Borghesia ‎– Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti

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FV-LP-001, TOTÒ 05/43 Borghesia Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti(LP, Album, Red) FV Založba, Totò Alle Prese Coi Dischi FV-LP-001, TOTÒ 05/43 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
DE-010 Borghesia Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Red) Dark Entries DE-010 US 2010 Sell This Version
DE-010 Borghesia Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP) Dark Entries DE-010 US 2010 Sell This Version
DE-010 Borghesia Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP) Dark Entries DE-010 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Borghesia Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Not On Label (Borghesia Self-Released) none Slovenia 2017

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Stahlnetz1

Stahlnetz1

August 4, 2017
referencing Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti, LP, Album, Red, FV-LP-001, TOTÒ 05/43
So sad this gem has only been rereleased on vinyl. It deserves a CD issue!
kon_rad_05

kon_rad_05

March 3, 2011
referencing Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Red, DE-010

Superb re-mastering, excellent replica of the original cover (including large size poster art). Great job by Dark Entries label!
heroinface

heroinface

December 7, 2010
referencing Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Red, DE-010
Borghesia is an electronic music group from Ljubljana, Slovenia, created in 1982 by Aldo Ivancic and Dario Seraval who were members of the alternative theater troupe FV-112/15. Along with Laibach, Borghesia is the most successful band from the territory of former Yugoslavia who launched the activist movement and managed to turn sexual freedom into an important political issue by creating the New Slovenian Art scene. After two cassette-only releases the band recorded their debut vinyl LP "Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti" ("Love Is Colder Than Death") during the winter of 1983-84. The band was eager to use early sampling techniques to construct tracks from cut up radio noises and movie dialogue. They developed their own brand of EBM (Electronic Body Music) that combined symphonic synthesizers (Korg PolySix), funky basslines, military drum beats (Roland TR-808) and harsh, crisp sequenced rhythms that repeat in trance-like loops (Roland TB-303). All songs from "Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti" were all sung/recited in Croatian and used the imagery of the prohibited, tabooed and repressed. Equal parts Chris and Cosey, Cabaret Voltaire, Art of Noise and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
All tracks have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley. Pressed on blood red vinyl, each disc is manufactured with its own unique pattern: no two discs are identical. Each LP is housed in an exact replica of the original 6-panel fold out poster with lyrics and photos. Limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies.
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

October 11, 2007
referencing Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti, LP, Album, Red, FV-LP-001, TOTÒ 05/43

Sometimes you don't really understand the politics of music reissues. A lot of useless crap has been reissued in luxurious digipacks with remastered sound and tons of bonus tracks, while a fundamental album of 1980s' underground electronics like this never even saw the light on CD! The first Borghesia LP is musically original and stimulating, although today inevitably showing the years in which it was recorded, and lyrically intense and dramatic. The title is the Slovenian translation of "Liebe, kälter als der Tod", a film by Fassbinder. It's not a chance, since Borghesia were gays and used a lot of leather-men aesthetics, both on LP covers and in the lyrics. "On", in particular, the album's highlight, is a very strong and effective representation of violent male BDSM, with an almost religious feeling "he bleeds on the altar, looking for benediction". The political side is not less disturbing, especially on "Kdo Je Ugasnil Luč", talking about red and black dictatorships and their ruthlessness, or the shocking "Tako Mladi": "so young and dead, floating on the bottom, the flag waves, while seagulls look for flesh bits".
Their music is not standard EBM, don't expect Klinik or 242, this is a very strange mixture of sampled guitars, sometimes electrofunky rhythms (also to be massively found on KMFDM's early albums) and influences from Severed Heads and synthpop.
Not as brilliant, original and influential as their compatriots Laibach, Borghesia were however a great band and would today deserve to be available to more people, especially this excellent debut album and the mini-LP "Njihovi Zakoni, Naša Živiljena".