Dictius Te Necare
I came across this only days after I'd first heard Bethlehem's first
CD ("Dark Metal"). Having thought the first one was a great slab
melancholic black/doom (oops, dark) metal, I thought I'd give this
one a listen.
THE VOCALS!...The vocals...the vocals...I just don't know where to start..
When the first strains of "Schatten Aus Der Alexander Welt" close in, you
immediately stop what you're doing, and walk closer to the CD player.
The vocalist (Bartsch?), is absolutely phenomenal. I haven't been
this awestruck by a "singer" since...wow...King Diamond?
That's not a comparison, but a guide, to how different this guy is. No
operatic wailings, but painfully schizophrenic snarls and screams. Its not
blind screaming either, he actually manages to keep in emotive sync with
the music, which at times really takes a back seat. I can't even begin to
imagine what this guy LOOKS like when he's singing.
The music itself is also top notch, sprawling from towering doom to
sinister black metal, with ease untold. "Die Anarchishe Befreiung Der
Augenzeugenreligion" is total doom epic, starting of with some early
Cathedral style riffage, sprinkled with some Moonspell-like interludes,
and then back to a pace-y black metal style, crossing into Celtic Frost
territory a few times. Phew!
On to probably my favourite song on the CD, "Verheikung - Du Krone Des
Todeskultes". This song has an almost rock tempo to it. When the guitars
and the bass drop out, it sounds like this song was recorded in a big
empty water tank or something, the echo sounds killer. Also check out
the last song on the CD "Dorn Meiner Allmacht", with its sloth-like bass
and crunching guitar sound. Half way thru this song, the band sound like
they've taken a couple of valium (well Bartsch anyway), and it mellows on
out from there.
Unfortunately (for all us mono-linguals) all songs/lyrics are in German,
although the fact that "This Album Is Dedicated To All Suicide Victims",
dare I say it, is a fair indicator to what the lyrics are about. This
album is proving itself quite addictive...overall, I can sum this album
up in the only two words I can remember from high school German classes...
Sehr sehr sehr sehr sehr GUUUUUHHHTTTTT....
Rating : 9.5/10 (probably a 10/10 at the end of this week)
© 1998 brett