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Encyclopedia > Bethlehem (German band)

Bethlehem is a German dark metal band from Grevenbroich. The band was founded in 1991 and formed the term Dark metal with their same named debut album. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...




Many of Bethlehem's songs have morbid and sick lyrics, which may for the most part be personal to the band. On Dictus Te Necare (lat. You should kill yourself) Rainer Landfermann, well-known from the German Death metal band Pavor, is the vocalist, whose voice is described by Kostas Panagiotou in his review on dark-metal.de 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 Meyer de Voltaire, the vocalist from Schatten aus der Alexanderwelt and Mein Weg, is also well-known with his Band Aardvarks. His vocal performance is equally extreme, though a lot more varied.

Over the years Bethlehem modernized their style and so the early Black and Doom metal influences are now hardly present, the band favouring a more Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness), Gothic and Electronic approach. In 1998 Bethlehem collaborates on the soundtrack for the American underground movie Gummo with the tracks Schuld uns'res knöcherigen Faltpferds and Verschleierte Irreligiösität. Black metal started in the early 1980s with bands such as Bathory, Mayhem, Mercyful Fate, and Hellhammer/Celtic Frost; as well as Venom to a lesser extent (due to their influence on Bathory and Hellhammer/Celtic Frost). ... Doom metal is a form of heavy metal that emerged as a recognized genre of metal in the mid-1980s. ... Gothic rock (also called goth rock or goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... Gummo is a 1997 cult film written and directed by Harmony Korine, better known for his writing contributions to Larry Clarks controversial 1995 film, Kids. ...


The band gained notoriety early on, when a German teenager had purchased dozens of copies of their demo and used them to construct a sort of altar in his room. This outraged his mother, who embarked on a moralistic crusade against the band, she perceived was damaging her son and other children with their lyrics and music. Her lobbying, among other things, prompted the authorities to ban Bethlehem from performing in several cities, a ban that apparently held through the mid-1990's. Bethlehem appear to be weary of official harassment in their interviews, but at the same time willing to stir up more controversy. This includes overt references to suicide and confronting photos, featuring a member injecting something into his arm and the dead body of their one-time singer Andreas Klassen. The latter is rumored to be a hoax, being a grainy picture showing a man resembling the "Dark Metal" era singer hanging by his neck from a ceiling rafter.


Albums and Singles

A vinyl EP from Crop Circles. ... A vinyl EP from Crop Circles. ...

Other Publications and Cooperations

  • Various Artists [Red Stream] - To Live Is Ever To Be In Danger (1999)
  • Gummo [Soundtrack] (1998)


Actual (Mein Weg)

  • Jürgen Bartsch: Bass (all the time), Electronics, Synths (Mein Weg)
  • Steve Wolz: Drums (Profane Fetmilch Lenzt Elf Krank, Schatten aus der Alexanderwelt, Mein Weg);
  • Olaf Eckhardt: Electric Guitars (Schatten aus der Alexanderwelt, Mein Weg)
  • Andreas Tekath: Session-Keyboards/Piano (on Mein Weg)

Former Members and Cooperations

  • Guido Meyer de Voltaire: Vocals (Schatten aus der Alexanderwelt, Mein Weg)
  • Reiner Tiedemann: Keyboards (Schatten aus der Alexanderwelt), Remixes (Suicide Radio)
  • Klaus Matton: Electric Guitars (until Profane Fetmilch Lenzt Elf Krank)
  • Marco Kehren: Vocals (on S.U.I.Z.I.D.; Reflektionen auf's Sterben)
  • Markus Lossen: Drums (on S.U.I.Z.I.D.; Reflektionen auf's Sterben)
  • Cathrin Campen: Vocals (on S.U.I.Z.I.D.; Reflektionen auf's Sterben)
  • Rainer Landfermann: Vocals (on Dictius Te Necare)
  • Steinhoff: Drums (until Dictius Te Necare)
  • Classen: Vocals (until Dark Metal)
  • Oliver Schmidt: Session-Keyboards (on Thy Pale Dominion)

External links


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Dark metal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (191 words)
Dark metal is a subjective term used to describe European metal bands from various genres that have used traits from gothic metal, doom metal, death metal and fl metal such as synthesizer use, acoustic guitar experimentation and/or operatic female vocals.
The term was formed by the German Band Bethlehem with their album Dark Metal from 1994.
This term is often used by the media and fans to describe already known bands in various metal genres, grouping them together due to themes that are considered dark in comparison to most popular music.
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