Laibach – An Introduction To Laibrach Reproduction Prohibited (Mute Records)

Laibach – An Introduction To Laibrach Reproduction Prohibited (Mute Records)

Laibach are to release their new album An Introduction to Laibach Reproduction Prohibited on the 3rdSeptember to coincide with several European tour dates and as a follow up to their recent Iron Sky OST release.

The album includes covers of songs such as Ballad of a Thin Man by Bob Dylan, Across the Universe by The Beatles, and One Vision by Queen.Not to mention their unique take on the Germanic and British national anthems.This is a strange, quirky, tongue in cheek, eccentric collection of songs which Laibach have stamped their own utterly unique style all over.

Guttural vocals overlaid with angelic backing singers and underpinned with heavy industrial backbeats and power chords by the bucket load make this an interesting and intriguing album. Constantly changing and challenging this is more a musical artwork than an album and it is never repetitive or dull. Each song has its own identity and the album flows not so much as a meandering river but as a raging torrent from the ethereal to the high tempo techno then onto the thundering power ballads of metal. Sometimes in English but more often in their native German tongue.

My personal favourite is their cover of Europe’s’ Final Countdown complete with techno backbeat and gothic overtones. No it shouldn’t work, but it just does, and I think that is what this album is really about, take two opposites and blend them into something brilliantly unique. 9/10

Helen Todner

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