Bethlehem is a German extreme metal band from Grevenbroich, formed in 1991. Their early sound contained elements of black metal and death/doom, which was described by critics as "dark metal", after their album entitled Dark Metal.
Many of Bethlehem's songs have morbid lyrics, which may, for the most part, be personal to the band. On Dictius Te Necare (Latin: You must/should kill yourself) Rainer Landfermann, well-known from the German death metal band Pavor, is the vocalist. His voice is described 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 from 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. Andreas Classen, vocalist on Dark Metal also did vocals for Paragon Belial, a German black metal band.
Over the years Bethlehem modernized their style and so the early black and doom metal ...