Coming from Brittany (western France), BELENOS
was formed as one-man-band by Loïc Cellier in 1995. BELENOS
is the Celtic/Gallic god of the sun.
Influenced by the early Black Metal scene of Norway, the
music of BELENOS always was and remains a mix of Black Metal
(fast and dark) and Pagan Metal (dark and slow parts with
Celtic choirs) . The universe of BELENOS is like a lonely
journey through wild, dark moors and old traditions of the
After 3 demo tapes BELENOS turned into a real band and started
to play live. In 2000 they signed with Sacral Prod. who
released their highly acclaimed albums 'Errances oniriques',
'Spicilège' and the 2-CD demo compilation 'L'ancien temps',
which gained them many fans in France and around the globe.
At the end of 2004 BELENOS became a one-man-band again and
stopped all live activities. In 2006 Adipocere records released
BELENOS third album 'Chants de bataille' which had been
recorded with the help of session drummer Gilles Delecroix
One year later BELENOS signed with Northern Silence Productions
who released the critically acclaimed fourth full length
'Chemins de souffrance' that same year and in 2009 the completely
rerecorded and improved version of the long sold out debut
album 'Errances oniriques' .
In early 2010 BELENOS with a line-up completed by 3 session
members, returned to the stage to play 4 very successful
festival gigs in France.
The new full length 'Yen sonn gardis' was recorded between
Dec'09 & Apr'10 at BELENOS home studio as always and
mixed/mastered at the same place in june'10 . The entire
album is sung in Breton, the old Celtic language of Brittany,
which is very similar to Cornish but is spoken by a mere
200 000 people throughout the world. As always, the lyrics
deal with classical themes such as winter, death, pride,
nature, Celtic legends and rituals, ancient battles.
In early 2012, "Spicilège" the long sold out album from
2002 comes back in a new A5 digipack format limited to 1000
copies and including new artwork, original remastered sound
and 7 bonus tracks (live, unreleased versions).
The band played in many concerts: french tour with Seth
and Glorior Belli, Hellfest, Fimbulfest (ger)...
In early 2013, "L'ancien temps", the early Belenos material
compilation, comes for the first time in a complete fashion.
The 2013 version features "Notre Amour Eternel" from 1996,
"Triste Pensée" from 1997 and, unlike the sold out Sacral
press from 2004, also the "Allégorie d'une Souffrance" demo
from 1998, as well as 3 bonus tracks, clocking at no less
than 126 minutes.
Main concerts of this year were: Dublin, Montréal,
Cernunnos fest, motocultor fest.
In 2014 and 2015, Belenos was working hard on the new album
called "Kornog" which means in Breton "West"
This new album was released september 2016
CURRENT LIVE LINE-UP:
from left to right:
(bass, backing vocals) [Malysteria]
Marc Le Gall (drums)
Antoine Guibert (guitar,
Past live members:
Gilles Delecroix (drums)
Guillaume Dallery (guitar, backing vocals)
David Foulon (bass)
Marc Devillers (drums)
Yann Desaulty (bass)
Denis Sokowicz (drums)
Raphaël Fontaine (guitar)