The Fourth Reich
was an EP
released by the Icelandic New Wave
in 12" vinyl format.
For this work Þeyr recurred to a stronger use of percussion and rhythmic efforts than previous works, where the songs "Metamorphosis" and "Blood" outstands due to their deep percussive orientation.<br>This single was released in the UK
Banning in the UK
This EP was released in the UK
through label Shout
but its original front cover was banned and replaced by a new one with black-colored background and just the title in red gothic characters. The name The Fourth Reich
could lead to confusion because the title seems to suggest a continuation of the Third Reich
. Actually, the image cover depicts Austrian psychiatrist
and psychoanalysis Wilhelm Reich
with a red armband
similar to that used by the nazis
, but in this case, the armband had the symbol of the orgone
physics, which represented duality
and its origins in unity, referred by Reich as functionalism.<br>As a matter of fact, this release was a tribute to Reich, since Þeyr members were interested in his works. The back cover of this record also featured an image of Reich being escorted from the courthouse in Portland
when he was arrested in 1956.
This image is accompanied by a German
inscription which reads the following:<br>Gemäss der Verordung des Reichspräsidenten vom 28. Februar 1933 ist die Verteilung aller ausländischen Veröffentlichungen der......