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Bethlehem : Dictius Te Necare

Wow, Bethlehem have a new vocalist. This fact is very difficult to ignore since this vocalist, who listens to the quite German sounding name Landfermann, has one of the sickest and most extreme voices you'll ever hear from a human being.

His very intense, over-the-top screams, that sound very aggressive and very vulnerable at the same time, fit perfectly with the concept of this album. "This album is dedicated to all suicide victims" they write in the booklet, but I would say that a potential suicide candidate is the last person that should be allowed to listen to this work.

The sound on 'Dictius Te Necare' is very heavy and dry as in 'Dark Metal', but they also added a very macabre "feel" to this album. The tempo went somewhat up, to fit better with the screaming vocals, but the production is still very dark and gloomy. The lyrics are this time written in German, because J. Bartsch, the lyricist and main composer behind Bethlehem, felt that he can only express himself exactly as he wants in his mother tongue. Those lyrics are very poetic and complicated, which sets Bethlehem further apart from the black metal scene. I still wonder though if they make any sense, because I still have to meet the first person who can give a satisfying explanation of those cryptic writings (Bartsch is the last one you should go to if you want a clear and non ambivalent explanation).

If Bethlehem weren't already a cult band since 'Dark Metal', they certainly became one after this album. But this doesn't mean that we should allow Suie, our suicidal columnist, to listen to this masterpiece of gloominess and incurable pain.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
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

1. Shade From the Alexander World
2. The Anarchic Liberation of the Eye-Withness-Religion
3. Aphelion - The Black Snake
4. Promise - You, Crown of the Death Cult
5. Masked Irreligion
6. Diary of a Stillbirth
7. Thorn of My Allmighty

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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