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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.”

After eight shows in Brazil, we flew to Venezuela. I couldn’t lift my guitar case anymore, so that was the first time that I went to the hospital. I couldn’t play the show but Columbia was on the plan. I still thought, it will get better… sick, man. I was totally done, couldn’t do the last three shows in Columbia; sorry to all the people involved. I am a fighter, I never cancel shows as long as I can stand on my damn feet, but it was over. It was four days of pain and fever, lying in the bed in Bogota, followed by two damn international flights back to Austria. When we arrived I was totally done; it wasn’t possible to lift my hand luggage.

They put me in intensive care for ten days, to prepare for an operation. There was a lot of water in the heart, liver and legs – everywhere. I looked like a sumo wrestler. Besides my lungs, there was also heart damage. So I had an open heart and chest operation. I could fill a book, man.

Metal Sucks: How did you recover? Were you ever close to death?

Helmuth: Man, I fought five weeks to get my life back. Five weeks in the hospital – three times in intensive care, then six weeks rehab – step by step, I tried to get my life back. I have rock hard will and discipline, otherwise I wouldn’t be here anymore.

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Gorgoroth will return to South America in September of 2012 for a tour of Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador, with further details to be announced soon. The currently revealed tour routing is as follows:

06.09.2012 – Brazil, TBA
07.09.2012 – Brazil, Belo Horizonte/MG @ Music Hall
08.09.2012 – Brazil, São Paulo/SP @ Carioca Club
09.09.2012 – Brazil, TBA
10.09.2012 – Brazil, Porto Alegre/RS @ Beco
12.09.2012 – Colombia, Medellin @ TBA
13.09.2012 – Colombia, Cali @ TBA
14.09.2012 – Colombia, Bogota @ TBA
15.09.2012 – Ecuador, Quito @ TBA

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Colombian death metal band Ripping Flesh is streaming the promo song “The Arrival of Chaos,” which will be on its debut full-length album. This video was shot for the Colombian metal program Metal Garage. Ripping Flesh formed in 2010 out of the ashes of local Bogota bands Blood Spilled and Ausum. They sing about horror, war, death, violence and Lovecraftian lore. The band already has a demo, “Demonic Incantion,” which you can stream tracks from over on MySpace. They have played a lot of festivals, including In-Fest-Ed Death II in Medellin, Colombian Death Road in Villavicencio and even a free show at Bogota Terror Death.

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Bogota slam death band Carnivore Diprosopus is finally releasing its long awaited third album on Sevared Records shortly. Titled “Condemned by the Alliance,” the band is streaming a promo for it below. That promo features a preview of the track “Covenant of Satan Predators.” Carnivore Diprosopus already has a couple of demos and two albums to its credit, even appearing on the 2005 CD compilation “A Bombardment from the Southern Paradise.” The group has toured Europe and Russia, playing a lot of festivals. Their next gig will be at the Neura Fest Party at the Sala Kandela in Oviedo, Spain on May 18th. Listen to some of Carnivore Diprosopus’ older music on MySpace.

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Colombian grind metal band Phalogore is streaming the promo video for its upcoming release “Sublime World of Chaos,” which you can check out below. Phalogore already has the demo album “Child Burner” to its credit, a few tracks from it streaming over on MySpace. Some of those songs will be included on the new album. Phalogore will be appearing at the Grotesque Aberrations Fest 6 in Bogota will nine other Colombian extreme metal bands on April 28th at the Monster Rock Bar.

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NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway, aired an eight-minute Norwegian-language video report on SATYRICON’s November 1 concert in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Sick Of It All and Comeback Kid have lined up a string of March dates in South America. Dates are as follows:

Mar 12 Curitiba, BRA @ John Bull Music Hall
Mar 13 Sao Paulo, BRA @ Carioca Club
Mar 15 Rosario, ARG @ Galpon 11
Mar 16 Buenos Aires, ARG @ Teatro Colegiales
Mar 17 Santiago, CHL @ Teatro Novedades
Mar 18 Lima, PER @ Barranco Bar
Mar 20 Bogota, COL @ Teatro Metro Bogota

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Sick Of It All, Comeback Kid to Tour South America – posted on 2011-01-07 18:48:34


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Before heading over to South America in the spring, Comeback Kid will be hitting the US. After finishing up their last few dates with H20 and Attack, Comeback Kid jump directly into sharing the stage with Madball and Cruel Hand to finish out January.

Comeback Kid, Sick of it All South American Tour Dates

3/12/2011 John Bull Music Hall Curitiba BR
3/13/2011 Carioca Club Sao Paulo BR
3/15/2011 Galpon 11 Rosario AR
3/16/2011 Teatrito Buenos Aires AR
3/17/2011 Teatrito Buenos Aires AR
3/18/2011 Barranco Bar Lima PE
3/20/2011 Teatro Metro Bogota CO

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Comeback Kid, Sick of it All South American Tour Dates – posted on 2011-01-07 02:35:58


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Colombia’s Shock.com.co web site has uploaded video footage of METALLICA’s March 10, 2010 press conference in Bogota during which the bandmembers were presented with a platinum plaque for the group’s latest CD, “Death Magnetic”, and a gold plaque for the “Orgullo, Pasión Y Gloria – Tres Noches En La Ciudad De México” DVD.

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According to the AFP, organizers of tonight’s (Friday, March 12) METALLICA concert in Venezuela are heeding to lessons learned during Wednesday’s (March 10) riots in Bogota, and have called on a large contingent of police officers, civil protection officers, firefighters and private security agents to ensure an orderly concert in Caracas.

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