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Belphegor's Helmuth Talks Blood, Magick, And Necromantic Love

It's been more than a year since our last chat with vocalist Helmuth of Belphegor, and in that time the band has since finished another album filled to the brim with blood, sex, and magic. The latest act of blasphemy from the Austrian band, titled "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here), is already out in Europe and hits stores in North America on February 8th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. Helmuth spoke with Metalunderground.com again to explain the recording of the depraved album and the shooting of recently released video, which has all the gore and Satanic themes a fan of the blackened death metal act could ever want.

xFiruath: Tell me about the new album “Blood Magick Necromance.” What’s different from the last one and what specific theme does the album have?

Helmuth: On “Blood Magick Necromance” there are a lot of new elements and structures added to explore our chaotic sound and take it to the next level. More shredding, more magick, more of everything. And you hear a lot of classical influences on the new long player, from ingenious composers such as Mozart, Bach, Brahms, etc. We also added for the first time some haunting majestic orchestrations, to make all the more intense and get a cold ritualistic atmosphere. “Blood Magick Necromance” is a very dangerous and magnificent Belphegor album. Exactly how we wanted to sound in 2011. Lyrical-wise we drew from many magickal currents which deal with necromantic death pacts, prophesy, and sadism for “Blood Magick Necromance.” Of course there is the elements of the devil, and the occult, also a strong Anti-Christian sentiment, with tendencies to Nihilisms.

xFiruath: Where did you record “Blood Magick Necromance?”

Helmuth: This time we recorded in Sweden, in the Abyss studio with Peter Tägtgren, an honor this horror. The sound wall is massive and fits perfect to the new Belphegor album. He is experienced and motivated us to give a lot of extra energy. We recorded five weeks, divided into 4 sessions, so everything could grow and you get the best result. I mean, it is always a pleasure, a challenge to try something new, its important you know, or see our music from another perspective though. I’m blown away by the brilliant sound wall. It’s Belphegor to the highest, more heavy and epic than ever, that was the master plan as we started with the song writing and rehearsals.

xFiruath: Who handled the artwork for the album and what theme were you going for?

Helmuth: Originally we had a different cover which featured a raw necro visage of the video Sukkubus. But we had major problems with what the distribution would take. It was too extreme for the mass market sheep. In the end, we decided on using more of a demoness suiting our previous albums. The archetype Baphomet is known to be a hermaphrodite - with both the tits and the phallus. Belphegor as well can come as a man or a women. We are playing with this symbolism, without losing the main Belphegor themes. Joachim Luetke and Helmut Wolech (fetish photographer, ex - mortician) did a fantastic job with all of the artwork and it holds true to our aesthetic. But the music always comes first and dominates everything.

xFiruath: Where did you record the video for “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan” and what did you think of the finished product?

Helmuth: The visuals were inspired by other Austrian artists, namely the Viennese Actionists, such as Gunter Brus and Hermann Nitsch, which is obvious whilst viewing the video to the track. We decided for an archaic, disgusting low budget production. The diehard metal front will love it, while moralizers will be offended, just perfect you know. The crew went through over 60 liters of fresh blood within two nights of shooting. An onslaught of sadistic sex, music, and magick. An honor this horror.

xFiruath: How were your Christmas tour dates with Gorgoroth and your tour with Emancer earlier last year?

Helmuth: Yeah, fuck Christmas, crush the holy spirit. This is the second time that we´ve toured with Gorgoroth, always good to meet Infernus and his troupe, there was also Impiety on the bill, an ultra brutal tour package. Lots of good memories stuck in my head.

xFiruath: What festivals and tour dates does Belphegor have set up for the near future?

Helmuth: The master plan is now nonstop touring, worldwide. We start in the U.S.A. and Canada with Deicide, than again with Sepultura. After those two raids we cover Europe and two festival tours to be announce soon. In September we shred Central America, 3/ 4 weeks again. Nowadays when it comes to extreme music and metal attitude you have to mention Belphegor. We shred everything to death. Whatever try to cross our path, doesn't matter where and which country we play. At the moment all is focused on the new album.

xFiruath: What is your local metal scene like and how is Belphegor received in your home town?

Helmuth: To be honest, I don’t care so much about scenes, I never did nor waste my time about it. I support what I like you know and ignore trash.

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?

Helmuth: Thanks for the fucking space in Metal Underground magazine. Regards to ya readership and all demons who stuck with us, who just got into the band, or who came to the shows. Check out the new album “Blook Magick Necromance.“ Chaos - Music – Death!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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