The dark days of winter are approaching as European troop BELPHEGOR plant a signpost to Hell upon New Zealand dirt. These Austrian Occult metallers are well-known for their glorious, ritualistic live performances that summon the Dark Lord himself, and will be gracing our shores for the very first time to unleash hell. Belphegor have been creating blackened death metal for over two decades with their uncompromising and relentlessly brutal approach, a defining factor of their music. Belphegor will be performing songs from their most recent release ‘Totenritual’ as well as two decades worth of some of the darkest and intense music you’ve ever heard.
May 9th – Valhalla – Wellington
May 10th – Whammy – Auckland
BELPHEGOR was founded in 1993 and spread like a virus within the underground. Meanwhile, their »BLOODBATH IN PARADISE« demo has become legendary and paved the baleful path into the souls of thousands of listeners. Anti-religious with nihilistic tendencies as well as provocative topics, BELPHEGOR moved on. The debut album »The Last Supper«  let the community of followers and opponents grow. Inexorably, the band pushes their destructive ways forward in the following years. BELPHEGOR become louder, more obsessed and more dynamic, and their albums now have cult status. To think about the scene doesn’t work without thinking of BELPHEGOR. In 2008, the band sent their followers to the edge of hell with »Bondage Goat Zombie« and sparked an all-consuming Death Metal fire with blasting black metal influences. This masterpiece, inspired by the Marquis de Sade, is one of the most demanding works the genre has offered to this day. BELPHEGOR showed themselves equally brutal and baleful on the successors »WALPURGIS RITES – HEXENWAHN«  and »BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE« . The band received a lot of great feedback for their intense live performances as well, and reached out to a big and loyal fan base. Their obscure rituals full of diabolical magick have haunted the world several times – next to extensive tours through Asia and Europe, BELPHEGOR have also completed ten tours through North America.
Three years after their 2014 demonstration of brutality, »CONJURING THE DEAD«. »TOTENRITUAL« consists of nine compositions which, blow-by-blow, silence any doubts about the supremacy of these icons of the European scene. Merciless riff force, crunchy blasts in a dark setting – 24 years after their foundation, BELPHEGOR’s inventive creativity places them head and shoulders above the rest. Anyone looking for silence, beautiful melodies and a life-affirming aura will suffocate under the power of »TOTENRITUAL.«
No matter where BELPHEGOR march forth on this planet, be it on your stereo or live on stage, one thing is for sure: after the crest of their devilish death ceremony, there will only be a heap of ruins remaining!