Bethlehem - Dictius Te Necare CD
When discussing DSBM, it is often overlooked that Bethlehem (Ger) are clearly the true progenitors of this style. No other BM band before them had plumbed the depths of suicidal themes and pitch-black song writing.
'Dictius', their 2nd full length from 1996, is the bands most Black Metal release, whereas all previous albums can get hung up in doomy and funereal territory, this album the ferocity and quality of a European black metal band.
You cannot mention this album without acknowledging its vocal performance. The vocals on this recording, to this day, still stand as some of the most depraved and psychotic sounding on any BM album, and take the feeling of desperation and depravity to new heights within the genre.