The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (album)

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The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord
Studio album by Cabaret Voltaire
Released November 1985
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 69:40
Label Virgin, Caroline Records
Producer Cabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
Drinking Gasoline
(1985)Drinking Gasoline1985
The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord is the seventh full-length studio album by the Electronic band Cabaret Voltaire. The album was released on Some Bizarre Label in November 1985. The album's title was shortened to The Arm of the Lord for the United States .[2]


Cabaret Voltaire struggled with several censorship issues with Some Bizarre Virgin Records upon the release of this album. The original title, The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, was forced to be shortened in America to avoid reference to the US white supremacist organisation. Musically, the album featured a more abrasive, sample-heavy sound than its predecessor and contained many sexual innuendos in the lyrics which Virgin Records took objection to. Several speeches by Charles Manson were also mixed in between songs. Cabaret Voltaire were warned by their record label that they were required to have a charting single or face getting dropped, so the group subversively released a music video for the track "I Want You" which Richard H. Kirk later admitted was about masturbation.

The album peaked at #57 in the UK,[3] which secured their future with the label. However the group switched to EMI for the release of Code, their 1987 follow up album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "L21ST" – 5:33
  2. "I Want You" – 4:40
  3. "Hells Home" – 5:10
  4. "Kickback" – 5:37
  5. "The Arm of the Lord" – 1:44
  6. "Warm" – 3:21
  7. "Golden Halos" – 5:13
  8. "Motion Rotation" – 4:03
  9. "Whip Blow" – 4:57
  10. "The Web" – 4:49
  11. "Sleepwalking" – 8:24
  12. "Big Funk" – 8:09

11 and 12 are CD bonus tracks from the Drinking Gasoline EP.


Cabaret Voltaire


  • Fish, Mick (2002). Industrial Evolution: Through the Eighties With Cabaret Voltaire. SAF Publishing. ISBN 0-946719-46-2.
  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Cabaret Voltaire: The Arm Of The Lord
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 89. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.