Mussolini Headkick

English industrial rock/ebm band. Members have included King Butcher’s John Butcher, being produced by Revolting Cocks’ Luc Van Acker. The lyrics, as can be inferred from the group’s name, are largely political, with a military bent. Their early sound was a lot more rock, but they moved in the ebm direction after a couple of albums.

Those generally intimidated by industrialists' relentless amelodic pounding may find this group's debut easier to face: the most off-putting thing about Themes for Violent Retribution is the (anti-fascist) cover's swastika. While this part-time party starring Luc Van Acker (of Revolting Cocks) and singer/keyboard manipulator John Butcher (of King Butcher) does employ the form's standard tools — stern beats, found sounds and distorted chants — MH keeps things reasonably musical with an undercurrent of techno-dance conservatism and, on Side B, actual songs with verses, choruses and rough melodies.

The harsher Blood on the Flag, again produced by Van Acker, delves more deeply into the punishing power of electronic percussion and chaotic noise, as Butcher angrily shouts his military-minded political lyrics in topical songs like "Kabul," "Homeland" and "War Drum." With the exception of two near-songs ("Cracking Up" and "Holy War"), the shards of musical intelligence here crop up only as accents, playing a similar role to the audio vérité sound bites.


WAX 7098 Mussolini Headkick - Themes For Violent Retribution album art Mussolini Headkick Themes For Violent Retribution (Album) World Domination Recordings, Antler-Subway WAX 7098 US 1989 Sell This Version
WD 6663 Mussolini Headkick - Blood On The Flag album art Mussolini Headkick Blood On The Flag (Album) World Domination Recordings, World Domination Recordings WD 6663 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WD 6664 Mussolini Headkick - Get Out album art Mussolini Headkick Get Out (Single) World Domination Recordings WD 6664 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
BLOOD 001 Mussolini Headkick - No Sacrifice album art Mussolini Headkick No Sacrifice (Single) Retribution Records, Retribution Records BLOOD 001 UK 1994 Sell This Version