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Trbovlje, Slovenia (1980 – present)

New album SPECTRE out 3 March 2014! http://spectre.laibach.org/pre-order-spectre

Laibach is an 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 founding 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 versions of songs which have been rerendered in such a way as to reveal formerly hidden or unnoticed messages, often commenting on political totalitarianism or stardom’s own forms of dictatorship. This was done most successfully on Opus Dei, especially on their cover of One Vision. Named Geburt Einer Nation after D. W. Griffith’s classic film The Birth of a Nation, Queen’s lyrics are sung in German to a strident beat. All of a sudden lines like “one flesh, one blood, one true religion” start sounding suspiciously familiar…

However the bulk of Laibach’s output is their own work. Their own early experiments with totalitarian ambiguity led to their 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-cheekily play with the kinds of in-jokes a band accrues in over 25 years of work.

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  • llllII

    Eurovision music video is really awesome! I like how they evolved.

    Yesterday 9:14am Reply
  • FCA19795

    This guy has a crazy voice. It takes away from the song at times. But often it works very well. The band as a whole is very good I must say. Second time hearing anything by them in almost 15 years.

    16 Jul 7:09pm Reply
  • qwertyuiasdfg

    Very good, but overrated

    12 Jul 7:53am Reply
  • Suomirocker

    Legends [666].

    6 Jul 7:58pm Reply
  • loglover7

    Love me, love not.

    1 Jul 7:12pm Reply
  • meta-l

    Ladibachtron Ladybach Laitron

    1 Jul 3:21pm Reply
  • mziotit

    How Laibach and Muslimgauze Made the Last Communist Leader a Music Icon http://culture.pl/en/article/how-laibach-and-muslimgauze-made-the-last-communist-leader-a-music-icon

    23 Jun 6:58pm Reply
  • Roope75

    Laibach's version of Grieg's unfinished opera will be very interesting!

    14 Jun 11:06pm Reply
  • SlavicaSkoric

    mina špiler <3

    29 May 8:09pm Reply
  • Demon-PRO

    "The Whistleblowers" not bad :)

    24 May 1:09am Reply
  • scannerve

    we will rise the quality of life for all of you existence as you know it is over resistance is futile

    23 May 5:38pm Reply
  • unaesthetic

    Spectre is beyond great. Mina's contribution lifts 21st century Laibach to a whole new level. Can't listen to this album enough.

    14 May 8:57pm Reply
  • nofredaisy

    spectre ist einfach genial! Ich hab fast alle alben, aber das hier! spricht mir aus der seele. Danke.

    11 May 7:08pm Reply
  • CountJelly

    Finally got a copy of the Kapital cassette, I do think the different mixes on the Vinyl and the cassette are much better than the CD versions, but then it was all about Kapital ;)

    3 May 9:46am Reply
  • Cupfervogel

    That's a very safe album, but still a great one. I'd say it was expected after non-conventional Laibachcunstderfuge. Maybe it's their best album since Kapital. Some say it's too light to be moving, but isn't that the point? Like their best albums it looks a bit childish and not serious on the surface, but it's quite grim inside.

    15 Apr 8:46am Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    I cant believe Im seeing Squall and Kuja on the same page lol

    14 Apr 5:02pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN

    14 Apr 12:53pm Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    Laibach always deliver

    14 Apr 12:05pm Reply
  • IIOEXABIIINN

    The Whistleblowers eats my brain.

    11 Apr 2:31pm Reply
  • Walkindude77

    The Whistleblowers is pretty fantastic

    11 Apr 12:42am Reply
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