Here at the Sleeping Village, we keep our most revered albums in....a very special place. Their time may have gone, but they are certainly not forgotten. Today's pick: another one of The Voiceless Apparition's all-time favorites. The man, as you may have noticed, is on a goddamn roll with these retrospectives!
Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Germany is quite known for their metal scene, whether it's the thrash of Sodom, the metalcore of Heaven Shall Burn, the death metal brutality of Morgoth...but then there's Bethlehem. Bethlehem is quite an enigma in the German metal scene. They're pioneers (hell, they basically created dark metal) but also remain underlooked and underappreciated. So for my next review I decided to take on their legendary and underrated debut album known as Dark Metal, released in August of 1994 (exact date unknown) on Adipocere Records. Let's dive in to one of metal's more obscure albums.
"The Eleventh Commandment" begins the album on a catchy and eerily groovy note. The opening riff is superb: filled with melody, dread, and atmosphere. While this song is a great way to begin the album, it DOES NOT represent the album as whole, in my opinion. To drive that point home, track two, "Apocalyptic Dance," is where the album really kicks off. This song is the definition of dynamic. Melding in between spaced out sections and crushing doom, this song is a journey. My favorite part of the song is the last few minutes, because the song fades out, only to re-emerge into a down-trodden and depressive section with piano and a really memorable bass-line to keep you engaged, courtesy of founder Jurgen Bartsch.
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