subject of the death penalty in the UK raises its ugly head every few
years… normally after the latest public outcry over some heinous
crime committed by the scum of the earth. We had it once, a long time
ago, until the wet eared liberals in government succumbed and had it removed
as a form of punishment. Now we happily jail the scum for a couple of
years before releasing them back into society to murder and rape again
at will. Justice the British way. In the USA they have a different take
on the subject. They’ve been shooting, hanging, gassing, poisoning
and sending the scum to old sparky with a gusto to has to be admired.
The fact that they also allow their scum easy access to guns with which
to perpetrate the crimes hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Gun lobby 1.
Innocent bystanders 0. Way to go land of the free and trigger happy.
Order of Black Vision consists of members from Order of Melchizedek, Black
Mayonnaise and Murderous Vision (easy to see how they came up with their
name) and "Twenty Minutes Til Execution" is a 20+ minute single
track release that is possibly one of the most intelligently thought provoking
pieces of music I’ve heard that covers all the bases regarding the
execution of a criminal in America. Using the simple premise of dark experimental
electronic ambience as a backdrop over which every side of the execution
is covered by spoken worded samples taken from the victims family, executioner,
press, priest and others involved in the act of taking that one persons
life. The music has a suitable haunting black alien feel that never intrudes
on the shudder invoking words as the realisation dawns that the death
penalty affects so many different people who partake in the final act
of retribution and justice. The listener becomes a voyeur with a front
row seat as the perpetrator gets to meet his maker. The crowds outside
singing hymns to God for a good job well done.
All of which raises the question of how valid is the death penalty in
today’s age? To some it reduces us to mere barbarians still living
in the dark ages. To others it’s a means to an end. The ultimate
deterrent to protect the populous. Although, with Death Row permanently
filled with those awaiting execution in the USA, just how much of a deterrent
it is becomes itself questionable. "Twenty Minutes Til Execution"
is not only a recording of great depth but it actively encourages debate
over the merits of this eye for an eye punishment. Consider it a companion
piece, or the missing link, between "Buyers Market" by Peter
Sotos, "Green Eyed Demon"’ by Vond and "Prisonblood
(murder 1,2,3)" by I:Wound. An incredible release, conceptually and
musically, that is, quite frankly, beautifully executed (excuse the pun)
and absolutely spellbinding. Your views may change forever after hearing