"Blood Magick Necromance", the ninth full-length album from Austrian blackened death metal outfit BELPHEGOR, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 48 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Blood Magick Necromance" was released on January 14 in Europe and February 8 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.
"Blood Magick Necromance" was made available in four formats: a limited edition in black slipcase with metallic effect; a strictly limited Nuclear Blast mailorder edition box set, including a bondage necklace and chain (only 500 hand-numbered copies available); a limited picture gatefold LP on blood-red vinyl; LP on black vinyl; and a standard jewel case CD.
BELPHEGOR tapped two artists from Austria for artwork purposes: Helmut Wolech (a fetish photographer and former mortician) and Joachim Luetke for the magickal graphics and cover artwork.
BELPHEGOR is being forced to miss the first eleven shows of its previously announced "God Is Dead - To Hell With God Tour" with DEICIDE due to visa issues. The band will now start the trek in Chicago, Illinois at Reggie's on February 26. Also appearing on the bill are BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY.