Austrian blackened death metal outfit BELPHEGOR will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 29 with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to begin recording its as-yet-untitled new album for a late 2012 release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented guitarist/vocalist Helmuth Lehner: "Around 2006 I have contact Erik the first time, I guess. We talked about the producing of the 'Bondage Goat Zombie' album, but he wasn’t available. This time, we have to do it! Our sound, attitude… or let's say trademark, is a symbiosis of all extremities that came out of this glorious genre… Diabolical black death metal.
"Since February 2012, we rehearse and write hard on nine shredding sound collages.
"To record chapter X with Erik is perfect, since he exactly know what we need and how we get this shit done.
"The thing is, the new compositions are full of intensity and pure aggression. The combination of European metal coldness, atmosphere and sickest elements crossed with an American brutal sound is the master plan. This experiment is going to be ultra-sick!
"I dig to work with motivated, possessed and enthusiastic artists, to keep the fire burning, in all related things (producers, musicians, etc.) No rules, all is permitted. This is the main reason why BELPHEGOR survived almost 20 years."
Added Rutan: "I am very excited to be recording and mixing the new BELPHEGOR album at Mana. After many discussions with Helmuth and hearing some clips of new material, I know that the band is very focused and determined on making a harmoniously evil extreme masterpiece. We shall make one beast of an album that the fans have come to expect from BELPHEGOR!"
Several photos from the rehearsal sessions can be found at this location.
BELPHEGOR's last album, "Blood Magick Necromance", was released in January 2011 in Europe and February 2011 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by Peter Tägtgren (IMMORTAL, CELTIC FROST, HYPOCRISY, DIMMU BORGIR) at his Abyss Studios in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.