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Belphegor has commissioned Greek artist Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh) for the band’s new album artwork. Seth has already started working on the cover art and he comments:

“It will be a great challenge creating the artwork for Belphegor’s new masterpiece. My mission is clear, creating the most disturbing artwork I have ever made!”

Belphegor’s Helmuth comments: “It’s good to have Seth recruited again. He did the ‘PESTAPOKALYPSE VI’ graphics back in 2006. The lyrical content deals with blasphemy, exorcism, and blackest romantic. He´s the perfect choice for the atmosphere we are looking for.”

The currently untitled album has been pushed back to August 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records, worldwide. This new album will follow previous release “Blood Magick Necromance” (reviewed here).

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The third and last recording sessions for Belphegor’s upcoming new album will take place from November 29th until December 14th at Mana Studios, where front man Helmuth will finish all vocals, overdubs, and the leads.

Expect three trailers from the guitar and vocal sessions coming to you within the next months. Helmuth also commented:

“Just returned from Leeds where we nuked the ingenious Damnation Festival. England is always a pleasure to shred. This time was no exception: what a brutal crowd it was…

“I already tracked the four rhythm guitars at Mana Studios in Florida. This album is gonna be brutal, way more Death Metal blasphemy than the last records. The nine sound collages will reveal a new dimension of chaos, with the uttermost aggressive soundwall possible.

“Its fantastic to work with Erik, this dude is really challenging, to give the best…cause you demons deserve it.”

The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled for a worldwide release in March 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. This new album will follow previous release “Blood Magick Necromance” (reviewed here).

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Belphegor’s Helmuth has issued the following statement online about the band canceling its previously announced appearance on the Barge to Hell cruise:

“I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise.

“Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick – full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art.

“I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year’s editions. In hell we burn!!!”

The Barge to Hell will set sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas. In other Belphegor news, the band is currently planning special shows for its 20th anniversary. Details will be announced as they are made available.

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Belphegor’s Helmuth has issued the following statement online about the band canceling its previously announced appearance on the Barge to Hell cruise:

“I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise.

“Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick – full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art.

“I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year’s editions. In hell we burn!!!”

The Barge to Hell will set sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas. In other Belphegor news, the band is currently planning special shows for its 20th anniversary. Details will be announced as they are made available.

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Belphegor’s Helmuth has issued the following statement online about the band canceling its previously announced appearance on the Barge to Hell cruise:

“I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise.

“Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick – full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art.

“I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year’s editions. In hell we burn!!!”

The Barge to Hell will set sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas. In other Belphegor news, the band is currently planning special shows for its 20th anniversary. Details will be announced as they are made available.

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Belphegor’s Helmuth has issued the following statement online about the band canceling its previously announced appearance on the Barge to Hell cruise:

“I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise.

“Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick – full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art.

“I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year’s editions. In hell we burn!!!”

The Barge to Hell will set sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas. In other Belphegor news, the band is currently planning special shows for its 20th anniversary. Details will be announced as they are made available.

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Guitarist/vocalist Helmuth Lehner of the Austrian blackened death metal outfit BELPHEGOR, who underwent “a serious and difficult” operation last October, is still not fully recovered and will therefore be unable to handle lead vocals at the band’s upcoming Extremefest appearances.

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Austrian black metal band Belphegor posted up rehearsal video footage entitled “Chapter X.” The footage was shot in June a few days before the band entered Mana Studios in Florida to record the bass guitars and drums with producer Erik Rutan. According to the band, “this rehearsal trailer will give you a first glimpse of the sickness yet to be unleashed.” All announced titles for the forthcoming new LP are working titles. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records, however, the date of the release was pushed back to March 2013.

This is the first release since frontman Helmuth Lehner was diagnosed with typhus from the drinking water in Brazil during the band’s tour in 2011. The condition forced the band to cease all activities while Lehner received extensive medical treatment and physical therapy.

Check out the rehearsal video here:

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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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On Tuesday bassist Serpenth and drummer Marthyn from Belphegor fly over to U.S. shores to start the drum recordings on Wednesday. Erik Rutan [Mana studios/ Florida, St. Petersburg] will be at the helm as producer for the album. The recording sessions and mix/mastering process are set for completion by mid October.

Serpenth states: “All right, a new chapter. These are the last days before we hit the Mana studios in Florida. We’re all set. The nine sound collages are faster and more aggressive than on the previous album, ‘Blood Magick Necromance.’

Helmuth added, “The last rehearsals turned out fantastic. We get every arrangement to its highest audial potential. Added alot of new haunting and compelling structures/ rhythm parts and tritones intervals: tones that were forbidden by the damn church in middle ages. We’re on fire. Expect more shredding, more magick, more of everything.”

The release date of chapter #X is being pushed back to January 2013 via Nuclear Blast records, worldwide. During the last six day rehearsal sessions the band shot some original visual impressions, which you can check out at this location. Further studio updates will be released in the near future.

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