Origin: Germany
Genres: Black Metal
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Bethlehem  


A strange yet compelling entry in the black metal field, German experimentalists Bethlehem have been around just over a decade, with each succeeding album pushing beyond the boundaries of the last. The band has often promoted itself as "dark metal", which is apt, as their music is dark in the truest sense. A good album to start might be their third, often abbreviated as S.U.I.Z.I.D. as the real title is a mouthful, that being Sardonischer Untertag In Zeichen Irreliogiosen Darbietung. With their earlier efforts being squarely in the black metal camp, by this time they were already starting to work with different ideas, the album itself being a blend of blistering black metal and morose doom, with several quiet moments interspersed to give the album a real sense of death. The guitars are mixed rather distantly (similar to old-school black metal albums in sound quality), lending the album a bleak atmospheric effect. The vocals, too, are a blend of tortured shrieking, some death growls, and the occasional clean vocal. Quite an intense listen. By their fifth album, 2001's Schatten Aus Der Alexander Welt, their experimentalism was at a high, as this album is much more an ambient industrial soundscape than anything resembling traditional metal. Even their more conventional songs are an earful, tricky to get one's mind around what they are trying to accomplish. A very interesting band, even if not for everyone.

Current Members

Guido Meyee De Voltaire

vocals/keyboards

Olaf Eckhardt

guitars

Jürgen Bartsch

bass (Deinonychus)

Florian Klein

drums

Former Members/Guests

Classen

vocals

Rainer Landfermann

vocals

Marco Kehren

vocals (Deinonychus)

Catherin Campin

vocals

Kvarforth (Niklas Olsson)

vocals (Manes, Skitliv)

Klaus Matton

guitars

Reuben Jordan

guitars

Reiner Tiedermann

electronics

Steinhoff

drums

Markus Lossen

drums

Steve Wolz

drums (Deinonychus)


Discography



Dark Metal 
1994 Adipocere
  1. The Eleventh Commandment
  2. Apocalyptic Dance
  3. Second Coming
  4. Vargtimmen
  5. 3rd Nocturnal Prayer
  6. Funereal Owlblood
  7. Veiled Irreligion
  8. Gepriesen Sei Der Untergang
  9. Supplementary Exegesis
  10. Wintermute
  • Classen
  • Klaus Matton
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Steinhoff




Dictus Te Necare 
1996 Red Stream
  1. Schatten Aus Der Alexander Welt
  2. Die Anarchische Befreiung Der Augenzeugenreligion
  3. Aphel - Die Schwarze Schlange
  4. Verheißung - Du Krone Des Todeskultes
  5. Verschleierte Irreligiosität
  6. Tagebuch Einer Totgeburt
  7. Dorn Meiner Allmacht
  • Rainer Landfermann
  • Klaus Matton
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Steinhoff




S.U.I.Z.I.D. 
1998 Red Stream
  1. Durch Befleckte Berührung Meiner Nemesis
  2. Du Sollst Dich Töten
  3. Gestern Starb Ich Schon Heute
  4. Teufelverrückt Gottdreizehn
  5. Tote Weike Marder
  6. Nexus
  7. Luftstehs'bläh
  8. Als Ich Noch Caulerpa Taxifolia Erbrach
  9. Tod Ist Weicher Stuhl In Gar Fleischlos' Gift
  • Marco Kehren
  • Catherin Campin
  • Klaus Matton
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Markus Lossen




Reflektionen Auf's Sterben 
1999 Red Stream
  1. Wolfsstunde(Vargtimmen)
  2. Yesterday I Still Had A Beer Today
  3. Angst Atmet Mord
  4. You Must Play With Yourself
  5. Vargtimmen
  6. Reflektionen Auf's Sterben
  • Marco Kehren
  • Catherin Campin
  • Klaus Matton
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Markus Lossen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



Schatten Aus Der Alexander Welt 
2001 Prophecy
  1. Radio Ein, Radiosendung1
  2. Maschinensohn
  3. Radiosendung2
  4. Somnambulismus in Maschinenzimmer 30
  5. Radiosendung3
  6. Mein Kuss erstickt im Imperative
  7. Radiosendung4
  8. Mary Samaels NFB 418
  9. Dunkle, kalte Materie
  10. Radiosendung5
  11. Das Teir ass den Mutterwitz
  12. Radiosendung6
  13. Rost, Wahn, & tote Gleise
  14. Radiosendung7
  15. Tod einer Dieselkatze
  16. Radio Aus
  17. Aus dunkler Ritze fruchtig Wahn
  18. Der Dorsch
  19. Bis Bald
  20. Rote Lampe
  21. Tal
  22. Mi
  23. Nautilus
  24. (Harmann) E.
  25. Pantegane
  26. (H&G) Saltatrix
  27. Marzahn
  28. Aeter
  • Guido Meyee De Voltaire
  • Olaf Eckhardt
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Reiner Tiedermann
  • Steve Wolz

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



Suicide Radio 
2003 Red Stream

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Mein Weg 
2004 Red Stream
  1. Aalmutter
  2. Allegoria
  3. Knochenkorn
  4. Frl. Deutsch
  5. Felbel Fittich
  6. Dr. Miezo
  7. Elf Soffitten
  8. Einsargen
  9. Im Sog
  10. Maschinensatan
  • Olaf Eckhardt
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Reiner Tiedermann
  • Steve Wolz

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



A Sacrificial Offering To The Kingdom Of Heaven.. 
2009 Red Stream
  1. Devilcrazy God Thirteen
  2. Thou Shalt Kill Yourself
  3. Yesterday I Already Killed Myself Today
  4. Dead White Marten
  5. Through Stained Touch Of My Nemesis
  6. Nexus
  7. Lingering Fart (A Fart Standing Still)
  8. As I Still Puked Caulerpa Taxifolia
  9. Vargtimmen
  10. Death Is Soft Stool...
  11. Reflections On Dying
  • Kvarforth
  • Olaf Eckhardt
  • Reuben Jordan
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Steve Wolz




(EP) Stönkfitzchen 
2010 Red Stream
  • Kvarforth
  • Olaf Eckhardt
  • Jürgen Bartsch
  • Steve Wolz


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