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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Belphegor release video for new single “Virtus Asinaria – Prayer”

Diabolical death metal squadron Belphegor have released an atmospheric video for their brand new single, “Virtus Asinaria – Prayer,” which is the second single from their upcoming twelfth full-length “The Devils”, due out on June 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. “Virtus Asinaria – Prayer” is a change of pace with its more sustained yet inherently sinister approach, slowly luring you in with entrancing melodies and ceremonial chants that indicate impending doom. The video for the song was partially shot at the scenic and infamous Neudegg Alm in Abtenau, Austria, and it can be watched below.

Helmuth states:

“Our new video for the track “”Virtus Asinaria – Prayer”” pairs Belphegor´s bizarre live procession with an intimate ritual of sulphur, passion & blood. For he shall rise, heretic goat of flesh & lust! It stands for what Belphegor has always stood: liberty and the everlasting spiritual & bodily manisfestation of carnal sin upon this rotten world!” 

With “The Devils”, long-running diabolical black death metal titans Belphegor unleash their twelfth studio album upon the masses, which proves to be one of the strongest and most elaborate records in the group’s career. Mixed & mastered at renowned Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, At The Gates), “The Devils” sounds absolutely crushing and dynamic, sonically pushing the immense variety of the eight tracks to new heights.

Blending German, Latin and English lyrics, lead single “Totentanz – Dance Macabre” is as ferocious as it gets with its insane barrage of blast beats, spiteful lyrics, and sinister guitar melodies. “Glorifizierung des Teufels” (‘Glorification of the Devil’) and “Virtus Asinaria –Prayer” offer epic, mid-paced grandeur, chanted vocals and choirs adding new shades of black to their stylistic palette. The title-track or “Damnation – Höllensturz” prove to be more complex pieces, shifting moods and tempos with ease and expanding Belphegor’s blasphemous onslaught with fascinating twists and turns. Rounded off by impressive artwork created by Seth Siro Anton, “The Devils” marks the band’s fourth collaboration with one of metal’s most prolific designers. Ultimately, “The Devils” is an album that musically builds upon Belphegor’s trademark sound, in essence a combination of traditional death and black metal, deeply rooted in the 90’s, yet boasts with intricate compositions and detailed arrangements underlining their outstanding position within the international extreme metal circuit. Known as tirelessly touring band, Belphegor presented a few of the new songs during an European tour with I Am Morbid, before currently hitting South America with Krisiun, and an intense festival season including Wacken Open Air, Bloodstock, Sweden Rock Motocultor, Mexican Metal Fest and many more.