• Bethlehem ‎– Bethlehem (Vinyl, LP)

    Bethlehem ‎– Bethlehem (Vinyl, LP)
    Label: Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO202LP
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, White
    Country: Europe
    Released: 27 Mar 2020
    Style: Black Metal

    Self-titled albums usually suggest either a questionable «return to the roots» or a band reinvention of sorts. For brooding black metal beasts, Bethlehem, however, the release of the eponymously titled ‘Bethlehem’ marks the 25th anniversary of the group, which the German group celebrates in their own wayward style.

    ‘Bethlehem’ is a welcome rejuvenation in every respect. When the line-up that recorded their 2014 release, Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, fell apart, founding member/mastermind Jürgen Bartsch took the bull by its proverbial horns and matters into his own deviceful hands.

    After long-standing drummer Wolz returned to the fold, Bartsch recruited Russian guitarist Karzov (who took on a major role in Bethlehem’s songwriting) and a new singer: none other than Onielar from German black metal stalwarts Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult! Onielar’s deranged vocals add to the psychotic morbidity of ‘Bethlehem’, an album that conjures a fresh take on Bethlehem’s mid-to-late-90s sound that, says Bartsch, is «anarchic as always”.

    Ultimately, ‘Bethlehem’ encompasses everything the progenitors of Dark Metal are about, combining the group’s early harshness with an outrageous catchiness and the experimentalism Bethlehem has always boasted, all crowned with a production that perfectly balances both rawness and power.

    Bethlehem’s ninth LP is a symphony of sickness in the truest sense of the word!

    Edition:

    • Gatefold LP (white 180g vinyl), incl. padded inner sleeve and protection sleeve (500 copies available)

    Tracklist:

    1. Fickselbomber Panzerplauze
    2. Kalt’ Ritt in leicht faltiger Leere
    3. Kynokephale Freuden im Sumpfleben
    4. Die Dunkelheit darbt
    5. Gängel Gängel Gang
    6. Arg tot frohlockt kein Kind
    7. Verderbnisheilung in sterbend’ Mahr
    8. Wahn schmiedet Sarg
    9. Verdammnis straft gezügeltes Aas
    10. Kein Mampf mit Kutzenzangen

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  • Alcest ‎– Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde

    Alcest ‎– Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde
    Label: Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO 090LPX, Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO090LPX
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, 10th Anniversary Edition
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2017
    Style: Black Metal, Shoegaze

    Released in 2007, Alcest’s debut album, «Souvenirs d’un autre monde», marks the starting point of the band’s extraordinary career.

    With the release of «Souvenirs d’un autre monde», Alcest mastermind Neige forged a luminous new sound that floats on the fringes of metal, yet incorporates emotions of euphoria, bliss and nostalgia. The singer and multi-instrumentalist dedicated the album to his childhood memories of experiences in a spiritual otherworld; personal themes that would become conceptual cornerstones of subsequent Alcest albums.

    «Souvenirs…» became known as one of the fundamental releases of the Blackgaze / Post-Black Metal genre, a record that continually influences countless other bands in its wake, and was selected by Pitchfork as one of its «50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time».

    Anniversary LP edition:
    – 180g vinyl (black)
    – Gatefold cover featuring original LP cover artwork (Not used since the first pressings!)
    – Din A2 poster with original LP cover artwork
    – protection sleeve

    Tracklist:
    1. Printemps Emeraude
    2. Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde
    3. Les Iris
    4. Ciel Errant
    5. Sur L’Autre Rive Je T’Attendrai
    6. Tir Nan Og 

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