In , the group for a while considered splitting into several simultaneous lineups so that they could perform in different places at the same time, but the idea was abandoned. The group promoted the album in the USA with an eighteen-date tour, as well as a German tour. During the same year, the live album M. The following year, the group released a double compilation album Anthems, featuring a career spanning selection of material as well as the previously unreleased song "Mama Leone", a Drafi Deutscher cover, and remixes by Random Logic, Umek, Octex, Iztok Turk and others.
The compilation also features a thorough group biography written by Alexei Monroe. During , the group released the album Volk German for People , featuring cover versions of national anthems, including the NSK state anthem "Das Lied der Deutschen", originally written in and used during the Weimar Republic.
Each cover featured a guest vocalist singing the anthem in their own language. During the same year, on June 1, the group performed J. On 15 October Laibach announced new album "Spectre" to be released February and released new EP record S featuring three songs from the album and one from a live album.
The songs from the new album are also downloadable for limited time for subscribers of their new mailing list. The first single Resistance is Futile was published on 8 January Musical style Some early Laibach albums were pure industrial, with hard industrial percussion, heavy rhythms, and roaring vocals.
The band began their tradition of cover songs in with the album Opus Dei, where their sound changed again. Laibach's cover versions are often used to subvert the original message or intention of the song — a notable example being their version of the song "Live is Life" by Opus, an Austrian arena rock band. The first of these, the opening song on the Laibach album Opus Dei , was sung in German.
The second was promoted as a single, and its promotional video which used the title "Life is Life" was played extensively on American cable channel MTV. Opus Dei retained some of the original song's English lyrics, but was delivered in a musical style that left the meaning of the lyrics open to further interpretation.
Whereas the original is a feel-good pop anthem, Laibach's subversive interpretation twists the melody into a triumphant military march. With the exception of the promotional video, the refrain is at one point translated into German, giving an example of the sensitivity of lyrics to their context. Other notable covers include the Beatles album Let It Be , and their maxi-single Sympathy for the Devil which deconstructs the Rolling Stones song of the same name with seven different interpretations.
In , Laibach covered the song Ohne Dich by Rammstein in a significantly altered version. The lyrics of the song were also subtly altered, most noticeably in the chorus: the original version was "Ohne dich kann ich nicht sein" roughly: "without you I cannot exist" , whereas Laibach's reworked chorus declares "Ohne mich kannst du nicht sein" roughly: "Without me you cannot exist".
Laibach not only reference modern artists through reinterpretation, but also sample or reinvent older musical pieces. This song, and other based on national anthems are released on Volk album, which is a collection of Laibach's versions of national anthems of countries such as the United States and Russia.
Since this work has no specifications of acquired instruments and is furthermore based on mathematical principles, Laibach has argued that the music can be seen as proto-techno. Therefore, the band found Die Kunst der Fuge to be ideal for an interpretation using computers and software.
Laibach's version is titled "VolksWagner". In addition to cover songs, Laibach has remixed songs by other bands. In Laibach made new versions of their own songs from the early s such as Brat moj, Boji and Smrt za smrt. They have been performed live and will be released on the album Laibach Revisited.
Aesthetics, image, and controversy Although primarily a musical group, Laibach have sometimes worked in other media. A notable example was MB 84 Memorandum an image of a black cross that served as a way to advertise Laibach's appearances during a period in the s when the government of Yugoslavia banned the name "Laibach". Archived from the original on 29 January Archived from the original on 26 November Archived from the original on 12 March Retrieved 22 April Interrogation Machine.
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Arns, Inke, ed. Irwin: Retroprincip Belgrade: self-published. Monroe, Alexei MIT Press. Wolfson, Richard 4 September The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 August Rekapitulacija Anthems An Introduction To Neu Konservatiw Slovenska Akropola M.
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Its members prefer to be known as a collective rather than reveal their individual names; they've been accused of being fascists and practicing Germanophilia because of their music's Wagnerian thunder and their military attire. According to Laibach, "We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter.
Showing a ridiculous lust for authority, Laibach's releases featured artwork influenced by anti-Nazi photomontage artist John Heartfield, and the group's live shows portray rock concerts as absurd political rallies.
In interviews their answers are wry manifestos, and they never break character. While Laibach's early recordings such as the group's self-titled effort were more experimental, the group became more popular when they began incorporating covers of well-known rock songs on 's Opus Dei.
They soon began recording entire albums of covers, beginning with a take on the Beatles ' Let It Be in Laibach's music became more sample-based and techno-influenced on early-'90s releases such as 's Kapital, while 's Jesus Christ Superstars was heavier on guitars.
During the 21st century, the group has interpreted national anthems Volk, and show tunes The Sound of Music, , in addition to performing historic concerts in Korea. Formed the same year longtime Yugoslavian leader Marshall Josip Broz Tito died, Laibach became active in in the industrial coal-mining town of Trbovlje in the center of what is now Slovenia. They took their name from the nearby city Ljubljana's title during Nazi occupation.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the VHS release of WaxTrax! Records: The First 13 Years. Black Box (A Video Retrospective) Volume 1 on Discogs/5(15).