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  • Audio CD (February 19, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000003REL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leben Heisst Leben
2. Geburt Einer Nation
3. Leben-Tod
4. F.I.A.T.
5. Opus Dei
6. Trans-National
7. How The West Was Won
8. The Great Seal
9. Herz-Felde
10. Jagerspiel
11. Koza (Skin)
12. KRST (Baptism)

Customer Reviews

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums in my collection.
Metropolis Gott
This album in particular, "Opus Dei" sees the band at their most "rock oriented" phase.
Ernesto Catalan Valdez
If one is looking for political meaning, the bands message may seem a bit garbled.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think what many people miss about Laibach is that what they've been up to this whole time with their Fascist/Nazi overtones is some very sharp social/cultural commentary. On one level, you can think that what's up here (and elsewhere) is some jackbooted group doing Nazi-symp cover versions. But given that Laibach has given both hints and overt statements that their 'mission' is, in fact, cautionary and satirical, it puts releases like this as well as others of their pop-oriented projects into a very interesting perspective. The pop industry, in a real sense, _is_ something of a fascistic proposition imposed on the marketing of culture. And by doing these versions of such Euro-fluff as 'Life is Life' as well as Queen's more overt 'One Vision' (which, I should note, they don't change here lyrically aside of translating the lyrics into German...scary, hm?), Laibach appears to be making some nasty statements about the machinery that delivers...and often comes up with...our entertainment. Aside of the artistic focus here, this is amazing, brutal, and sometimes funny stuff. I recall there was an alternative station in Nashville (back when 'alternative' really MEANT SOMETHING) that took a perverse glee in playing 'Leben Heisst Leben' at 7 AM, just when ones' clock-radio might click on...and yes, it was an effective gesture. A must-hear release, perhaps the best of Laibach's 'pop' records.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Opus Dei" is Laibach's best album to date. The music technique is very assured, and the critique of fascism, both past and present, is subtle, but inspired. As for those afraid that they might "really be Nazis," they should check out the film "Predictions of Fire" and note that when the Serbian/Bosnian conflict broke out, Laibach said publicly that Milesovic's modern fascism was exactly what they had been warning everyone about, and they were very vocal in their criticism of his government (including a "concert" in Belgrade that mixed portions of speeches by Milesovic and Hitler).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert on June 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is where Laibach took the brutal kick-in-the-head elements of their early material and bottled them for the consumer. The result is not watered-down Laibach. Instead, the poppy packaging makes the band sound all the more alien. Picture the elephant man wearing a business suit, sitting at a mahogany desk and chatting with a secretary. See what I mean? It's all the more surreal when the grotesque masquerades as the ordinary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
first: putting those runours to rest...i know a person who met them-spent time with them and they are what can be considered UBER ANTI NAZI! the success of the sounds on this album is only a strong testament to it - they are the punks of the state rule and they state that their music is such as to raise dissent against the state through mockery and p**s takes - while these guys were in their own way doing something about opression they were also making great music and having a great time...this album was the birth of true industrial/evo/revolution in sounds! you wont be disappointed and this CD is a perfect place to start at in your laiback collection
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ernesto Catalan Valdez on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Former Yugoslavian group LAIBACH has to be one of the most mysterious, yet artful bands to ever come out of Europe. Their controversial use of imagery (which heavily leans on fascism and even nazism) might put some people off, but it's more of a shock value thing. The music is even harder to describe. This album in particular, "Opus Dei" sees the band at their most "rock oriented" phase. Combining classical arrangements with militaristic drum machines and a voice that might have been the true influence for RAMMSTEIN, this album is an oppressive, dark, yet funny musical statement. The band cover "life is Life", originally by Euro Rock band OPUS DEI, in two versions: english and german. But both versions differ greatly in the arrangement of music and excecution. The german version sounds hilarious (taken into account that you DO remember the original's happy-go-lucky singing style!)and sounds as heavy as it can get! The music on this album could be best described as "Industrial", but it too differs greatly from other so called "industrial" bands such as MINISTRY, NIN, EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN and even RAMMSTEIN. The music is incredibly heavy, without becoming "heavy metal", although some songs do have that "metal guitar" sound.

This was the second LAIBACH album I heard and it has become one of my favorite, if not MY favorite. It's diverse, heavy, dark, brooding and yes, even funny (the band also cover QUEEN's "one nation" in "geburt einer nation"). If you're looking for something fresh and out of the ordinary, then check LAIBACH!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD for many years and I still listen to it constantly. This CD showcases Laibach at it's best and it's powerful, haunting, and beautiful all at once. This is the CD to buy if you are a fan of industrial music or just want something new to listen to. No matter how often you listen to it, it never disappoints.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Haynes on May 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been with Laibach since their early days on Wax Trax! Records. Few musical artists have successfully created a world of their own with their own self expressive manefesto, yet Laibach seems to have cultivated a "lifestyle" unto itself. Like haujobb or :Wumpscut: Laibach isn't for everybody; they exist in a parallel universe that is darker, richer, and considerably more ominous than what we expect from approachable EBM/IDM.

Has there ever been a more lovely and majestic paean as "The Great Seal?" Never before have I heard an anthem of such spacious grandeur. Truly a extraordinary moment in modern industrial music.

For those who prefer more serious minded theater-of-the-mind, "Opus Dei"(and "Slovenska Akropola") are the preeminent soundtracks for your cerebral hinterland.
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