Blackstrobe* ‎– Burn Your Own Church

Playlouderecordings ‎– PLAYR 23CD
CD, Album

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1 Brenn Di Ega Kjerke 6:37
2 Shining Bright Star 5:32
3 Girl Next Door 4:38
4 Blood Shot Eyes
Lyrics By – Arnaud Rebotini
5 Not What You Need
Backing Vocals – Vanessa Redd
6 I'm A Man
Music By, Lyrics By – Ellas Bates*
7 Lady 13 5:07
8 You Should Be 4:49
9 Buzz Buzz Buzz 3:56
10 Last Club On Earth 7:14
11 Crave For Speed
Backing Vocals – Vanessa Freeman

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Issued in Digipak [without the "Digipak" logo / mention]

Engineered in London at East Studios and Miloco Studios, Neve Room except tracks 2 & 6 at Assault and Battery Studios, London, UK and track 11 at Assault and Battery and the Miloco Studios, Neve Room, London, UK.

℗&© 2007 Playlouderecordings Ltd.

Catalog number printed on the disc as playr 23cd.

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 09008 30232 3
  • Label Code: LC 14865
  • Matrix / Runout: sonopress arvato 52275064/PLAYR23CD 21
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB 50
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 07104

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PLAYR23CD blackstrobe* Burn Your Own Church(CD, Album) Playlouderecordings PLAYR23CD Ukraine 2007 Sell This Version
WPCB-10022 blackstrobe* Burn Your Own Church(CD, Album, Dig) Beggars Japan WPCB-10022 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
PLAYR 23LP blackstrobe* Burn Your Own Church(2x12", Album) Playlouderecordings PLAYR 23LP UK 2007 Sell This Version
WPCB-10022 blackstrobe* Burn Your Own Church(CDr, Album, Promo) Beggars Japan WPCB-10022 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
PLAYR 23CD blackstrobe* Burn Your Own Church(CD, Album, Promo) Playlouderecordings PLAYR 23CD US 2007 Sell This Version


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October 21, 2011

Though I wish Arnaud Rebotini would return to his Zend Avesta project, Blackstrobe really isn't too terrible. Sure, BURN YOUR OWN CHURCH, shows off its rock swagger and axe-grinding right away with "Brenn Di Ega Kjerke." The darkness continues on "Shining Bright Star," with Rebotini's vocals channeling the Sisters of Mercy, and the angry electro-grind pounds its way into "Blood Shot Eyes." The country-rock-blues of "I'm A Man" actually is quite a bit of fun, even if Alabama 3 got there first. The combination of electronics and black metal has always been an uneasy one, and even if Blackstrobe can't pull it off 100% ("Last Club On Earth," for instance, goes on a bit too long without coming to a head; "Crave For Speed" grinds away by doesn't go anywhere), they put in a darn good effort. The electronics on "Buzz Buzz Buzz" are quite catchy and perhaps shows Rebotini where his strengths really lie.


April 21, 2008
My introduction to Black Strobe was through the nearly perfect "Chemical Sweet Girl" EP. I'm a huge fan of their combination of vintage 80s synths and a very dark, aggressive sound. My least favorite thing about Black Strobe is definitely Arnaud Rebotini's voice. However, my favorite thing about Black Strobe is Arnaud Rebotini's compositions.

Unfortunately, Burn Your Own Church is basically a showcase for Rebotini as the front man of a rock quartet. The songs are enjoyable enough, but his vocal work really brings them down a few notches and at times makes them somewhat annoying. The album retains the dark, aggressive sound, but with the synthesizers being replaced by guitars.

In my view, this is a major bummer. The 80s synth sounds were the defining characteristic of Black Strobe and as nice as it is that Rebotini wants us to know he's multidimensional, removing the synths also removes the essence. He as, in effect, turned Black Strobe into a rather ordinary rock quartet with a woefully inadequate vocalist.

There are few tracks that remind us what Black Strobe used to be and at times Rebotini's new direction works. Here I'm thinking of his cover of "I'm a Man". Other songs like "Shining Bright Star" would be awesome if Rebotini had a better voice or wrote better lyrics. It's not really even his Franglais delivery that irritates me - it's more basic things like intonation and depth.

It's a decent album and if you loved their previous material, this is worth picking up. I've said it's like an average rock quartet and I don't quite mean it literally. You can still tell it's electronic and it's still got an edge over a typical pop record, but it IS a departure from "Me and Madonna" or "Chemical Sweet Girl". If you're picking your first Black Strobe album, choose the Chemical Sweet Girl EP instead.