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Bethlehem

Formed: 1991
From: Grevenbroich, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Bethlehem News

Below is our complete Bethlehem news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Bethlehem Cancels Festival Appearance

Bethlehem has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Black Metal is Rising festival due to an injury:

"Greetings everyone!

"Unfortunately we have some bad news regarding the appearance of Bethlehem at Black Metal Is Rising 7 at the Glazart in Paris on the 1st of July. Our bass player Bartsch had to undergo some surgery on the 14th June and although he did everything possible to ensure that he would be fit to play, a visit to the doctor today confirmed that he wasn’t completely healed and that were he to play, he would risk opening the wound which would mean an even longer recovery time.

"Apart from which, we would not want to disappoint our fans with a show where he was less than 100% up to his usual standard of playing. Please be assured that he will be fit again very soon and back to being able to play live. We are all very disappointed about not being able to give our French fans a dose of live Darkmetal mayhem, but be assured that we will reschedule the Paris show as soon as possible.

"Thank you all for your understanding."

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Bethlehem Announces Co-Headlining Tour

German dark metallers Bethlehem are set to co-headline a European tour with Secrets of the Moon this Autumn. Joining them on the road as support is Romania’s Dordeduh. Routing for the 10 day tour, which will take place in September and October. is as follows:

September
Thu 27 – K17, Berlin, Germany
Fri 28 – Willemeen, Arnheim, Netherlands
Sat 29 – Exzellenzhaus , Trier, Germany
Sun 30 – JH Comma, Bruges, Belgium

October
Mon 01 – Camden Underworld, London, UK
Tue 02 – Kulttempel , Oberhausen, Germany
Wed 03 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Thu 04 – Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
Fri 05 – Bozkov, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia
Sat 06 – Alte Kaserne, Zürich, Switzerland

The following press release was also issued about the band: More...

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Bethlehem Live Footage Posted Online

Bethlehem has posted footage online of the band's performance at the Anti Life Fest in Madrid on March 10th, 2012. Check out the band playing "Gestern Starb Ich Schon Heute" from the "Sardonischer Untergang im Zeichen Irreligiöser Darbietung" album in the player below.

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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More Bethlehem Berlin Footage Available

Bethlehem has posted more footage online of the band performing live in Berlin. You can check out the newly posted clip below of Bethlehem playing "The 11th Commandment" and "Vargtimmen." Previously posted video from the show is also available by heading over to this location.

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Bethlehem Posts Live Berlin Footage

German black metal act Bethlehem has posted footage online of the band performing live at "Under the Black Sun" in Helenenau/Berlin. You can check out the video clip below, or find more details on Bethlehem through the band's MySpace music page here.

In related news, Bethlehem bassist Jürgen Bartsch has posted a new song online from his industrial project Stahlmantel, which can be found at this location.

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Stahlmantel Streaming New Song Online

Jürgen Bartsch of German metal act Bethlehem has posted a new song online from his industrial dancecore side project Stahlmantel. You can check out the new song "Kartago Cluster Wars" below, and Bartsch also commented:

"After a break of a year I have mixed some new Stahlmantel stuff for those who are interested in what I am doing beside Bethlehem. The sooner or later you gonna find some of that stuff at e.g. YouTube or so. A first track already is uploaded there. Check out if you wanna but please don't forget: Electro Haters Hands Off! Thanks and take care."

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

BRUJERIA (Mexico)
AGALLOCH
ARCHGOAT (Finland)
YOB
DYING FETUS
BLACK WITCHERY
UNANIMATED (Sweden)
RORSCHACH
MORGION
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
EXTERMINATION ANGEL

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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Electric Wizard Announced For Maryland Deathfest X

ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:

MORBID ANGEL
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
SAINT VITUS
ANVIL (Canada)
MORGOTH (Germany)
SUFFOCATION
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
DEMIGOD (Finland)
CONFESSOR
UNSANE
BETHLEHEM (Germany)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
GHOUL
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
MACABRE
HAEMORRHAGE (Spain)
OCTOBER 31
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
NAUSEA (California)
BLOODY PHOENIX

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Maryland Deathfest X Initial Bands Announced

The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have confirmed the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place from May 24-27, 2012 at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. The first names for the festival are as follows:

Morbid Angel
Saint Vitus
Morgoth
Anvil
Suffocation
Church of Misery
Demigod
Ghoul
Unsane
Macabre
The Devil's Blood
Bethlehem
Negura Bunget
Today Is The Day
Ulcerate
The Day Everything Became Nothing
Dragged Into Sunlight
Agents Of Abhorrence
Nausea
Bloody Phoenix

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Niklas Kvarforth Comments On Quitting Bands

It was previously announced that vocalist Niklas Kvarforth has parted ways with the band Bethlhehem. Niklas has now checked in with the following announcement about leaving all other projects, including his post with Den Saakaldte, in order to focus on the band Shining:

"A lot of things have been happening recently with Shining, and the rapid growth of the band over the last year, and the commitment that Shining now requires of me has meant that it has become impractical for me to continue working as vocalist with other bands.

"This includes my work with Bethlehem who themselves realized that the band could not continue with myself on vocals. Bethlehem is still my all-time favorite band and I wish them all the best for the future. I will also be quitting as front man for Den Saakaldte.

"From now on, therefore, I will only be making occasional guest vocal appearances on albums by other bands, and my priority will be Shining. My work with Maniac's band Skitliv will not be affected, however, as the vocals and the bulk of the creative work is in his hands.

"As always, myself and the band very much appreciate all the support the fans are giving Shining and their patience in waiting for the release of VII, and there will be some very good news regarding this very shortly"

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Bethlehem Splits With Vocalist

Germany's Bethlehem has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with vocalist Niklas Kvarforth:

"Bethlehem has split-up with Niklas Kvarforth because of personal reasons. Don't worry, all further Live-activities will be done with a new singer who will be worked in at the moment."

You can check out Bethlehem rehearsal footage here or catch the band live on the following dates:

10/7 - Headbangers Ballroom, Osnabrück, Germany Bethlehem (Ger) & Weltbrand (NL)
10/8 - Lindenhof, Ellrich, Germany Bethlehem (Ger) & Weltbrand (NL)

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Bethlehem Posts Rehearsal Footage

Bethlehem has posted 2004 rehearsal footage online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"This is an instrumental Re-Room Live Version of 'Mein Kuss erstickt im Imperativ,' taken from the 'Schatten aus der Alexander Welt' album in 2003. The sound isn't postproceeded and just is presenting the raw re-room power of these days back in 2004. The vid was done in an old World War II bunker in Krefeld/Germany."

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Under The Black Sun Lineup Announced

Germany's Bethlehem has announced the band will be making an appearance at this year's edition of the Under the Black Sun festival, which is set to take place on July 1st and 2nd near Berlin. The promotional poster for the event can be found here, with additional details on the festival at this location.

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

ATRAS CINERIS (Ger)
BAPTISM (Fin)
BETHLEHEM (Ger)
BLOODLINE (Swe)
FIDES INVERSA (Ita)
IMPALED NAZARENE (Fin)
KRATEIN (Ger)
LUGUBRE (NL)
MASSEMORD (Pol)
MONARQUE (Can)
SETHERIAL (Swe)
SHORES OF LADON (Ger)
THORYBOS (Ger)
WINTERBLUT (Ger)

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Bethlehem Posts New Song Online

Germany's Bethlehem has issued the following announcement about streaming the song "Pillerthrillaren" online, which is off the band's "Stoenkfitzchen" mini-album:

"Greetings, we have uploaded 'Pillerthrillaren' for you. This song is taken from the 'Stoenkfitzchen' mini-CD which already is out since some months. The lyrics were written by Kvarforth himself in Swedish language. Enjoy."

You can check out the song at this location.

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Bethlehem Comments On New Mini-Album

Bethlehem has issued the following statement about the band's new mini-album "Stoenkfitzchen:"

"A creative, unique, individual and exclusive product that really sounds like nothing else out there. A traditional blend of Dark Metal which has an 'industrial metal' feel with modern moments and sullen atmospheres. One can tell hours and hours was spent making this release. Kvarforth from Shining goes mental again on main vocals. This release will be a great way to bring the Bethlehem into 2010 and beyond."

You can also hear the new song "Kalt regelt ab die Krankgeburt" via the Bethlehem MySpace page.

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Bethlehem Streaming New Song

Bethlehem has posted a new song online titled "Kalt regelt ab die Krankgeburt," which can be heard via the band's MySpace profile. Bethlehem also commented on the new track:

"We have uploaded 'Kalt regelt ab die Krankgeburt' into the profile player. This song is taken from the upcoming mini-CD 'Stoenkfitzchen' which will be released in some days by Red Stream, Inc., USA."

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Bethlehem To Release Mini-CD

Germany's Bethlehem has issued the following update about releasing a new mini-CD and working on a full-length album:

"Greetings, the recordings for our self-produced Mini-CD are finished. During the last days 'Niklas Kvarforth' did an amazing vocal job in German, Swedish and English. One song was sung by 'Bartsch' himself. The MCD will contain four brand new songs, a new done version of 'Gestern starb ich schon heute' and a bonus track 'the 11th hour...' sung by 'Nihilist' from Seattle/USA.

"At least this MCD should have a total playtime of around 31 minutes. In the next weeks the songs will be mixed and should be released later in this year by Red Stream, Inc. We gonna keep you informed bout a release date. The line-up: Steve Wolz (Germany) - drums, Bartsch (Germany) - bass guitar, piano, vocals, Kvarforth (Sweden) - main vocals, Eckhardt (Germany) - guitars, piano

"Reuben Jordan (USA) of 'Benighted in Sodom' has a guest guitar appearance on two songs which originally were written by himself. In the meantime both songs completely were recomposed by Bartsch and basically have nothing more in common with these original versions. More...

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Metalhit.com Reduces Full Albums to $5.25

Metalhit.com, who handles digital distribution for dozens of underground metal labels has announced new, reduced prices on full album. Here's the update from the label:

"We are pleased to announce that our entire catalog of releases are now just $5.25 for full albums!!! We decided to make this change after studying the opinions of buyers of digital music. A rare handful of titles from labels outside of our influence will have albums available at alternative prices in our store, however, about 95% or more are available for only $5.25!

"In the meantime, please welcome these new releases to our store this month! "

AOSOTH "Ashes of Angels" (filthy black metal w/ ANTAEUS members)
ARTERY ERUPTION "Driving My Fist through her Chest" (sicko death metal)
BETHLEHEM "Dictius te Necare" (re-master of this classic dark metal album)
DISMAL LAPSE "Eon Fragmentation" (latest off of Deepsend Records)
INFEST "Moshroom" (crazy death metal off of Metal Age Prod.)
MIND ASYLUM "L'Aisle de l'Espirit" (French black metal)
NATRON "Rot Among Us" (classic old-school death metal from one of Italy's first death metal bands!)
NECROPTIC "Meticulous Pathology" (technical and insane death metal)
NEUROLEPSY "Disintegrated Cognizance" (brutal death metal from NY)
SEPSIS "With No Mercy" (killer tech-death)
THE BEAST OF THE APOCALYPSE "A Voice from the Four Horns..." (occult/mystical black metal)
VIOLATED "Only Death Awaits" (Norwegian thrash metal!)

Plus titles from:

ASPHYXIATE RECORDINGS (Vassafor, Diocletian, Paganizer, Denial, etc.)
DEATHGASM RECORDS (Quinta Essentia, Nominon)
IBEX MOON RECORDS (Nervo Chaos, Fatalist, Goreaphobia)
MY KINGDOM MUSIC (almost their entire catalog of releases including bands like Crest of Darkness, Rain Paint, and more!)

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