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The new album sees Laibach once again 're-inventing' itself in a newly born, yet polished and solid formation. And, as is now their custom, Laibach calls into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology.
With Spectre, Laibach has created a big, important and almost dangerous step forward; it seems that this time the band has fatally crossed the Rubicon. On this album the group which has never defined itself politically, but has, nevertheless, constantly analyzed politics through its work comes across as politically engaged as never before. Spectre sounds like a political manifesto manifest in poetic form, titles and lyrics couldn't be more direct. With these lyrics and songs, Laibach, who has always given a controversial impression or an impression of controversy especially in terms of its political orientation, is now very clearly taking a position on the political spectrum and probably irreversibly abolishing its own (to some extent quite comfortable) political 'freedom' and neutrality.
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Laibach has always explored the distortion of art within totalitarian world views, finding new genres to bend to a totalitarian message. They've tried a little bit of everything - noise albums in the 80s and early 90s, covering the Beatles, covering national anthems, and with "Spectre", they go for a sound that's reminiscent of an Indie dance party. Mostly. The political and social message still takes first place, which is what they're trying to prove - that art is the servant of larger ideologies.
So, do you read that and say, "Wow, I need to hear this!" Then buy the album - it's well-done, and I've enjoyed it immensely. If you think that Laibach's method sounds indulgent, then I'd recommend sticking to purchasing one or two tracks - "Eat Liver" is a particularly catchy, heavy dance track that still packs a wallop in lyrics.
1. “The Whistleblowers”
This song has your standard Laibachian martial beats and choruses, and some orchestral bits reminiscent of Opus Dei, along with quite a bit of whistling. This song is a much friendlier version of Laibach; if it didn’t have Milan Fras singing, it would be perfectly appropriate in a fourth-grade class musical. Strangely, Milan Fras sounds like he is out of breath the whole time, like he has emphysema. Its not a bad song, but its nothing outstanding.
2. “No History”
This has a very stuttering beat, with Milan Fras and Mina Spiler going back and forth on vocals. Lots of cool sound effects, and a somewhat harsh sound that still sounds kind of slick due to a very high-quality production. This is basically Laibach doing dubstep. Its an interesting song, but if it weren’t for Milan you wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from all the other dubstep out there today. This song is in the same general musical style as “Volk.”
3. “Eat Liver”
This is a very up-tempo song with a simple beat, and with Mina Spiler on vocals. This sounds like a DAF song but with a modern slick production and Laibach’s slick sound effects, and quick snippets of Laibachian orchestra to provide melody. Laibach previously covered the DAF song “Alle Gegen Alle” on their album “Nato.” This is a very catchy song, but its hard to keep from laughing with Mina singing “LIVER! LIVER! LIVER! We get to take your liver!Read more ›
Every song is pure genius. It swings from solemn lyrics to headbanging in an instant, sweet industrial dance into crazy keyboard riffs.
I absolutely love it! "you will be assimilated with Blitzkrieg" <everybody mosh>
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This album contains some strong songs in the Laibach dance industrial tradition. Walk With Me in places best evokes the early Laibach sound back when they were truly underground. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Walter Moore
Regarding the editorial review for this unequaled artist group, the writer of that editorial is obviously some prejudiced conservative American who is dreaming the idea that... Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by Sandra Eggers