Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR have issued the following statetement regarding the cancellation of their appearance at the Death In The Forest festival — scheduled to take place today (May 20) at the Avalon in New York City:
"Just returned from the Munich Airport, after waiting 18 hours to solve the visa problems. Even tough Helmuth [guitar/vocals] has a new passport, he was informed by the border guards that he would be sent back immediately [after] landing in the U.S., because his passport dosn't have any digital photo. Fuck Austrian bureaucracy. We then called the Austrian embassies in Vienna and Frankfurt and were told they couldn't do anything about it before Monday!!! We then decided to came over as a three-piece, [and] the flight was changed to May 20th, but with this flight we wouldn't have arrived on time...
"Well, we're totally disapointed at this moment, as we were really excited to finally come over and play a brutal show for our fans in the U.S.
"To all the demons who were waiting for BELPHEGOR, don't blame the promoter. TJ Morris really tried everything to bring BELPHEGOR over."
BELPHEGOR recently completed work on their sixth album at producer Andy Classen's Stage One studios in Germany. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Throne of Sacrilege", "Flammandus Et Contemtus", "Bluhtsturm Erotica"', "Belphegor – Hell's Ambassador".
BELPHEGOR's fifth full-length album, "The Goatreich - Fleshcult", was released in Europe in February 2005 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany and is the follow-up to 2003's "Lucifer Incestus".