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Bethlehem : Dark Metal

This is the first full-length album of a very promising band. Bethlehem is, together with a band like Empyrium, the ultimate evidence that German metal is not always meant to entertain at metal parties beer drinking macho's with leather coats and big bellies. Their heavy and threatening dark metal, succeeds in creating a mysterious, gloomy atmosphere without the use of keyboards or other atmospheric instruments.

The guitar sound on this album is very heavy and dry, creating a depressive atmosphere without evoking feelings of sadness. The dark and miserable music of Bethlehem doesn't need any gothic elements and it has nothing to do with gothic metal. The vocals are grim and vary from deep grunts and growls to high-pitched screams. It is mostly because of those vocals, that many fans consider Bethlehem to be a black metal band. Nevertheless, the music on this work is very heavy and doomy, and the accelerated parts are quite sparse. Perhaps the most appropriate definition of the sound of this band is the title of this album: 'Dark metal'.

The apocalyptic dark metal of Belthlehem is certainly not food for softies or gothic doom addicts. Heaviness, depression and gloominess are the key words here. The night is dark and cold, and it looks as if even the sun doesn't dare to make its appearance any more.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
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*

4. The Witching Hour (from swedish)
8. Praise the Endtime

Duration : Approx. 69 minutes

Visit the Bethlehem bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Rotten Copper
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