Belphegor: Interview With Helmuth Lehner

Publicado: 21/11/2014 por Pedro Mello em Entrevistas, News
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 Helmuth Lehner

I believe that firts question is inevitable. How is the health of Helmuth Lehner? How this problem occurred?

Helmuth: Ave, Pedro. Thanks asking about my health. I had made a poor decision to drink the water from a hotel in Latin America a few years ago and ended up with Typhus. 

I’m doing good now. I’m pleased that I am allowed to play guitar, front my band again. It feels just great, and I am thankful for it. It took me almost 8 months to come back and be able to perform again. First months after the operation were tough. I was always very active my whole life, trained, did everything that was forbidden – many excessive memories stuck in my head where I could fill books. Worst was, I couldn’t play music, I never had such a long break from playing guitar. That was frustrating and new to me that my body showed me so many borders. I hated it to calm down, but I soon realized I can’t win races with only 3 damn wheels, so yeah I had to wait and time went by slowly. RISE TO FALL AND FALL TO RISE, as one of our tracks from the album BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE (2011) says. The important thing is, BELPHEGOR is back, still consistent and rolling in worldwide like a world war tank.

It’s great to know that he’s fine again. Few months after visit South America again, you guys think in to take some kind of special precautions?

Helmuth: I will not drink water from the sinks again, that’s certain. Nowadays, I will always be more careful in my travels…

Humans are full of shit, we poison the race, destroy the earth the water the nature, almost everything in the name of greed and power…that’s why I wrote the song with this lyrical content for GASMASK TERROR.  It’s a shame…we should be the superior species, caretakers of the planet, not destroyers. 

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Conjuring The Dead, Belphegor’s last album.

How has been the receptivity of “Conjuring The Dead”?

Helmuth: Feedback is amazing, man. It was a tough ride, lots of setbacks forced me delay again and again, it lasted over 3 years til CONJURING THE DEAD been unleashed. At beginning it was kinda frustrating. I thought, I never can finish this motherfukking record, then a lot of hate and aggression was in me and I channeled all that into the new songs. I’m very proud of this release, it is a very special one to me, our most mature album to date and one of our strongest. We recorded in Florida with Erik Rutan  He pushed us to be the best we could and it was a great decision to choose him to be the producer of this brutal Lp.

The album gives us some fast tracks and others more rhythmic, but without losing aggressiveness and force. Did Helmuth’s adversity influenced the compositions?

Helmuth: My health issues and recovery affected everything regarding the new album, the writing process, the band, my life. There were many delays and setbacks as I had to submit to my new limitations. I never worked so hard on another release. I always had in the back of my mind, and feared after my life-threatening illness, it could be the last BELPHEGOR album. So I didn’t want to fukk around, I wanted do things absolutely right.

I wanted to have a more Death Metal approach on this Lp, more edgy, raw and  of course brutal. It was time to return to our roots but with musical ability what we have 2014. Also a lot of NWOBHM, which I still adore, flows in the new slasher.

Here’s a kinda track break down, we tried new elements and experimented within our style, which is important for the band´s evolution, without betraying our roots.

CONJURING THE DEAD speaks for itself. A sound wall forged in hell!

IN DEATH is about my return on stage and front my band again, my experience with dancing with the dead. It’s a fast forward Thrash/ Death Metal track with a lot of NWOBHM influences.

THE EYES is an intermezzo, it calms everything down after the first five brutal sound collages. I played the classic acoustic guitar and over that, you hear a lead guitar screaming. Could be almost also a piece of musick from the ingenious New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. 

After THE EYES, we start with this technical Death monster entitled LEGIONS OF DESTRUCTION.

For the exalted REX TREMENDAE MAJESTATIS we added a lot classical tones in the guitar department. The title is taken from WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART’s last composition, REQUIEM. He wrote it in his deathbed. He knew he would die soon. The song has influences by this composition when it comes to the intensity of the atmosphere. I have to be careful with such statements I’m not a composer like MOZART, he was a genius. But this track is exactly what I felt, which my aim was, as I started creating REX TREMENDAE MAJESTATIS and when I listen to REQUIEM.

On FLESH, BONES AND BLOOD we also touched a new territory. The track comes with an industrial feeling and Slam Death Metal guitars, with an ritual atmosphere in the chorus.

The outro/ epilogue of PACTUM IN AETERNUM, all played with nature instruments, most self made, a lot of parts there are played with real bones ( humans and animals…), menacing and dark! They were created by KRAMATACH, an archaic cave band from Austria.

While high speed massacres like BLACK WINGED TORMENT and GASMASK TERROR are typical BELPHEGOR tracks, BLACK WINGED TORMENT is with our beloved LUCIFER INCESTUS our fastest song we ever wrote. BLACK WINGED TORMENT will get premiered during the upcoming Latin America tour.

Which other factors or elements had influenced the lyrics of “Conjuring The Dead”?

Helmuth: It also has to do with the downfall of all humanity. A lot of dangerous shit is happening on the planet right now…time is running out. On top, as always, we praise blasphemy. Anti-god – anti-life, the verses are way more serious this time, also the whole project is, I should say.

I don’t want to describe anything too much to avoid misconceptions. I encourage people with the CD to read the lyrics and form their own interpretations, as well.

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Helmuth And Serpenth.

In 2015, Belphegor’s first album “The Last Supper” will make 20 years. Do you guys think about doing something to celebrate this mark?

Helmuth: It’s unreal that we latested that long, never split up nor changed our attitude…the legacy – the brutal Musick, you know. We celebrate the album by still creating extreme musick and practicing our live rituals all around the world, to glorify magick in the name of Metal.

The cover of “Conjuring The Dead” was made again by the artist Seth. How was the art creation process?

Helmuth: I enjoy his art style and working with him. He also did the art for PESTAPOKALYPSE (2006). I’m damn proud of the new impressions. Seth did an outstanding job and brought amazing ideas to the project. We worked for months on small, intricate details. The teamwork was great. I’m still blown away when I look at the poster with the cover artwork, with all these symbols that have so many meanings.

It was an honor to talk to you, guys. What can brazilian fans expect from the shows that will be performed in Brazil?

Helmuth: Thank you for the space. I prefer to call the people who support us simply “Death-soldiers”, “Maniakks”, and “Demons. I’m not fond of the word “fan”, really.

See the dates below:

05.12.2014 BR Natal Armazém Hall
06.12.2014 BR Rio de Janeiro Espaco Acustica
07.12.2014 BR São Paulo Extreme Hate Festival
       

Legions from Brazil can expect an intense stage performance and skullfukking brutal Musick. Join the rituals in December and go to hell with us..

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