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Music: Laibach

There's always more to Laibach than the music alone. They are, essentially, the thinking person's Rammstein and that may be worth referencing as you listen.

Laibach

Spectre
(Mute)

3 Stars

Unthinking sections of the left have lazily labelled Laibach as far-right nazi sympathisers.

But that assumption doesn't really stand up to scrutiny.

They are an art group from Slovenia who became part of the collective New Slovenian Art (NSK), a move that brought the group into the theatrical realm.

Their transfer to the collective's musical wing is complemented by visual artist IRWIN, theatre group Scipion Nasice Sisters, graphic artist New Collective Studio, film group Retrovision and the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, which provides the theoretical foundations of NSK.

Spectre is Laibach's first offering since Volk in 2006 and it inhabits a similar realm of poppy synth but without the harsh Teutonic industrial beats that marked their earlier releases. It's an engaging auditory experience.

But there's always more to Laibach than the music alone. They are, essentially, the thinking person's Rammstein and that may be worth referencing as you listen.

Will Stone

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