Death in June: BWEWTSS?

tyrrexOne of the better songs by neo-folk (pagan folk?) luminaries, Death in June, is the title track from their album, But What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? Besides this, my favorite album by them is the out-of-print classic, 93 Dead Sunwheels. The band is socially linked to the bands Coil, Current 93, Sol Invictus, Nurse With Wound, and The Legendary Pink Dots, and has also been an influence on many modern post-black metal bands.

The band is notoriously surrounded by controversy via their use of Nazi imagery, symbolism and motifs throughout their band history (never mind the long-standing alliance with ex-Neo-Nazi/Satanist, Boyd Rice). The band side-steps all accusations with press statements (Douglas P. is gay, our friends are Jewish, these songs are actually about something else, etc.) and claim to have no interest in actual white supremacist views.

This is actually all probably true, because the band is only interested, above all else, in being antagonistic, subversive, and emotionally manipulative (energy vampires!). So the controversy is intentional. A poor excuse for artistic integrity, but sometimes they write catchy tunes.

(Why the fuck am I posting this on Yom Kippur?)


~ by chaosrexmachinae on September 28, 2009.

2 Responses to “Death in June: BWEWTSS?”

  1. boyd rice is many things, and certainly has a dodgy musical output, but neo nazi is pretty slanderous.

  2. I said he was ex-NeoNazi, a claim discussed here:

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