BETHLEHEM
Depressive Black Metal / Death-Doom Metal / Metal Related / Gothic Metal / Black Metal • Germany

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Black Metal band from Grevenbroich (Germany) known for being one of the pioneers of death doom metal with their 1994 album 'Dark Metal'. Despite popular belief, dark metal is fictitious as a genre. Later, they would switch gears to a more depressive black metal sound.

Bethlehem's songs have morbid and sick lyrics about suicide, death and madness that may for the most part be personal to the band. They are very difficult to understand even for German speakers for their complexity and because they are full of metaphors.

On Dictius Te Necare (lat. You should/must kill yourself) Rainer Landfermann, well-known from the German Death metal band Pavor, is the vocalist, whose voice is described by Kostas Panagiotou as "one of the sickest and most extreme voices you'll ever hear from a human being". On S.U.I.Z.I.D. his place is taken by Marco Kehren of the band Deinonychus. Guido
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Prophecy 2016
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BETHLEHEM albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.99 | 6 ratings
Dark Metal
Death-Doom Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Dictius Te Necare
Depressive Black Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 2 ratings
Sardonischer Untergang Im Zeichen Irreligiöser Darbietung
Depressive Black Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Schatten aus der Alexander Welt
Metal Related 2001
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Mein Weg
Gothic Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
A Sacrificial Offering to the Kingdom of Heaven in a Cracked Dog's Ear
Black Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
Depressive Black Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bethlehem
Depressive Black Metal 2016

BETHLEHEM EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflektionen auf's Sterben
Depressive Black Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Profane fetmilch lenzt Elf Krank
Depressive Black Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wraithen / Bethlehem
Depressive Black Metal 2002
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Suicide Radio
Depressive Black Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alles Tot
Depressive Black Metal 2004
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Gestern starb ich schon heute / Have a Nice Fight
Depressive Black Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suizidal-Ovipare Todessehnsucht
Depressive Black Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stönkfitzchen
Depressive Black Metal 2010

BETHLEHEM live albums

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Bethlehem
Death-Doom Metal 1992
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Thy Pale Dominion
Death-Doom Metal 1993

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Hau Ab
Depressive Black Metal 2014

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Dark Metal
Doom Metal 1993
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Gepriesen sei der Untergang
Depressive Black Metal 1997

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BETHLEHEM Dark Metal

Album · 1994 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Dark Metal" is the debut full-length studio album by German death/doom metal act Bethlehem. The album was released through Adipocere Records in August 1994. It was recorded in January 1994 at Tape Productions in The Netherlands. "Dark Metal" has seen quite a few re-releases throughout the years, as the album´s reputation as a "cult" classic has grown.

Stylistically the music on "Dark Metal" is death/doom metal with a blackened edge. The blackened edge is mostly due to the occasionally snarling higher pitched vocals, that resemble black metal vocal style. There are also deeper growling vocals and spoken word sections on the album. So the black metal elements are few and far between and it´s also more death/doom metal type artists like (early) Paradise Lost, Winter, (early) Katatonia, and especially (early) My Dying Bride (without the violin) that the music on "Dark Metal" reminds me of.

The music is predominantly slow and doomy, occasionally faster though, sometimes atmospheric and always drenched in melancholy. The tracks feature pretty unorthodox structures, and while I wouldn´t use the word "progressive" about them, they certainly don´t follow the regular vers/chorus format. Sometimes it´s to an extent where the tracks sound fragmented like the case is with the 11:00 minutes long "Apocalyptic Dance", which is a track featuring many different sections, that doesn´t flow that well. The band even fade some sections out to introduce others, which to my ears is a pretty cheap compositional trick used to disguise lack of compositional skills. I usually hail adventurous and unconventional structures and songwriting in general, but this comes off slightly amaturish.

The good thing about "Dark Metal" is the dark and occult atmosphere, which is backed up well by the equally dark and organic sound production. The musicianship are generally on a decent level too and especially some of the lead guitar themes and the vocals are delivered with conviction. While I´m not as impressed by "Dark Metal" as others seem to be, I can understand the "cult" classic label, that the album has been given, and if you can hear past the occasional compositional glitches, it is indeed a very strong blackened death/doom metal release. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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