Mussolini Headkick ‎– Themes For Violent Retribution

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World Domination Recordings ‎– WD 6661, Antler-Subway ‎– WD 6661
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A1 Your God Is Dead
Written-By – Butcher*
3:53
A2 Europe
Written-By – Butcher*
4:20
A3 Space To Breath
Written-By – Butcher*
4:22
A4 Forgotten
Written-By – Butcher*
4:22
B1 Jesus Collects
Written-By – Tyler*, Butcher*
3:47
B2 Plain Unhappy
Written-By – God (5)
3:44
B3 The Eagle Has Landed
Written-By – God (5), Butcher*
4:29
B4 Death Path
Written-By – God (5)
3:05

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This release includes an insert with the songs lyrics and an explanation of their anti-nazi political views.
Some copies came in a white plastic bag with a "Anti-Fascist Product" sticker on front.

Made in Belgium
(P) BE'S Songs 1989

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 413443 666118
  • Barcode (String): 5413443666118
  • Rights Society: SABAM
  • Rights Society: BIEM

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Shangfu

Shangfu

July 6, 2013
The first track "Your God Is Dead" is the main reason to get this album. It has quickly grown into one of my favourite guitar industrial tracks mainly thanks to the angry, venomous attitude and the massive chorus. Angry, heavy, danceable and VERY punk, this song is a must-have for any industrial rock/metal and ebm fans.

Rest of the album is very varied but unfortunately nowhere near a powerfull as the first track. Tracks Europe and the chilling and dark Forgotten are definitely still worth a listen though. This album really sounds like these guys were still trying to find their own sound and experimented with lots of different influences giving the album a chaotic feel and unfortunately many of these experiments just didn't work out. The second album Blood On The Flag is a much more unified and solid release, but then again, it does not have standout tracks like Your God Is Dead or Forgotten....

Overall this album is a good purchase as a relic from the era when industrial rock/metal was much more than just generic metal with trance synths and black metallish vocals. The few brilliant songs here and the massive variety push this album far above most of the stuff made nowadays in this style.
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

June 14, 2005
edited over 7 years ago

Less convincing than the following dramatic "Blood On The Flag", Mussolini Headkick's debut album lives on the contrast between a rather easy and melodic EBM/beat music and sharp, angry and political lyrics.
"The Eagle Has Landed" refers to a certain eagle that is imposing its rule on the entire world (no, not that other eagle 60 years ago). "Hey Europe" is one of the few political songs talking directly to Europe as a whole that I know ("Hey Europe, are you ready for this?"). Probably the best track is "Forgotten", a freezing and desperate song about an old actress who lives her last, sad days in the poverty and cold of a motel in Berlin.
I also appreciate very much "Your God Is Dead", which in the chorus immediately calls to mind Nine Inch Nails' "Heresy" and "Wish", as there is more than one similarity between these songs... were it not that "Themes For Violent Retribution" was released in 1989...
The cover sports a painting by John Heartfield, famous anti-nazi artist who realized a lot of propaganda art pieces against Hitler and the III Reich. Of course, much like with Laibach's "Opus Dei" (that used another of his paintings), nobody understood a fuck about it and the record had to be released inside a white censorship bag with a sticker claiming that this was no fascist music...
Let me quote the chorus from "Your God Is Dead", and let words speak for themselves:

"You nailed him up now you tear him down
Your head held high your heart so proud
Too blind to see the evil in you
Once a week you flock like fools
YOUR GOD IS DEAD"