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Immolation Embarks On 'Lucifer Over America' Tour
January 26, 2008
Legendary death metal titans Immolation kick off a massive a month-long North American tour dubbed the “Lucifer Over America Tour” on Feb. 4th alongside Rotting Christ, Belphegor and Averse Sefira. This promises to be one of the most devastating underground tours of the year.

The group’s new video for the track, “World Agony,” is set to make its MTV2 debut on Headbangers Ball this Saturday, Jan. 26th at 11PM EST/8PM PST. The track comes off the group’s acclaimed new album 'Shadows in the Light'. For those of you that can’t wait to see the video feel free to check it out now on the band’s MySpace page. Also check out the teaser below.

Robert Vigna (guitars) further describes his excitement over the upcoming tour: “We are really looking forward to the upcoming U.S. tour. It is really a great package and a very dark one as well. We've known Rotting Christ for years and haven't toured with them since the European festivals in the mid 90's! So it will be good to be out with them again. Belphegor is a very strong act as well and they fit perfectly on the bill. Averse Sefira from Texas is black metal fire. We are really good friends with these guys so this whole tour is going to be a blast.

“Each band will bring something unique to the stage. This is going to be underground music at its best, and definitely it's most evil. We want all fans of dark, sinister, death/black metal to come out and join us. We hope to see you all soon.”

Lucifer Over America Tour:
(w/ Immolation, Rotting Christ, Belphegor, Averse Sefira)
02/04 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
02/05 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/06 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
02/07 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
02/08 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/09 Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
02/10 B.B. King Blues Club – New York City, NY
02/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/12 I-Rock – Detroit, MI
02/13 Uncle Pleasants – Louisville, KY
02/14 The Muse – Nashville, TN
02/15 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
02/16 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
02/19 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/20 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
02/21 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
02/22 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
02/23 The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
02/24 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
02/25 El Jardin del Silencio Extreme – Mexicali, MEX
02/26 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
02/27 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
02/28 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
02/29 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
03/01 Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
03/02 Meridian – Houston, TX
 
 
 
 
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Belphegor Returns With Lucifer Over North America
January 19, 2008
The Austrian blackened/death metal machine, Belphegor, will be returning to the US this February with Rotting Christ, Immolation and Averse Sifera for the “Lucifer Over North America” tour. Vocalist/guitarist, Helmuth, had to this to say about what could be the most blasphemous paring of bands in quite sometime:

“It’s an honor for us to return to US shores! The last two runs were beyond fucking amazing and we had such a good time there. Thanks to First Row Talent and Nuclear Blast Records for bringing Belphegor over again. I´m sure this whole tour will exceed our expectations yet again. Hail Chaos - Hail Satan!”

Confirmed Dates:
02/04 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
02/05 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
02/06 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
02/07 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
02/08 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/09 Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
02/10 BB Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
02/11 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
02/12 I-Rock – Detroit, MI
02/13 Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV
02/14 The Muse – Nashville, TN
02/15 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
02/16 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
02/19 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/20 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
02/21 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
02/22 Galaxy Theater – Santa Ana, CA
02/23 Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
02/24 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
02/25 El Jardin del Silencio Extreme Rock Bar – Mexicali, MEXICO
02/26 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
02/27 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
02/28 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
02/29 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
03/01 Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
03/02 Meridian – Houston, TX

Belphegor recently entered Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany to begin recording their new album for an April 11, 2008 European release via Nuclear Blast Records (April 15 in North America). The follow-up to 2006's 'Pestapokalypse VI' is being recorded in three separate sessions lasting through the middle of January 2008.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1992
HOME TOWN: Greece
MEMBERS:
Sakis (guitar/vocals)
Kostas (guitar)
Andreas (bass)
George (keyboards)
Themis (drums)

While “Genesis” means "source" and "origin", it also alludes to the first book of the Bible’s Old Testament. With their aptly named new album Genesis, Greece’s Rotting Christ have returned to their roots, pushing the aggression even further than Genesis’ predecessor, Khronos (2000). Yet, the aggression that recalls Rotting Christ's Century Media debut Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers (1996) is tempered by the musical experience the quintet has accrued through more than a decade of recordings and performances. Rotting Christ’s renewed commitment to sonic brutality is reflected not only in their choice of album titles, but also in their decisions to revert to their original logo and revisit Andy Classen's Stage One Studio (Krisiun, Asphyx, Callenish Circle). Returning to the studio in which they recorded Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers, Rotting Christ continued exploring their unique blend of raging Black Metal and infectious melodies to create one of their most foreboding and punishing recordings to date. The Rotting Christ story began in 1987 when the group formed under the influence of bands like Bathory, Venom and Celtic Frost. After one EP (Passage To Arcturo), Rotting Christ were signed by French Label Osmose Records, through which they continued spreading their unholy message with Thy Mighty Contract (1993). By that time, Rotting Christ were already considered among the world’s Black Metal elite. After the success of Non Serviam (1995), their second full-length album, the band signed to Century Media Records. 1996’s Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers realized the group’s potential and further cemented the band’s international reputation. After two successful European tours, the band entered Germany's renowned Woodhouse Studio with creative mastermind Xy (Samael) as producer. With united forces, Rotting Christ took their music to the next level, this time concentrating on the epic qualities of their sinister sound. A Dead Poem managed to reach a wider audience without betraying their blackened roots. Shortly thereafter, the band were shaken by line-up changes, but nevertheless managed to thrive, touring over 20 countries, including Turkey, Israel, Bulgaria and all of South America in 1998. In late 1998, Rotting Christ headed back to Woodhouse Studio (again with producer Xy) to explore new ground once again. Sleep Of The Angels, dominated by Gothic influenced Dark Metal, proved that the band were perfectly capable of handling the challenge of expanding their sound and landed the band tours with bands like Cradle Of Filth. Despite the success of the album and tours, the band rediscovered their fondness for the darker Black Metal sounds that characterized their early recordings. A year later, Rotting Christ entered the famous Abyss Studio in Sweden with Sakis as producer (and a helping hand from Hypocrisy's Lars Szöke and mixing by Peter Tägtgren). The band recorded Khronos and, soon after, toured Europe with Tristania, Vintersorg and label-mates Madder Mortem, during which they were further convinced that they were right to pursue the heaviest and darkest music possible. Just a few days prior to recording Genesis, Rotting Christ played a great one-off in London with Gothic Metal heroes My Dying Bride. Riding the momentum of the show, they secluded themselves between May and June 2002 in order to solely focus on producing the nightmarish, yet still catchy Genesis – an album primed to appeal to the old-school fans as well as those who prefer their more sophisticated and epic tunes.