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Laibach

Laibach is an industrial project that started in Trbovlje, Slovenia, in 1980. Their name is taken from the German name for Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, and this reference to World War II occupation was the first of many provocative and ambiguous statements in their long and chameleonic career. Laibach were founder members of the art movement NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst — “New Slovenian Art”) and are one of the few musical groups able to claim real influence on the history of their home country.

Laibach are best known for their cover versions of pop songs which have been ...read more

Laibach is an industrial project that started in Trbovlje, Slovenia, in 1980. Their name is taken from the German name for Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, and this reference to World War II occupation was the first of many provocative and ambiguous statements in their long and chameleonic career. Laibach were founder members of the art movement NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst — “New Slovenian Art”) and are one of the few musical groups able to claim real influence on the history of their home country.

Laibach are best known for their cover versions of pop songs which have been rerendered in such a way as to reveal formerly hidden or unnoticed messages, often commenting on political totalitarianism or rock stardom’s own forms of dictatorship.

However the bulk of Laibach’s output is their own work. Their own early experiments with totalitarian ambiguity led to them being outlawed in then-Communist Yugoslavia; their name was made illegal so the band resorted to using their black-cross emblem on posters instead. To this day their work deals with similar ideas but frequently Laibach reference their own legendary status and tongue-in-cheek-y play with the kinds of in-jokes a band accrues in over 25 years of work.

Laibach’s musical style has varied a lot over the years. They began as avant-garde industrial musicians, producing what could best be described as ambient noise but soon discovered the joys of the martial rhythm. Having produced a couple of albums of heavy martial industrial music, they began to expand sonically. Following the collapse of Yugoslavia their difficult but rewarding album Kapital included hip-hop influences among many others and Nato borrowed from techno while keeping the bombastic atmosphere. The next offering Jesus Christ Superstars came after quite a hiatus and it may have shocked a lot of people with its balls-out metal guitar riffs. The 2003 album Wat returned to a more electronic sound.

Volk was released on October 20, 2006, preceded by the single Anglia. The album contains 14 songs composed and produced together with Silence, inspired by national anthems. « hide

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LPs
Spectre
2014

3.1
14 Votes
Laibachkunstderfuge
2008

3.3
9 Votes
Volk
2006

3.9
34 Votes
WAT
2003

4
22 Votes
Jesus Christ Superstars
1996

3.8
12 Votes
NATO
1994

3.9
14 Votes
Kapital
1992

4.1
7 Votes
Macbeth
1990

4.3
6 Votes
Let It Be
1988

3.7
7 Votes
Krst Pod Triglavom - Baptism
1988

3.6
7 Votes
Opus Dei
1987

4.1
31 Votes
Nova Akropola
1985

3.6
9 Votes
Laibach
1985

3.9
8 Votes
EPs
Tanz Mit Laibach
2003

3.5
1 Votes
Sympathy For The Devil
1990

3.8
2 Votes
Live Albums
Monumental Retro-Avant-Garde
05/14/2012

5
2 Votes
Volk Tour, London CC Club 16.04.2007
2007

The John Peel Sessions
2002

3.5
2 Votes
M.B. December 21 1984
1997

4
1 Votes
Occupied Europe NATO Tour 1994-95
1996

4.5
1 Votes
Ljubljana - Zagreb - Beograd
1993

2.5
2 Votes
The Occupied Europe Tour 1985
1991

Compilations
The Videos [DVD]
2004

Anthems
2004

4.4
4 Votes
Slovenska Akropola
1987

4.3
2 Votes
Rekapitulacija 1980-84
1985

5
1 Votes

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