Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Death in June - DISCOGRAPHY

Death in June
1983 - 2013
Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Neofolk, Post Punk, Military Industrial, Harsh Noise, Experimental
For Fans Of: Sol Invictus, Current 93, Throbbing Gristle, Crisis

While looking for one of the last few Death in June albums I didn't have, I accidentally stumbled onto this fantastic cache of the band's entire works, so I figured I couldn't not post this one. Formed by Douglas Pearce, Tony Wakeford, and Patrick Leagas following the breakup of Crisis, Death in June became one of the most influential bands in the development of Neofolk as a genre. Beginning as a post punk band, Death in June and only remaining original member, Pearce, has developed his musical, and aesthetic, style into an instantly recognizable array of hauntingly beautiful pieces of acoustic guitar, wind chimes, accordion, military-esque war drumming, and segments of experimental dark ambient on tracks such as "Death is a Drummer" which are often coupled with bits of harsh noise. Always walking a fine line between the experimental, the conceptual, and the acoustic/folk elements of music, often all on the same album, Death in June is something very unique, I doubt I or anyone else will ever find something else quite like it- if all of the work below seems a bit daunting (and there is a lot) then I recommend starting with a compilation such as Disc-Criminate, and from there possibly moving onto works such as Nada!, Burial, Take Care and Control, and All Pigs Must Die to name some of my own favourites. Death in June is also full of controversial aesthetic allegory to Nazi Germany, and seeing as Pearce will never outright say what his beliefs are, its hard to know what his real ideals are- he has some pretty damning quotes that people often refer to but here's my problem: I don’t trust any of them. Pearce is a known prankster who has spent tons of time teasing, enticing, subverting, poking fun at,  fabricating, presenting himself as a bad boy, flat out bullshitting, etc. Does Pearce believe some of those things he said 100%? Maybe. Are a lot of them false and were said to purposefully wind people up? Definitely. I really doubt he actually holds any racist/right-leaning/etc beliefs and if anything I think that Death in June's imagery is meant as both historical commentary and intentional provocation. However the music speaks for itself, you can never really know until you listen to it and I promise you won't find anything remotely à la Skrewdriver, Absurd, etc below.

The Guilty Have No Pride (1983)
Burial (1984)
Nada! (1985)
The World That Summer (1986)
Brown Book (1987)
The Wall of Sacrifice (1989)
Ostenbraun (collaboration with Les Joyaux De La Princesse) (1989)
But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? (1992)
Rose Clouds of Holocaust (1995)
Death In June Presents: Occidental Martyr (1995)
Death In June Presents: Kapo! (1996)
Take Care and Control (1998)
Operation Hummingbird (2000)
All Pigs Must Die (2001)
The Rule of Thirds (2008)
The Snow Bunker Tapes (2013)
Cathedral of Tears (1993)
Sun Dogs (1994)
Kameradschaft (1998)
Passion! Power!! Purge!!! (1998)

The Guilty Have No Paste (bootleg)
The Phoenix is Rising
Oh, How We Laughed
Night and Fog
Only Europa Knows
Frankfurt Sound Depot
Something is Coming
Black Angel Live!
White Hand of Death (bootleg)
Zum Nussbaum (bootleg)

Lesson 1: Misanthropy
93 Dead Sunwheels
The Corn Years
The Cathedral of Tears
Free Tibet!
Abandon Tracks


  1. Was able to see DIJ twice in the past 12 months, both times were great!!!!

  2. Tremendo aporte! se agradece infinitamente! he andado buscando este material pos años! aun no encuentro "The Whole of Love" si lo tienes, agregalo por favor! saludos!!!

  3. check out a site called "who makes the nazis" for more DIJ\Pearce info

    1. Yaaaawn....
      DIJ is far more exciting than that lame and stupid leftykid bullshit and scolding - that besides also is in fact nothing more than embarrassing "muh my fascism is better than yours".

  4. Muchas gracias, estupendo aporte.

  5. could you reup lps? mediafire shut it down

  6. greetings, may you have the Born again EP ? i`m serching for it. thanks

  7. But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? (1992)
    Mi favorito...gracias por la info.