Strength Through Joy

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A Grave For Burning Wings 04:05 Tools
The Force Of Truth And Lies 05:40 Tools
Master And Slave 05:01 Tools
Absolute Power 03:47 Tools
Rosin Dubh 05:55 Tools
The Bridge 05:05 Tools
Ways to Strength and Beauty 07:01 Tools
The Blond Beast 02:36 Tools
The Force Of Truth And Lies (Instrumental) 05:35 Tools
Life's Absurdity 04:20 Tools
The Call Of Amergin 05:20 Tools
A Cold November Crime 07:12 Tools
Salute To Light 00:47 Tools
Do We Need History? 04:48 Tools
Garden Of Blood 04:21 Tools
Garden Of Predation 03:48 Tools
The Song Of Amergin 06:07 Tools
The Frozen March Of Victory 07:05 Tools
End of Youth 05:33 Tools
Youth's Destiny 04:31 Tools
The Northern March Of Victory 06:57 Tools
Do We Need History? (Reprisal) 05:02 Tools
Apotheosis 05:47 Tools
Sun Worship 00:47 Tools
A Cold November Hunt 06:52 Tools
The Rise And Fall Of History 04:51 Tools
Dominions Behind The Sun 07:00 Tools
Rosin Dubh (flute mix) 00:00 Tools
Róisin Dubh 05:53 Tools
Rosin Duoh (Flute Mix) 05:41 Tools
The Blond Beast (Version) 04:50 Tools
The Blond Beast (Reprise) 04:18 Tools
Life´s Asburdity 04:19 Tools
Rosin Dubh [flute mix] 04:19 Tools
I'm A Clit 00:00 Tools
01 - A Grave for Burning Wings 04:01 Tools
Do We Need History¿ 04:01 Tools
Moon River 00:00 Tools
The Force of Truth and Lies .. 05:33 Tools
02 - Rosin Dubh (flute mix) 05:33 Tools
The rise & fall of history 04:50 Tools
The Force of Truth and Lies (vocals) 00:30 Tools
Ways to Strength & Beauty 07:02 Tools
Strenght Trough Joy / The Call Of Amergin 04:50 Tools
1.A Grave for Burning wings 04:20 Tools
Master & Slave 04:59 Tools
Jack The Ripper 00:30 Tools
The Force Of Truth & Lies 04:59 Tools
Do We Need History¿ (Reprisal) 04:59 Tools
Rosin Ouoh 00:30 Tools
Something 00:30 Tools
Strength Through Joy - The Force of Truth and Lies 00:30 Tools
Violence Is The Key 00:30 Tools
Ways To Strength And Beauty (Version) 05:36 Tools
Introduction By Boyd Rice 00:30 Tools
Hey Chuck 00:30 Tools
If You Could See Me 00:30 Tools
Strength Through Joy - Do We Need History 00:30 Tools
Strength Through Joy / Dominions Behind The Sun 07:00 Tools
Life's Asburdity 07:00 Tools
Dominons Behind The Sun 00:30 Tools
No One Knows Me 05:43 Tools
YEAH 05:43 Tools
If I Were Happy 05:43 Tools
The Force of Truth and Lies ( 05:43 Tools
2.Rose Dubh 05:43 Tools
No Relief 05:43 Tools
Life´s absurdity 05:43 Tools
This Is The Liquid Age 05:43 Tools
Isn't It 05:43 Tools
Something II 05:43 Tools
And Another ... and Over 05:43 Tools
01 01-The Force of Truth and Lies 05:43 Tools
Róisin Dubh (Flute Mix) 05:42 Tools
German 101 05:21 Tools
Hate Is The Only Emotion 05:42 Tools
Cross The Wires 05:42 Tools
Fuchsl 05:42 Tools
Funk Me 05:21 Tools
Strength Through Joy - A Grave for Burning Wings 05:36 Tools
Live´s Absurtity 05:42 Tools
The call oAmergin II 05:21 Tools
I.G.A.C.I.M.D. 05:21 Tools
Beautiful Women 05:21 Tools
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There is more than one artist with this name: 1) Strength Through Joy was founded in Adelaide, Australia in 1991 by bassist Timothy Jenn and vocalist Richard Leviathan. Although Jenn had his roots in the gothic musical milieu of Ireland and Leviathan was a bullet-belt wearing black metal fan, the two men seemed to have a lot in common and soon struck up a friendship. Although Leviathan himself had no prior musical experience before meeting Jenn, he wrote some great lyrics and had a distinctive if not good singing voice. After cutting a short demo of dark folk material, the boys in the band wrote to Death In June leader Douglas Pearce to ask his permission to send a demo to him. Pearce responded affirmatively and then pointed out that he actually lived only a little more than 10 kilometers down the road from them. Upon their meeting, Pearce agreed to produce Strength Through Joy's first album as he found himself genuinely impressed with the band's "originality." I'm not sure if that was originality he was hearing or if was hearing what Death In June had sounded like ten years earlier; even Leviathan admits "his (Pearce's) influence on of music is obvious."* Either way, in 1994, Strength Through Joy released a single on vinyl called Dark Rose that featured three songs. Of note is the opener A Grave For Burning Wings on which Douglas Pearce actually sings and plays acoustic guitar, the style of the song presaging Death In June's 1996 album Rose Clouds Of Holocaust. Later that same year, Pearce produced Strength Through Joy's true first full-length album, the Force Of Truth And Lies (the title having been taken from a passage in Plato's famous dialoge the Apology of Socrates). With this album, Jenn and Leviathan develop an identity independent of Pearce while simultaneously not straying too far from the formula for apocalyptic folk music he almost single-handedly developed in the 1980s. As is always the case in this genre, the main basis of melody is the acoustic guitar, but Strength Through Joy for the most part eschewed other traditional neofolk instruments such as violins in favor of an increased role for the keyboard. With somewhat distant production and Leviathan's almost metallic voice, the Force Of Truth And Lies has a truly cold, mechanical feel to it. As I once wrote elsewhere, this album is what Kraftwerk would sound like if Rolf und Florian ever picked up guitars. In 1995, Pearce again produced a Strength Through Joy album, this one being a two-CD set called Salute To Light. Although many people seem to regard this as the superior Strength Through Joy album (there are, after all, only two) I find it really rather uninvigorating compared to its predecessor. On Salute To Light, the band fully dives into the conventions of the genre and almost every song seems unnatural in some way; like each melody was derived because scientific testing has proven that this chord ought to come after that one. While the debut album was, shall we say, gracious in paying respect to its influences, Salute To Light rather seems to want to become the band's influences. In keeping in this vein, Strength Through Joy and Death In June sat down together in 1996 in the studio to collaborate on the KAPO album. The band is officially billed as "Death In June Presents" rather than some other combination of both, but I think it suits it well considering this is more or less a Douglas Pearce album. In the same year, Timothy Jenn moved to Germany and Leviathan moved to England. Surprisingly, the band did not break up: rather it became inactive in 1997 and then changed names to Ostara which continues to this day. 2) Industrial band in the early/mid 80's. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.