Bethlehem - Biography





Black Metal band from Grevenbroich (Germany). Formed in 1991.

Many of Bethlehem's songs have morbid and sick lyrics, which may for the most part be personal to the band. On Dictius Te Necare (latin for "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 in his review on 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".