Laibach
Opus Dei


5.0
classic

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
November 9th, 2009 | 33 replies | 8,001 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When we all give the power we all give the best, every minute in the hour we don't think about the rest, and everyone gives everything and every soul everyone will feel.....

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Slovenian act Laibach have always been a controversial group, appearing sometime in the early 80's as part of the Neue Slowenische Kunst art collective throughout their career they have flirted with all kinds of provocative and confusing political statements that have had them accused of both left-wing and right-wing sympathies at times. Whether through adopting a camp totalitarian aesthetic to their image by wearing uniforms, performing live shows as political rallies, subverting the themes of western pop music through their unusual covers or the Wagnerian influence over their music Laibach has always thrived on being a provocative force.

Opus Dei is perhaps the groups most well known release, primarily on the strength of its title single (a cover of Live Is Life by pop group Opus) and it's incredibly camp music video which if anything goes to great lengths to prove one thing: nothing will ever be more epic than caribou on the mountain. Watch it and see. Every track here is an exceptionally strong exercise in martial industrial and neo-classical, from Geburt einer Nation (a cover of Queen's One Nation) to F.I.A.T to The Great Seal (later adopted as the official NSK state national anthem, long story) the militaristic feel of Opus Dei in it's pounding drums, crowd chants, use of classical samples and the throaty, deep vocals of Milan Fras manages to be both hilarious and captivating all at once.

Leben hei├čt Leben is the German language version of the English cover of Live Is Life, distinguished by well, being spoken in German and having a natty guitar solo towards the later half. Geburt einer Nation kicks some serious ass, with an iconic organ sample, a crowd chanting and the sound of gunfire a stomping military march of an unrelentless rhythm ensues. Leben - Tod has a similar kind of tone but is a little more restrained with a chugging riff driving it. F.I.A.T. is one of my personal favourites, opening with an incredible classical section the main rhythmic part of the song is very moody in tone, with a lone sample speaking of the desolation of war -

"You are in black darkness and confusion
You have been hugger, muggered and carom-shotted into a war, and you know nothing about it.
You know nothing about the forces that caused it,
or you know next to nothing.
You are not to win this war.
Yon cannot win this war.
"

It is a very atmospheric track. The rest of the music on offer here showcase the prowess of Laibach in conjuring up militaristic sounding industrial compositions, spiced with enough of a hint of classical pompousness to sound almost cartoonish in delivery but also something else, passionate. The Great Seal is an important track not only for Laibach but for the cultural art movement of Neue Slowenische Kunst they grew out of enough to be adopted as it's official anthem, capturing their whole philosophy in just a few lines.

"We shall go on till the end,
We shall fight on the seas and oceans,
We shall fight with growing confidence and brave strength in the air,
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.
We shall fight on the beaches,
We shall fight on the landing grounds,
We shall fight on the fields and in the streets,
We shall fight on the hills...
We shall never surrender.
"

Heavy stuff. The swell of strings that follows these lines is some of the most heartfelt, gorgeous music I have ever heard.... and so ends the album. Unless you have the edition with a few extra bonus tracks, all of which range from not bad to good. I won't judge Opus Dei by these however. Opus Dei is a masterpiece of its genre. There is no band quite like Laibach, and assuming a love it or hate it type of relationship the average listener will find with this group they are at least worth checking out once.



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Meatplow
November 9th 2009



5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbB1s7TZUQk

This is up there with the most epic of epic music videos.

Poet
November 9th 2009



5910 Comments


Holy shit that is epic, especially the awesome choir at the end. I'm getting this like right now.

Meatplow
November 9th 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, it has that effect. I hope you enjoy.

Piglet
November 10th 2009



4644 Comments


i tried not to laugh at that video at the start, but yeah it's really really really epic, as the saying goes

Meatplow
November 10th 2009



5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YE_j0xIsJA

this comes very close. the drummers are cool

Piglet
November 10th 2009



4644 Comments


LIFE IS LIFE!!(!!!!!) dundun da dun da dun-da-du da,
LIFE IS LIFE!!! dundun dun da dun da durrr

Meatplow
November 10th 2009



5524 Comments


Once that song enters your consciousness it will never leave.

taylormemer
November 10th 2009



4887 Comments


Oh man this sounds awful.

Meatplow
November 10th 2009



5524 Comments


I beg to differ.

I will allow that it is an acquired taste, however.

taylormemer
November 10th 2009



4887 Comments


Certainly see where Rammstein stem from though.

Meatplow
November 10th 2009



5524 Comments


I did my best not to mention them, but they are known to have taken a few cues. ;]

I never thought the similarity was all that overbearing though.

taylormemer
November 11th 2009



4887 Comments


Damn Life is Life song has been racking my brains all day man.

Meatplow
November 12th 2009



5524 Comments


that's how it starts

embrace it

Poet
November 12th 2009



5910 Comments


LIFE IS LIFE

Meatplow
November 12th 2009



5524 Comments


damn right son

BigBlob
October 21st 2011



1447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LIFE!

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BigBlob
October 21st 2011



1447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LIFE IS LIFE!

taylormemer
October 21st 2011



4887 Comments


lol

LIFE IS LIFE - m/

MarvinLapsus
March 17th 2012



127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd. Great album, in fact one of my favourites from that age when industrial was still obscure. LIFEISLIFE

KILL
April 8th 2012



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules

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