Joy Division singer Ian Curtis killed himself at 23, and judging from songs like "The Eternal" you can safely say he had more than his share of gloom and inner demons. This song is as dark as it possibly gets, an ever so slow "death march", like always in minor keys, and with an utter resignation present both musically and lyrically. "Procession moves on, the shouting is over", messes Curtis at the start of the song and it goes on like that for six minutes. It might not be the most beautiful Joy Division song, but it comes very close. Lifted, as many people will know, from Joy Division's second album Closer, released in July 1980, two months after Curtis' death, and an undisputed classic.
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