Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR will enter Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany on September 13 to begin recording their fifth full-length album, tentatively due in March 2005 through Napalm Records. "The three recording sessions will last 'till the 10th of November," the band write in a newsletter. "In [these] three months (Sept./Oct./Nov.) the group is going to concentrate on their new album 100 percent and, for that matter, will not play any concerts in that period. The new album comes first of all." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Goatreich – Fleshcult", "Crown Massacre", "Anus Dei", "Burn the Cross", "Swarm of Rats", "The Cruzifix", "Seth - Demon of Death", "Fornicationium Et Immundum Diabolus" and "The Stigmatized".
Commented vocalist/guitarist Helmuth: "Again we will break musical rules and borders and you can expect a very special, monumetal high-speed opus with violent twin-guitars and far more leads than on it's predecessor. Through 'Lucifer Incestus' we could learn a lot concerning studio and equipment and this time we gonna use and seize it all. Again we've added a lot of new elements and reached the next level of composition and structure, without sounding less massive. The material we are developing since Dec. '03, has really grown during that time and the speeds/drumtakes are more varied than ever, from 130 beats to 180/210 ('Blutsabbath' and 'Necrodaemon' speeds) up to the typical 220/250 BELPHEGOR speeds, I think this is one of the most outstanding attributes of the still-untitled jewel. Also we got a mighty 190 soundcollage, that even can do without any blastbeat, therefore the hardness and intensity are lethal ...of course, we got a hyper-blastattack at 260 bpm speed at start as well. This album is going to be another strong death/black metal massacre, 'Lucifer Incestus' is the climax of our work so far, but #5 is going to be our 'Reign In Blood', so u demons...be prepared."
BELPHEGOR will embark on a mini-tour with DISASTROUS MURMUR in mid-November, to be followed by their appearance at this year's X-Mass Fest alongside MARDUK, NAPALM DEATH, FINNTROLL, VADER and BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. A Brazilian tour is tentatively scheduled to take place in February/March.