Continuing from the story several days ago, where members of BELPHEGOR and NILE were attacked by Russian Orthodox fanatics after arriving in Russia, BELPHEGOR have now announced that they have been forced to cancel several Russian dates. The band stated:
“After a great tour kickoff in Minsk, Belarus [18th April], BELPHEGOR dealt with heavy opposition and censorship within Russia resulting in three shows being cancelled. We apologize to Russian supporters. The troop tried everything to secure the shows. The St. Petersburg concert was canceled just a few hours before BELPHEGOR was scheduled to enter the stage on the 19th of April. We arrived in Moscow hoping for the best on the 20th. We were ordered to remove the already hanging backdrop, then told that stage props such as sculptures and crosses were forbidden, and Helmuth was not allowed to do vocals for the track “Lucifer Incestus”. During the second track, the sound engineer had been forced to mute the vocals for the rest of the show because of our lyrical content. We were outraged by the entire experience. Afterward, we were informed that we would be unable to play in Ekaterinburg [21st April] and Krasnodar [23rd April].
Helmuth adds: “We’ve toured Russia three times since 2006 and always had amazing experiences. We’ve ignored all protests including death threats during the past few weeks. I was aware many black and death metal bands were having trouble recently, but we still marched in. To people who think they know everything: When that waste of oxygen approached us at the airport on the 19th, he had a hand in his pocket. I expected him to have a weapon. If I had hit him, I would have been thrown in jail, and he would have ended up in the hospital. That was their plan; he had that other degenerate filming the entire thing. Special thanks to brother Mr. Karl Sanders, who had the courage to block him as he continued to harass me. I’m a musician, not a fighter, especially in Russia. I’ve survived Typhus and have already been dead for six hours, hanging on only by machines followed by open-heart surgery. I do not fear anyone other than myself. No excuses to anyone!! End of story. It is of the utmost importance that artists have freedom of expression. Throughout history religions and governments have and continue to censor creative works all around the world. Thank you very much to all metalheads who loyally stand behind us and fight against oppressors and hypocritical moralizers. Russian supporters, be prepared!! BELPHEGOR are unstoppable and will return.”
Thanks to Sviatlana Dubavets for the photo shot during our Ritual in Minsk, Belarus.”
Austrian blackened metallers BELPHEGOR have cancelled their appearance on Barge To Hell, the world’s most extreme metal cruise, which will sail Monday, December 3, 2012 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7.
Comments BELPHEGOR leader Helmuth: “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!!!”
BELPHEGOR entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to begin laying down its as-yet-untitled new CD for a March 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Rutan previously stated about the upcoming CD: “I am very excited to be recording and mixing the new BELPHEGOR album at Mana. After many discussions with Helmuth and hearing some clips of new material, I know that the band is very focused and determined on making a harmoniously evil extreme masterpiece. We shall make one beast of an album that the fans have come to expect from BELPHEGOR!”
BELPHEGOR‘s last album, “Blood Magick Necromance”, was released in January 2011 in Europe and February 2011 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast Records.
BELPHEGOR emerges as one of the most extreme line ups to ever come out of the death black metal scene. The band members themselves describe their hellride as “Supreme Death/ Black Metal Art”. BELPHEGOR`s new opus “BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE“ will be released on January 14th (today) in Europe and February 8th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Belphegor are: Helmuth: Heretic Grunts, Chainsaw – Serpenth: Bass Devastator.
Some days ago Belphegor’s Helmuth replied to my questions, just in time for the “BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE“– release date, that is today…
Hi Helmuth, I’m Tarja from Metal Shock (Italy) and Metal Shock Finland. thanks for this chance to interview you! How the things are going on?
Things are going infernally. Did about 90 interviews these weeks, the feedback is beyond amazing, so all is good. Can’t wait till the release date of the new monster, entitled, BLOOD MAGICK NECROMENCE.