Upon landing in Russia yesterday (April 19th 2016) to begin their short tour across the country alongside headliners Nile, Helmuth Lehner – vocalist for Austrian blackened death metal Belphegor – was attacked by a man, known as Анатолий Артюх (Anatoly Artyukh), who is reportedly a known Orthodox fanatic.
The attacker first spat in Lehner‘s face, seemingly without being provoked from the footage, before following him and the remainder of the band and crew out of the airport to taunt them, and attempted to hit the frontman before they left.
You can watch a video of footage of the attack embedded below:
This is far from the first known case of an upheaval against metal musicians touring and performing in Russia, most notably in 2014 when Marilyn Manson was forced to cancel some scheduled dates – including one in Moscow following a bomb threat.
Behemoth were also forced to cut their May 2014 in the country short, after being asked to leave after allegedly violating Russia’s visa regulations. Whilst still in the country, several tour dates were cancelled following a string of protests by Christian activists, with some local media reporting concertgoers being attacked.
The band’s latest full-length, ‘Conjuring The Dead’, is available now through Nuclear Blast Records.