"Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn", the eighth full-length studio album from Austrian blackened death metal outfit BELPHEGOR, will be made available in the following formats:
* Limited-edition digipack including the "Der Geistertreiber" video clip (enchanted)
* Strictly limited Nuclear Blast mailorder edition: hand grenade including wooden box and digipack (only 500 copies)
* Limited picture gatefold LP format (1,000 copies)
* Standard jewel case CD
More information can be found at this location.
"Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn", which is scheduled for release on October 9 in Europe and October 20 in North American via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2008's "Bondage Goat Zombie" was recorded at Andy Classen's (LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DEW-SCENTED, NEAERA, ASPHYX) Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany.
"Walpurgis Rites Hexenwahn" track listing:
01. Walpurgis Rites
02. Veneratio Diaboli - I Am Sin
03. Hail The New Flesh
04. Reichswehr In Blood
05. The Crosses Made Of Bone
06. Der Geistertreiber
07. Destroyer Hekate
08. Enthralled Toxic Sabbath
09. Hexenwahn - Totenkult
Commented frontman Helmuth: "With these nine compositions/arrangements, we continue to piss on the damn mainstream. It's BELPHEGOR to the highest; the hymns are extremely varied, more intense and epic than ever, [and] there are new elements and structures added. Also, we used some haunting samples here and there, to give the album a cold and ritualistic feel."
He continued, "On 'Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn', you will hear my most fucked up vocals to date; also the lyrical content is offensive and insane. The witch/devil concept is amazing to work with and we used a lot of original chants/ incantations from archaic scripts."
The "Der Geistertreiber" video can be viewed below. The clip was shot in Abtenau, Austria with director Walter Fanninger.
Commented Helmuth: "The song is about the celebration on the 30th of April, better known as the Walpurgis Nacht, the occult celebrations on the broken mountain. It's the first time that we hired a professional camera team for a BELPHEGOR video, so the result is beyond amazing. We rented a cottage three days high in the mountains in middle of nowhere in the woods. There was nothing around. Just a lot of excess, alcohol, substances etc. Was a great intense time!"
BELPHEGOR has tapped Brazilian artist Marcelo Hvc to handle the graphics for the new album.
"Bondage Goat Zombie" entered the Austrian album chart at position No. 42 upon its release in early 2008. The CD also landed on the German chart at No. 81.