From the Vault...



© Mute Corporation Record Year of Release: 2003

track listing
  • B Mashina
  • Tanz Mit Laibach
  • Du Bist Unser
  • Achtung!
  • Ende
  • Now You Will Pay
  • Hell : Symmetry
  • Das Spiel Ist Aus
  • Satanic Versus
  • The Great Divide
  • Wat
  • Anti-Semitism

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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 once again.

    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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