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Laibach – Also Sprach Zarathustra (cd 2017)

During their long activity Laibach made quite a few things that I enjoy, but also a lot that is not my taste. Therefor I do not follow them closely. Perhaps it was the title of the new album that caught my attention, but I put on the new album and it is great!

“Also Sprach Zarathustra” is something like a hearplay, but there are not too many vocals. The music is slightly orchestral, tranquil, minimal and every now and then there are the typical low frequency Laibach vocals (spoken). I guess parts of Nietzsche’s book.

There is not much more to say about the album. Musically it does not represent the best-known side of Laibach, but that certainly is no problem to me.

Links: Laibach, Mute

Laibach (dvd 2004 mute records)

Also known as “The Best Of Laibach” and “Videos”, this untitled DVD contains 13 videoclips by Laibach and a documentary about the making of the album “Wat”. I never really paid much attention to music DVDs, I only have a few metal videos of many years back. When I noticed this Laibach DVD in a mailorder list, I decided I would like to have it, just because I was curious what a Laibach video would be like. Like I said, there are 13 clips on this DVD, mostly the well-known tracks, such as “Tanz Mit Laibach”, “Final Countdown” and “Sympathy For The Devil”. The clips are ordered chronologically (I think), so the first clips look very cheap and the last ones very sci-fi. There are a few marvelous clips on it and the rest is very funny to see some time and since all tracks are enjoyable, you can also just play the DVD if you feel like playing a “best of Laibach”. I don’t watch music tv-channels, so I have no idea if these clips where every shown on MTV or whatever, but like this I can watch them whenever I like. The band obviously inspired industrial and neofolk bands in appearance, the members of Laibach wear uniforms in virtually every video and the stage-appearance looks similar too. Further there is definately room for humour (like in the music itself of course) and society-critical texts and images. A very nice DVD, also if you don’t really like Laibach. The tracks are mostly the more ‘accessible’ ones and especially the later tracks are rather ‘technoish’, the clips are often (for the present day) fairly cheap computer films, sometimes live shots.