NewsOctober 21, 2011 11:40 AM ET5,251 views

Belphegor frontman undergoes "serious" operation

Austrian blackened death metal band Belphegor has cancelled their upcoming tour dates as frontman and founding member Helmuth Lehner has undergone a "serious and difficult operation," the details of which remain unknown. The band has issued the following statement: "We have to inform all friends and supporters of Death/Black Metal titans Belphegor that all activities are stopped since the end of September. Frontman/founding member Helmuth Lehner went through a serious and difficult operation 16 days ago, after the South American tour. As result of this, Belphegor has to cancel all shows until May 2012. Thanks for all your support and understanding. We will keep you up to date on his condition in the following weeks."

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