Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Death in June - The World That Summer (1986)

Sometimes I just want to feel goth, goddamnit. There is a tenebrous rain going on outside right now, and its very apt weather for Death in June. Although they are unmistakably gothic in nature, they aren't the cheesy, over-the-top sort, or the cheapened Hot Topic goth you may think of when you hear the word. They're an elegant and refined breed of goth, their influences stretching far and wide, not to be pidgeonholed by simple labeling. From violent post-industrial to somber neo-folk, Death in June's Douglas P. is known for his eruptive elegies about sorrow, sado-masochism, historical symbolism, among countless other things, often sewn together with heavy religious and ritualistic ties. Also known for his obsession with strange masks, paganism, and nazi aesthetics (although not a neo-nazi himself, as he has made clear in a number of interviews), Douglas P. is an odd fellow. He also has a fascination for Yukio Mishima, which a couple of the songs on The World That Summer are dedicated to ("Hidden Among the Leaves," and "Death of a Man"). A very transitional album for the band, containing some Death in June classics ("Come Before Christ and Murder Love" and "Break the Black Ice") as well as some experimental pieces, as they began to steer towards a more folkish route. So bust out your blackest wardrobe and pop open a bottle of red wine, push play, and let the basking gloom seep in.

Rating: 8/10

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