Belphegor (1991-present): a Black Metal band from Salzburg, Austria.


ustrian blackened death metal band Belphegor started out under the name Betrayer in 1991 before changing their name later that same year. Belphegor comes from the biblical name Baal-Peor, who is the name of the God of the Moabites. The legend says that when Israel owned the northeast corner of the plains of Moab, the Israelites would have illicit relations with the Moabite women and would sacrifice them to their god. Moses punished by death the Israelites who had sacrificed to Baal-Peor; accounting for some 24,000 deaths in all. Their lyrics are a mix of English, German and Latin.

The band started out with Helmuth Lehner (guitars) along with vocalist and bassist Maxx, Sigurd (guitar) and drummer Chris. This line-up remained intact until Mario "Marius" Klausner (bass/backing vocals) came in 1996, and then Bartholomäus "Barth" Resch (bass/backing vocals (2002-2006)), Tomasz "Nefastus" Janiszewski (drums (2005-2006)), Morluch (guitars (2008-2009)) and Simon "BloodHammer" Schilling (drums (2015-2018)), leaving Lehner as the only original member, with Serpenth who had joined back in 2006.

The band was briefly signed to 'Perverted Taste Records', on which their debut EP, Obscure and Deep was released in 1994. This release featured a cover of the Black Sabbath track Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Their first album, The Last Supper, was released by 'Lethal Records' in January 1995. At this time the band's logo was also redesigned to include two inverted crosses surrounded by blood.

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The band's second album Blutsabbath was released in October 1997, featuring Man (of Mastic Scum) on session drums. The following year, the third album Necrodaemon Terrorsathan was released by 'Last Episode' (today known as 'Black Attakk'), where Man again performed session drums. The band eventually left 'Last Episode' and later denounced them as a "rip-off label".

It would be after the release of Necrodaemon Terrorsathan (2000), Lucifer Incestus (2003) and Goatreich - Fleshcult (2005) that during the recording of Pestapokalypse VI and after having played bass on six of the nine tracks on the new album, Barth was forced to leave the band and terminate his career after suffering a hand injury that left him unable to continue performing. This led to Belphegor withdrawing from a tour with Hate Eternal in April 2006, and Lehner was forced to record the remaining bass lines on the new album himself while Robin Eaglestone (ex-Cradle of Filth, Imperial Black) was recruited as a session bassist for live performances between April and October. Barth's full-time replacement was Serpenth, who joined the band in October.

In January 2008, Sigurd underwent eye surgery, and because of this it was not known whether he would resume with his role in Belphegor. A few months later however, Sigurd had chosen to leave the band permanently following their tour of Europe in late 2007. For Belphegor's North American tour in February 2008 he was replaced by Anthony Paulini, who in turn eventually replaced by Morluch as full-time guitarist.

In April 2008, Bondage Goat Zombie was released featuring Lehner on vocals and both lead and rhythm guitars, Serpenth on bass and Torturer on drums. As well as a standard CD release this album came in a variety of formats including a limited edition digipack complete with a DVD hosting video clips, behind the scenes footage, a studio "making of" documentary, live footage and a "freak" section, and a further limited option in Stahl helmet packaging complete with dogtag as well as a red vinyl version limited to 1000 copies.

After the release of Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn (2009) and Blood Magick Necromance (2011) would follow before the band was on hold after their 2011 South American tour until May 2012 due to Lehner going through a serious and difficult operation after being infected with typhoid fever. By 2014 the band was back in full form to release Conjuring the Dead (2014), Totenritual (2017) and The Devils (2022). Before Belphegor's show in St. Petersburg, the Lehner was attacked by Anatoly Artyukh, an orthodox activist and the assistant of the deputy Vitaly Milonov. The incident happened at the Pulkovo Airport on April 19, 2016.

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Nation Austria
Location Salzburg
Genre Black Metal
Formations 1
Active Years 1991-
Last Modified 2023-10-29
Diskery ID 2369

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