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Bethlehem - Suicide Radio (5/10) - Germany - 2003

Genre: Industrial Black Metal
Label: Red Stream
Playing time: 36:03
Band homepage: Bethlehem

Tracklist:


Movies:
  1. Weicher Stuhl
  2. Tagebuch einer Totgeburt
  3. Bethlehem Radio
  4. Nexus
Songs:
  1. Das Faltpferd
  2. Weicher Stuhl
  3. Nexus
  4. Religion isst Auge
  5. Der Alexander Welt
Bethlehem - Suicide Radio
Remaining somewhat of an enigma in the Metal realm, BETHLEHEM continue to evolve from their "Dark Metal" debut into a band that becomes harder to pigeonhole. On "Suicide Radio" BETHLEHEM attempt to please more than just your audio sense, and incorporate the visual sense as well. After a somewhat difficult "Schatten aus der Alexander Welt" the audio portion of "Suicide Radio" is much easier to listen to. Comprised of a mixture of their newer, more electronic dark ambient Metal, and their older blackened style. For the most part, the music is really well done, and the dark electronic songs are much more enjoyable than those found on "Schatten aus der Alexander Welt", and of course, it's always refreshing to hear some older style BETHLEHEM.

The part I was most anxious for was the audio-visual portion, and unfortunately, it fell very short. It seemed that BETHLEHEM's music was so well suited for a, or several, short conceptual cinematic piece. Instead, we're presented with a handful of videos that have no correlation between them. To make matters worse, individually the videos themselves embody too many obvious clichés to be taken seriously. Flashing 'You must kill yourself' across the screen word by word is something too obvious for BETHLEHEM to do, considering their suicide music history. Other than that, random war images, death and even some misplaced live images fill out the rest of the videos. Everything you would expect, and nothing you wouldn't.

The real disadvantage to this CD is the dependency on a computer. Of course, the computer is a crucial part for watching the videos, but it didn't have to be so when it came to the music, but unfortunately, it is. Going through the whole multimedia feature in order to hear the songs on this CD is a boring and time consuming task, that ultimately make all but the most hardcore fans pass over this CD when looking for something to play.

Although the concept behind the CD is great, it's execution is highly flawed. It isn't a bad CD by any means, but it has many negative aspects to it, which make it hard to enjoy. (Online August 21, 2003)

Mark McKenna



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