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Year of Release: 2003
Tanz Mit Laibach
Du Bist Unser
Now You Will Pay
Hell : Symmetry
Das Spiel Ist Aus
The Great Divide
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LAIBACH has arrived...
I am not a true big fan of techno music, but Laibach was brought to my
attention from an employee at work, who suggested I give a listen to their
parody album to The Beatles' Let It Be. Fair warning, Laibach's
Let It Be did have each Beatle song on their album, yet in a much
different style. (The only song that came close was their version of
"Across The Universe".) To some, this band from Germany comes across
as strange, and bizarre, especially with its bizarre German vocals, having
a resemblence to bringing your voice down to its angriest, roughest, scratchy
form. (Imagine Darth Vader's voice, but much more deeper, rougher and more
angry!) Call it bizarre and strange, and to some just bad, this is Independent
Music at its finest. Laibach will not attract alot of listeners, yet they
will catch your attention with their unique sound.
Wat was the band's 2003 release, and it had been quite some time
before a major studio released beforehand. For the fans of Laibach, it was
the patience of waiting for new material to arrive, and to enjoy their music
The opening track, "B Mashina" is powerful, good music for a
soundtrack with excellent naration. (Surprisingly, the narrated voice is not
the familar deep Laibach voice.) Hard-driving fast techno music along with
the popular deep Laibach voice is heard on such songs as "Tanz Mit Laibach,"
"Achtung!" "Now You Will Pay," and "Das Spiel Ist Aus."
If you're familar with their song "Opus Dei" (Life Is Life),
"Du Bist Unsere" is a close runner up, with a more techno dance music
track behind it. "Ende" has very experimental music, deep, mysterious,
and the deep Laibach voice in its most eerie character.
"Hell : Symmetry" -- if the devil had a voice, the deep Laibach
voice would definitely fit, as this voice returns in a sensual way on this song
-- "Love Me, Love Me Not..." "Satanic Versus" -- again, it's the "devil"
with a more driving beat, musically. The music here is very impressive as well.
Likewise, "The Great Divide" has some very impressive, deep, mysterious
music, with the "devil" voice handling the vocals. The title track and the
last track, "Anti-Semitism" does get a little worn, as it seems we've
heard enough of the eerieness of the music and vocals.
Laibach's music is not intended for everyone. Their Wat album has
very powerful moments, yet to some, the vocals just maybe overwhelming.
It is easily determined the band's musical style is based from Germany.
Their techno music can easily be played at dance clubs that focus on this
hard-driving type of music, and there are obvious fans of Laibach, where some
would not feel this is their kind of music. Yet, their music is quite
interesting, and the vocals are the main topic of discussion. Try to give
their music an open ear, and an honest mind. Some will ignore it, some will
refuse it, and some may just enjoy it.
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