. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
Nov. 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z 7
Nov. 30 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Stadthalle
Dec. 1 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Dec. 2 - Lindau, Germany - Vaudeville
Dec. 3 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Dec. 4 - Paris, France - Locomotive
Dec. 5 - Saarbruecken, Germany - Garage
Dec. 6 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
Dec. 7 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Dec. 8 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
Dec. 9 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Dec. 10 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Dec. 11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Dec. 12 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Dec. 13 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
Dec. 14 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
Dec. 15 - Werl, Germany - Stadthalle (Satans Convention)
Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have scheduled the following South American tour dates:
Sep. 13 - Campinas, Brazil - Hammer Rock Bar *
Sep. 14 - São Paulo, Brazil - Hangar 110*
Sep. 15 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - MG Lapa Multishow *
Sep. 16 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - [to be announced]
Sep. 17 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Bar Opinião *
Sep. 19 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - [to be announced]
Sep. 20 - Santiago, Chile - [to be announced]
Sep. 22 - Colômbia, Bogotá - [to be announced]
Sep. 23 - Venezuela, Maracaibo - Centro Alianza
Sep. 25 - Equador, Quito - La Cantina
* With BELPHEGOR More...
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."
Austrian black metallers BELPHEGOR have updated their current tour schedule as follows:
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)
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
13 - Bucharest, Romania - Hatework Festival
24 - Leuven, Belgium - Lido
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.
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