Douglas P. went in the 80’s from a classic Brittish punk band, to emerge into one of the most controversal and challenging neofolk band, Death in June. Dark and dripping with misanthropy, Death in June provokes both the liberal left and conservative right by using old germanic imagery associated with national socialists and neo-nazis, and being openly homosexual and writing misantropic and anti-religious lyrics.
But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter is a solid album filled with some gems and some lackluster tracks. Death is the Martyr of Beauty starts of the album calmly and seats the tone for the rest of the album and is a great song. He’s Disabled is a nice little jab agains the apathetic, false christian God. Little Black Angel and the title track are the best songs on the album and some of the better neofolk songs I have heard. The rest of the song kinda falls through the consciousness and dosen’t really have any “punch” to them. (Ku Ku Ku is an exception)
But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter is not his most provocative album or maybe not even his best, but it is still a solid neofolk album and a good place to start if you haven’t heard Death in June before.
1. Death is the Martyr of Beauty
2. He’s Disabled
3. The Mourner’s Bench
4. Because of Him
5. Little Black Angel
6. The Golden Wedding of Sorrow
7. The Giddy Edge of Light
8. Ku Ku Ku
9. Hollow of Devotion
10. But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?