BELPHEGOR : interview with Helmuth
mailer by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo ___
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HARD GUITAR MUSIC IS A FUKKING PLEASURE
Speaking about the upcoming tour, the new drummer Nefastus, sound and lights during a concert, crossing Europe, setlist highlights !!, Arkhon Infaustus, projects, merchandise, Up from the Ground Festival, comparisons between Goatreich-Fleshcult and Lucifer Incestus, Sepulture of Hypocrisy, the Pope(s) and the bloody game of the Tower!
Helmuth! It's a great thing to have the possibility to interview you right
now that the brilliant Goatreich-Fleshcult has been recently released and
that the related European tour will start in few days: on 14th April
in Schweinfurt, Germany.
do you think that the new material will impact well and that it can add a
blast more to Belphegor's concerts?
Helmuth: Hey dalia, you're welcome. Yeah, our GOATREICH - FLESHCULT headliner - tour will begin in some days, 18 convents through Europe, which also will lead us through Switzerland.
are Belphegor's expectations concerning this tour, if compared with the
experience done with the tour of last year?
This time we are again headliner, have better conditions and a longer setlist at a good time, i think it'll be again a very interesting journey, in which we will meet a lots of friends and new dedicated maniacs.
drummer. Nefastus. Nefastus is the new blast machine behind Belphegor's
skins. How does he prepare himself for this event? And, in general, which
is the technical preparation of Belphegor for this upcoming Tour in order
to present the full maturity of the new album and its underground
enthusiasm also? Is there a new live approach in singing and playing for
So what, we are just metal-fans who play/hail this music for years now, hard guitar music is a fukkin pleasure, a real pleasure.
U know, I could ´nt imagine a life without music/guitar.
Yeah, NEFASTUS has a very unique style that brings a lot to the band,....and he is the reason why we are able to pursue our target with album # 6 and are able to go another step forward concerning dynamic and brutality.
He already accompanied us in December 04, on the X mass festivals, 15 dates through Europe w/ Vader, Marduk, Napalm Death a.o and blasted everything to the ground.
To put it short, he´s the right man for BELPHEGOR and fits humanly perfect to us.
much importance do you give to the lights and sound quality during your
A good PA that guaranties a transparent sound of course is a hammer and also different from hall to hall.
yes, by now its more important for us to guarantee the people that come to
our show and support us a good show with fat light (if possible) and a
good sophisticated sound.
Goatreich-Fleshcult Tour will start in Schweinfurt and will open the gate
of Hell in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, France, Holland, Italy,
passing for Switzerland too! (of course GM will be there at C4 in Islikon
reporting this super event of Black Metal!). I notice that you play
gladly in Italy too. Which are your impressions you gathered in your
career about the Italian and Swiss audience?
yeah right, Dalia let me tell you, its an honour for BELPHEGOR to
cross Europe again, we are very excited how the people will take
the new tracks in a live situation, i think the new songs will
are really hot to finally rise the stages and to perform the new material.
sure that we´ll have a good time there, Switzerland and Italy is always
something very special for BELPHEGOR.
Have you already prepared the setlist for this Tour? if yes, can you
reveal some of the new highlights? Will there any difference in the
setlist along the tour? Which songs from the previous albums will be
The focal point is set on the last two albums of course, we play from the actual GOATREICH - FLESHCULT album
CRUZIFIXUS - ANUS DEI
ET IMMUNDUS DIABOLUS
OF RATS and a special short Blast-Version from FESTUM ASINORUM.
course a question is dedicated to the bands supporters and Arkhon
Infaustus in particular. I think that all the bands together will propose
a concert without compromises, isn’t it? And what do you expect, Helmuth,
from Arkhon Infaustus? Do you presume they will present a a new look in
relation with their new Perdition
We will see, the bands have been chosen/invited by us and i think its a good package for friends of non commercial hard music.
in April we'll drive again thousands of kilometres through
Europe in the sign of the blastbeat.
convents along with Arkhon
Infaustus, In Aeternum and some local troops going to share the
stages w/ us.
is year of non stop touring, we want to march in all countries/continents
in which we have not played till now.
U know, we dont have any stage requisits anymore, it would only deflect from the music and we dont want that.
Please tell us what we will find. Anything new, anything particular?
Next to the usual stuff we'll have new tour t-shirts and longsleeves with a cool design from the GOATREICH - FLESHCULT album.
August Belphegor will play a festival that i consider very, very, very
interesting: the "Up from the Ground"... it seems to be an
homogenous and sincere festival...
Yes, the festival season begins, the team from the UP FROM THE GROUND festival guarantees us a nice playground on friday, with fair conditions and we will have 45 minutes, we'll drum our absolute highlights into the hellpit,...its an exclusive German show.
of Hypocrisy”: the title of a very good song of Goatreich-Fleshcult and
a title that makes us think.
So what? um,...it was our goal to ban our hardest and tightest album on CD and i think we made that.
yeah, we tried a few new things, trying to take our sound a
bit further each time, musicwise we
gave our best, like always.
u know we are very ambitious, make the music for ourselves, if the ppl
like it thats great.
LUCIFER INCESTUS was faster, but GOATREICH - FLESHCULT is much more death and fleshy.
matter if leads/vokills/drums, we try to set in the instruments more
effective in each album, to arrange it better and to develop in every
for liking the tune, to finally record a slower track like
SEPULTURE OF HYPOCRISY was for a long time in my mind now.
This death-eruption is in comparison to our other material slower but nevertheless typical BELPHEGOR.
intention since the foundation of the troup always have been to get
better, GOATREICH - FLESHCULT is an example of aggressive
yet technically exceptional death/blackest metal work.
Manfreda's cover art for Goatreich-Fleshcult is provocative and in
the same time real, sincere, atmospheric, and of good taste, in spite of
the difficult topic represented (it’s not easy to represent certain
scenes with class!). This is luciferian art! Do you know Manfreda
since long time?
Ralph has already created the LAST SUPPER cover at that time (95) which ensured a lot of commotion, he really is a genius, we love his constructions.
planning the artwork for GOATREICH - FLESHCULT (which is a
circumscription for hell, and the goat became a mascot,...on the new
album we are hailing his Reich of death, lust & fire.
), we knew we had to come up with the most blasphemous-horror stuff
ever - fitting the lyrical, antichristian content.
me tell u´, its not kinda image/bad boys or whatsoever bullshit, we
all adore that kind of art, and that became our "path of
sin" since over an decade now.
were lucky that Ralph Manfreda, which is an outstanding artist from
Vienna, agreed to do the artwork.
we´ve never done this for any shock value, we really dig that obscure
stuff, but if any moralizers out there feel provoked or disgusted by this art,
fine with me.
this particular period, I think this is a question I must include in the
interviews I make in these days. And from the moment we deal with
Belphegor here…. i presume that the reaction will be very big, according
to the style, the concept and the lyrics typical of Belphegor. Ok, Wojtyla
and Catholic religion, what do you think about what is happening now? A
prophecy tells us that 2 popes only are left, hehehhee
I dont give a horseshit, it wont change anything, the one conservative sack goes and the next comes. The question at the moment is very present, i agree with Sigurds answer to the question of the last days: ....feed him to the pigs.
our almost impious and surely bloody question of the Game of the Tower!
Our Tower represents the final dark “rite” for the bands we interview
for the first time. 3 bands are waiting for you on the top of this high
tower. You can kick down 2 of them , saving only one from the deadly
free fall. The 3 bands for you, Helmuth, are Hammerfall, Slipknot,
The only ones from the above mentioned bands who deserve a tower are SODOM for their life work, if you think about pearls like AGENT ORANGE and so on, then you can see that they have influenced generations of bands with their sound and they still do.
so much Helmuth! set Europe on fire!! We see us in Islikon!!
thanks a lot Dalia,...we appreciate the support.
Death/Black beings should go out and chekk GOATREICH -
Cheers to all demons out there who' ve been supporting and accompanying BELPHEGOR for years, see ya in CH, - Islikon/ C4 on 27th of april 05
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