March 15: Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre Album Review (Vinyl Only release)


March 15′s newest vinyl release “Our love becomes a funeral pyre”, was maybe one of the greatest surprises that landed my inbox recently, as it brought up memories from my glorious industrial past back in 1999; when I first started spinning releases over the radio such as NON, DAF, Psychic TV and Suicide. The mastermind behind this LP release, Sami Albert “Witchfinder” Hynninen – who is mainly known to the wider audience for his participation with other bands such as TÄHTIPORTTI, REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, OPIUM WARLORDS, SPIRITUS MORTIS and AZRAEL RISING, decided to wrap up some old school tracks (originally composed in 2004) and add a couple of new ones (2010 and 2013) in order to produce this “vinyl only” edition; which will be limited to 315 copies only and available on February the 14th. 

Now, do not get tricked by Valentine’s Day – most of the tracks were intended to be released on the same date but 10 years ago, back in 2004. However, for various reasons this was not possible to happen, apart from a poor 2008 release in Chile. Fast fowarding to today, Svart Records remastered and expanded it with a whole B-side of a new exclusive material and chose the same date as its official release date.

The LP consits of five tracks and what I particularly liked about it is that despite the individual chronological differences of the tracks’ composition date, there is a consistency in sound and composition throughout the whole LP. From hard power noise influences that we can spot on the intro track “Our Love becomes a funeral pyre”, to a more ambient noise trippy moment with “No love lost” to the fat analogue synths and spoken words of “Claustrophilic love of the warm dark places…” and “The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name”; the LP closes with the again ambient – but more aggressive/noisy in comparison to “No love lost” – “Love under will”.

Why this was not released 10 years ago, god only knows, but I do know that this LP would have a great appeal to a more old-school industrial audience, back in 1995 and 2000. This statement of course does not devalue the project, quite the contrary, it gives a unique “collectable” value to the LP and with 315 copies only available I would rush and secure my copy as soon as possible. This is something worth having to your LP collection for sure.

Posted on by Vassago in Experimental, Industrial, Music, Noise

About Vassago

Vassago is from Athens, Greece, but spent much of his upbringing in Brussels. Music and computer games are his two biggest passions - he's been an obsessive since the age of five, when he bought his first PC - an MSX Canon. Currently he lives in London where he works as a senior digital analyst and SEO/PPC consultant trying to outwit Google! He has been reviewing albums and conducting interviews and band reviews since the late 90′s, via an Athens-based radio station and through magazines such as Starvox (Retired), GothicTronic American Online (Retired), Chaotika (Retired) and even had his own publication Enochian Apocalypse, which had more than 10.000 registered members over ten years. He has also played bass for a couple of bands and released two electronic soundtrack albums through Hypervoxx/BMI under the name Akron.

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