Death In June – Lives At The Edge Of The World / Brest – France (DVD – SMR)

Posted on 14/02/13

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Genre/Influences: Neo-folk.

Content: This DVD is the ultimate release for all die-hard fans of the legendary Death In June. There is so much to say about this band, which is often considered to be one of the pioneers of neo-folk music. Over the years Douglas P and his acolytes created a lot of controversy. Because of their military image and the use of controversial symbols (mainly referring to Nazism) Death In June has often been a very hot topic for discussions. The least I can say is that from a pure political point of view Death In June has created a lot of commotion and misunderstanding… often leading them to cancel concerts.

Listeners have to make up their mind about this band. This DVD features 3 live gigs Death In June did in Brest (France). This is a unique opportunity to get 1 DVD featuring 3 complete live performances recorded in 2011, 2005 and 2002. This is a real Death In June visual orgy featuring 81 (!) songs and more than 4 hours of images plus galleries of unseen pictures and even a poster. This is also a way to analyze the evolution of the band on stage, but after more than 30 years of commitment, Douglas P no longer has anything to prove. The 3 different performances are quite similar and feature the most legendary songs the band has ever written.

Together (since the 90s) with John Murphy (previously involved in SPK and more recently in Knifeladder) on percussion, Douglas P perfectly knows how to entertain his audience. Dressed in military camouflage uniforms and wearing their legendary white masks the duo looks quite scary. Douglas P mainly plays the guitar, but alternates with drums while he sings throughout the entire gig long with a clear, captivating and alluring voice.

The DVD still is a look back to more than 30 years of involvement and an impressive career with an endless number of releases. A song like “C’est Un Rêve” probably remains one of the all time favorites, but I also have to mention tracks like “She Said Destroy”, “Kameradschaft”, “Ku Ku Ku”, “Tick Tock”, “Leper Lord”, “The Enemy Within” etc. Speaking for myself, I’m missing a song like “The Calling”, which at the other side is probably not their most neo-folk inspired cut they made.

The gigs were performed in a front of an attentive audience, creating a kind of sacred union between the fans and their idols. The show of 2002 was featured in black & white, which is a cool variation to both other performances filmed in color. The 2002-show ends with a little surprise seeing Boyd Rice (Non) climb on stage for the interpretation of the Non-song “Total War” featuring Douglas P and John Murphy on percussion. The shows are quite sober without special effects and without a light show. You feel like an intimate atmosphere symbolizing the union between the band and their fans. After the 2nd show you get an interesting montage of pictures taken from a show Death In June did in a bunker in front of 50 people. It here again characterizes the intimacy of the performance.

Conclusion: You clearly have to be a Death In June addict to fully enjoy this DVD. More than 4 hours of visuals is quite exhaustive if you simply like some of their work, but not much more. This is a unique piece of visual material that will please the worldwide fan bases of Death In June.

Best songs: “Kameradschaft”, “She Said Destroy”, “C’Est Un Rêve”, “Ku Ku Ku”.

Rate: (Elise Din:8)ED.

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