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The Wall of Sacrifice [CD]

Death in June Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NER
  • ASIN: B0000272QH
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Catalogue number BAD VC CD88 on the NER label with the following tracks: 1> The Wall Of Sacrifice [16:01], 2> Giddy Giddy Carousel [2:23], 3> Heilige Leben [2:27], 4> Fall Apart [2:29], 5> Bring In The Night [4:20], 6> In Sacrilege [4:00], 7> Hullo Angel [1:36], 8> Death Is A Drummer [9:18].

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 24 Feb 2004
By Guy
Format:Audio CD
That's all, just one word needed to describe this album ...stunning. From beginning to end, this album is a masterpiece and it's such a shame to think that not a great deal of people know about it. 'The Wall Of sacrifice' album came from a time (1989) when Douglas Pearce (who IS Death In June) was going through a difficult period personally. In fact, this was intended to be the final DIJ album - however, thankfully this was not to be and he returned a couple of years later, with the awesome 'But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter'. The album opens with the 16 minute tour de force that is, 'The Wall Of Sacrifice'. The chiming of some clocks heralds the albums opening, and are joined by a piano and millitaristic percussion. This carries on for a couple of minutes, until we hear 'First you take a heart and then you tear it apart', which is repeated over and over, until war breaks out (literally!) - the track becomes a German history lesson - German millitary songs, sounds of bomber planes, a child singing in a foreign language (can't tell what - German??) and the return of the millitaristic drums/piano combination and the chiming clocks! Ok, so my description doesn't sound very cohesive, but it's a difficult one to describe. Basically, the track is a collage of war sounds and millitaristic percussion/piano. All very stirring stuff. Track 2 is 'Giddy Giddy Carousel', a much more straight forward track and one with a more familliar DIJ sound. Just simple accoustic guitar, some percussion and backing vox from the lovely Rose McDowall. 'Heilige Lieben' is, like track 1, rather different to what DIJ were doing at the time. An atmospheric, almost ambient drone, with Rose McDowall's vox appearing in the mix every so often. It's rather beautiful to be honest. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Go Round 12 Jan 2012
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Experimentally yours, slightly infused with 60's bubblegum, this never goes pop but digs its hole in the pit of pathos. It ripples to the inner chords of a non demented folk psychedelic beat of harp strummed malevolence rather than lilts to a happy clappy culture of enforced bonhomie of happiness. A true trip, rather than a mass sugar coated pill.

It has those magical tunes, Hullo Angel, time to die, a perfect pop song, for a dreaming youth,trapped in a bliss of self destruction, Giddy Carousel is a twirl with Doug around a life pole, as Rose coos her last farewell. There over there, points David in finest asthmatic Catweazelean breathe. Whilst he sings his songs of despair, existential angst arises as a moist, brisk fog of autumn. It lifts up from the brown leafed copse, to enwrap itself around the spark of a memory as the sun beams in fragments, to the let the light in. There is something upliftng about the despair.

Out of the Tin Drum, bangs a central European madness, a kaleidoscope of sounds as we set the fox in the mittel land off for the kill. Germanic noises abound, and it raises, for me, no passion, only the musical chaos of a bewildered nation coming to terms with its drunken particular excess, as its childhood complex trauma finally rears its head in a wild abandon. Waking up in the morning it surveys its night time deeds and asks who broke in and killed the baby?

Meanwhile as reality dawns with its head in its hands, it whispers quietly.

When I was drunk last night, what did I really do?
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