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Opus Dei

Laibach

1987

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Opus Dei

Rating

2.27

Votes

3175

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5

Finally, something with a personality, with a distinct atmosphere. I was surprised how much better is their version of Life is life and the rest could be a perfect soundtrack for a dystopian movie.

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Next time I am Conjuring up holy holy demons this is the album I'll listen to

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The last 4 or 5 songs were really a drag to get though, but I found the A side to be more enjoyable. As a novice German-speaker, he's pretty easy to understand, found I could understand a good deal of it. So that was enjoyable. Not sure what I think of them though after reading about the group. Usage of Nazi iconography is pretty questionable, though I guess they were using it kind of subversively to point on the problems with state power under communism? Not sure that wears as well in 2021 post-Trump/alt-right era as it might have in 1987 behind the steel curtain.

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Feels at first like a very silly parody of a german metal album, but under the surface it's actually much more meaningful that you'd think. In perspective to how long they've come today, it's pretty amazing I've never heard of them before. Also the wagnerian influences are amazing. Actually a 4...

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80s Rammstein w/cookie monster singing

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WTF

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JA, JA, JA, JA! GET ME A LIGHT BEER. derbysieger. pros; 1- one of the best album covers i've ever seen 2- that voice. 3- turning europop into a rally. 4- Yogoslavian avant garde. cons; 1- you have to be in to medieval trumpets to get the most out of this album. 2 -realistically its a 3 track album and some fuck around arty shit. from now on if anyone asks me what music i am in to it will be 'Nationalistic avante garde industrial music created by yugoslavian dissidents'.

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For the first three songs I thought this would be a nailed on five. There’s something stirring about the combination of a relentless marching beat and campy synths overseen by what can only be described as the voice of a coalmine turned animate. It’s surprisingly catchy and surprisingly playful and exactly the sort of album that should be here because it’s so cocobananas that you have to listen to it. It definitely loses some oomph as the doom/authoritarian cosplay wears thin. Still, worth the journey.

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Sounds like music you play in an 80s movie when the Soviet’s are up to no good. Interesting if not really my thing. Enjoyed the queen cover. 2/5

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Ironic fascism but questionable how much irony.

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he sounds like kermit the frog

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4

Cool album big sounds, catchy first song. 1st non English album on the list I've had and I'm impressed

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4

I've enjoyed it. Some of them were fun, some really intense.

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this feels like the soundtrack to some epic sci fi film where im the king of the world[s] and winning everything that is happening. an experience truly listening to this wow the amount of scenarios in my head is making little ideaist me happy

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surprisingly good. Seemed also a bit like Duran Duran melodies

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73. Oh, que majestosa criação, a da autoridade! Morra a anarquia, pim! MotA: Opus Dei "Leben heisst leben"

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4

Beyond badass

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"an avant-garde industrial parody on totalitarianism"...yea alright, why not

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i hated the first few minutes.... but actually it really grew on me. then when i read more about the group i found myself liking it more and more. i went back after the day and listened to it again.

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4

Oh my. This album is so preposterous and over the top. Militant German punk gospel just doesn’t get enough play, and I didn’t want this record to end. 4.5.

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yeah this rules

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Was not expecting the Queen cover

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Interesting - can see where rammenstein got their chops. Wholly entertaining industrial - and makes sense given the bands history. Great dark humour too - but Milan Frans’ vocals are the standout here. Kind of starts petering out toward the end though

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4

Great German rock, reminded me of Ramstein

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would fashbait again

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Never heard of this before or really heard anything like it. It's really fascinating. An odd mix of industrial and marching music or something. I'm digging it though.

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Неожиданно хорошо

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Strong 4, such a gripping and interesting album

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I didn't know this band and this might be my favorite find on this list so far. It was unpredictable, but wow! I'm not a fan of this musical trend, but you can see that Laibach had a strong influence on industrial music. The album is both grandiose and humorous, with catchy songs, but with a rather severe tone. I like contrasts and there are a lot here.

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Industrial is not a genre that I've ever really listened to having dismissed it as the soundtrack of every decadent, dark, bare brick nightclub, that's probably owned by a vampire. At times it could be Eurovision, and there's a definite 80's synth vibe. It's fun though, and the use of some John Heartfield art, along with some easy to understand German bumped it from a 3 to a 4.

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Lit af

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Interesting album. Not an immense fan of the military genre, but I enjoyed some bits of the album!

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3

has some interesting stuff not bad but there is a lot of weird shit too

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Not something I would listen to for pleasure but interesting I suppose. It definitely hit a unique style/ aesthetic - especially for the time.

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conceptually kinda enjoyable, weird as hell to listen to. fav track: opus dei

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A captivating but unconventional listen - hard to pin down a genre on this one as it sways between anthemic orchestral tracks to spoken word to overdriven guitar solos. Definitely an album to be consumed in one sitting, as vocal and instrumental leitmotifs weave the LP into one continous narrative. Need to look at the German to see what the overall message is here, but still an enjoyable listen notwithstanding.

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Trippy

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Pretty odd, but interesting and atmospheric "industrial" music.

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industrial pomp. two versions of life is life are a bonus

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Semibängeri Intressant metal

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Very sonically interesting, like the backstory behind the music and think it's a cool fusion of industrial sound with some more traditional aspects of music.

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Wow, not sure I loved it but an interesting listen. They're like the Starship Troopers of music.

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bijzonder maar ik ben er niet weg van

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Intense and quite enjoyable. Don't think I'd listen again though.

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7th July 2021 Listened on the way in to horse Guards for the first time in a while which was odd but good. Spent the day not doing much work with private office before going to Wembley to watch England Denmark in the euros! Absolutely hilarious, had no idea who they were and was caught off guard immediately as soon as it started. Although I guess the name should be a give away. I didn't mind it you know. I can see the tongue in cheek humour, the over the top Wagner drama, the politics. Not bad!

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What a strange Album. It feels like they just learned some German words and thought "We can make an Album out of this".

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Really mixed thoughts on this one. There were some cool grandiose bits mixed in with bizarre and extremely German bits.

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Opus Dei is an iconic song I've heard before in an ironic context. I can't exactly place it

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1987: Leben heisst leben, Geburt einer Nation

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Gothic industrial fascist

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Because I am a purist, I only listened through track 8 (The Great Seal) because that was where the original 1987 LP ended. As far as I am concerned, there is no longer any other music. This is the only music I will listen to forever and ever. This isn't sarcasm. It is a speech impediment. Especially when you read it out loud.

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Um álbum peculiar, inicialmente parecia um rock pesado devido ao facto de ser cantado em alemão, lembrando Rammstein (esta banda influenciou os Rammstein). Posteriormente parece que o álbum quer provar um ponto, um ponto que não compreendo. No fim termina com uma música em esloveno, julgo eu, com uma melancolia irradiante e imponente. Um álbum relativamente complexo e não julgo ter ido fundo o suficiente nele. Nota: 5/10

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Heavy, dark, moody, gravelly, lotta anthems. Feels very German.

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I don't know what I was expecting, but a weird industrial noise, marching cover of Opus' LIVE IS LIFE with a gnarly, shredding, garage-rock guitar solo in the middle was not what I was expecting. Then, while maybe I SHOULD have expected it I also wasn't expecting track 2 to be a weird, dark, doomy, industrial cover of Queen's ONE VISION. Is this whole album a prank? It's a pretty good one. Then... then they cover Life is Life AGAIN halfway through the album. This is either brilliant or a disaster, but I think it might be brilliant. I'm not certain I will listen to it again any time soon? But that was pretty cool and very different from what I've been listening to lately.

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That was... interesting. Not terrible?

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Na roba assurda

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This was a very interesting experience. This group has personality and it's different from the majority of the things that I used to listen to and even when compared with the common songs from this list, they have a very distinctive sound. I understand some hate on it, based on the info from Wikipedia, cause they have some controversies in its history, but based only on the music aspects, this was a very nice experience.

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A bit third-reichy, not to my taste at all but still head and shoulders above yesterdays terrible album (Manic Street Preachers) and so by comparison to that I've given it three stars.

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Some good music in there

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Surreal marching songs

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I have always been confused by this musical project - band - paramilitary unit - ancient Greek chorus - dot dot dot. I only knew them from the staid and somber "Life Is Life" mantra. But I'm interested to see so much of this record is in German, and the title of said mantra was "Leben heisst Leben," which harkens to the extradimensional qualities of "Du.. Du hast.. Du hasst mich..." from Rammstein. You could interpret that as "living means to live." I'm not generally in the frame of mind to listen to this on a regular basis (that would be Beach House Depression Cherry on eternal continuous loop). For me 3 stars means I'm not angry at it. It's fine.

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I liked it more than I was expecting to. The industrial edge was really cool though the synth horns did date the album a bit. The first half was definitely stronger than the first. It was like listening to proto-Rammstein

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Holy shit, this is some of the weirdest crap I’ve ever heard; field recordings of military speeches, spoken word, harsh tones and dissonant noise. Had to go look these guys up, they’re from Slovenia and this is a type of industrial music I’ve never heard before. Like super severe, I guess it supposed to be satire of the 80s fascist Soviet bloc regime they all lived under? It’s interesting end definitely deserves another lesson

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I’m sure you can appreciate the originality and genre inspiring but wtf is this shit

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If you ever wondered what the slovenians were up to before the Yugoslav Wars, it was apparently... this? Some UNRECOGNIZABLE covers of Queen songs in here. I didn't even know they spoke German! Enjoyable as a bizarre world artifact, but not exactly a toe tapper. My weird-ass wife dug this a lot more than me.

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This is bonkers. Thanks Germany

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Strange but not so bad

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Interresting album, other than this challenge I would have never listen to it.

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Interesting album, sounds like proto Rammstein. Not sure why it's on this list, but I enjoyed it nonetheless

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In equal parts quirky and unsettling, this sounded like what I thought industrial music from the early 80's would sound like. I'm not sure if this was an essential listening, but you can't try to get this book's logic.

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Well this is really not an album I was expecting from this list. Am I glad to have heard it? Yes. Can I see where it might have been influential? Also yes. Does it hold up as good music? Kinda. Sometimes. There are some highly repetitive noise tracks in this and they properly start to grate after a while. Not having read any user reviews yet, I'm almost entirely sure that there will be a swathe of 1-star "terrible"s, but there something here. The militarism is difficult to get past. I don't know if it's genuine or a pisstake, and am almost reluctant to look into it. Will I be listening to this again? Heck no. Though I do reserve the right to play people German language Queen covers from time to time.

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Impressive but not my thing. Occasionally hilarious and thought provoking, but a hard sell to recommend.

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Weird and kind of gothic

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Någon typ av Slovensk industriell rock. Två(!) covers på Live is Life. Eventuellt en liten inspirationskälla hos Rammstein så dom slipper undan en 1:a.

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It wasn't awful but it wasn't that good either.

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Just not my style

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2.5 stars. Slightly unsettling, but makes for good-ish exercise music.

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2a endast för att de lär ha inspirerat många inom deras stil men det här var ingen höjdare att lyssna på.

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Interesting, but I don't need to listen to it again.

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This was more interesting than good.

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2.5

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Intense German electronica ballads. This is strange, not going to lie.

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Interesting one vision cover

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Couldn’t make it through...

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Don’t think I’d ever heard this outside of the title track. Seems so tame compared to industrial music that would come ten years later. Not sure I’d spin it again but might not turn it off.

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Don't know why I got this again

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Not for me

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Kinda weird

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industrial is very tiring couldn't finish it. too repetitive

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Industrial. Monótono, sombrío, pesado

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On the whole very disturbing and can see why this band is controversial. Despite that two fantastic military style instrumentals : F.I.A.T and The Great Seal

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Categorical industrial effort, kind of protoRammstein vibes. It was probably revolutionary in the communist world back in the 80s; now sounds dated and irrelevant to me. Curious covers of Queen and Opus.

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This was maybe too weird. New to me, but won't be listening to more

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Hmnm

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What

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Not in the mood for that album

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Still suffering from the theatricality of the 80s hair metal scene. Primarily in the vocals. Was not too into the sounds here, wasn’t as if it was abrasive it was just generic industrial production values going on.

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Makes me want to invade Poland. Liked it at first but it just turned into chants

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Very German even though the band isn’t from Germany

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Hmmm... Vad var detta? Märkligt var det, så mycket är jag säker på. När öppningsspåret är en tysk version av "Life is life" blir man ställd. Trots att den var väldigt märklig får den ändå klassas som godkänd, kanske fick den hjälp av att man har lyssnat slut på Opus version av låten för många år sedan. Resten av albumet lämnade inga stora avtryck. Det var några sköna sounds som fick tankarna att gå till filmmusik, men annars svaga intryck. Bäst: Vet inte

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nazister?

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This sounds like cult music. More so the end of the album than the rest of it. It's loud, bombastic, has a lot of spoken words (as well as a weird vibe), and repeats a lot of the motifs throughout the album. Oddly enough, the beginning few songs sound great, but the rest of the album sinks after that. Favorite track: Leben Heißt Leben

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German Metal, but with a touch of the decade (80's) it came from. A very unique death metal approach, with what would be a major influence on European metal of the future.

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I did not know about this band or the music. After listening I don't know much more other than that I did not like this album. There might have been some music that was reaching for "okay", but I couldn't get past the back-of-the-throat, frog-like croaking for the vocals. At least I wasn't mad that I gave the album a listen. (I'm looking at you Dr. Octagon).

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I think I understand the aesthetic, and I normally like a bit if industrial noise. This one really didn't do it for me, unfortunately. 2 stars.

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What the what? Not at all my thing, but it sure was interesting. I wouldn't completely write them off.

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Scott and Bort once went to see these guys play at a Lost Prophets exhibition or something. On display they had the cover of Nevermind by Nirvana. The baby from that cover was in Laibach and also featured heavily in several Lost Prophets videos. I think that's how that story goes.

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Pretty boring Very repetitive

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Well, they can't be accused of composing outside their comfort zone. If Brutalism has a musical counterpart, this is it. Made it through the full hour without breaking!

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Didn't finish. it wasn't awful, just ... not my speed at all.

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5/10

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🤷‍♂️

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This is fucking weird. beyond novelty, it's kind of stupid. Definately some early trent reznor feel to it. I want to turn it off, I just can't bring myself to do it.

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Opus Dei is a lonely flank of post-industrial noise, dark ambient, neo folk, dark wave and neoclassical orchestrations mixed with military marches, historical speeches and political, apolitical or metapolitical lyrics. (4/10) FT: Geburt Einer Nation

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2/5 This metal cover of known songs started up well, but the final pieces were bad.

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Just doesnt do it for me at all, I can hear some rammstein type stuff but it just isnt for me

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Áhugavert. Þarf að skoða þetta band nánar.

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A poor man's Test Dept.

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Think Rammstein, in the 80’s, with more saxophone, a few good beats drowned out by the weird marching band / rally vibe.

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Not my style but interesting

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Weird orchestral/industrial mix. Some interesting bits but obviously German singing on anything makes it too funny to take seriously

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Really not for me, not really an industrial fan and I found it hard to get past that voice. I did appreciate the random Queen cover, though. 2/5 stars

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I really don't think I get this one. I enjoyed it in parts but it mostly felt like it went over my head.

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I understand just enough German to make this album enjoyable. It is just really weird. I just don't really get the appeal of industrial music. I don't think it's a bad album just not something that I will ever consider listening to again.

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The most niche album so far, to which I can only say - its OK if you like that sort of thing

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Lol

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Sounds like a very early version of Rammstein which is one of my favorite bands. Despite my low rating I will give this album a couple. Ote listens to see what sticks and songs I may like.

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Thank god that’s over

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Unsettling

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Oh, god, Slovenian too

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Can see the influence they had on Rammstein. The reworked songs are interesting but overall this album wasn’t for me.

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First couple of songs were cool but the album really tailed off after that I struggled to keep going 4/10

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It's interesting but not my jam. Lots of cool samples and melodies, and when reading into the background of the band it was interesting to learn that a lot of their material is satire of totalitarianism. However it's not really anything I'd seek out on my own

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Different 2.5

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could not get into it

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Um, wow. I wasn’t expecting any Slovenian albums on this list so of course it gets a ‘rule of cool’ star for that. Some VERY dark, vodka-infused humour here. I really want to give this 2.5 stars.

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det här var det sämsta jag någonsin hört

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Not my type of music.

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Nope.

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terrible

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Awful.

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tbh it sounded like nazi propaganda. there's literally a song called how the west was won

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Euro trash tv music

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That's a nope from me.

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Terribile

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Weird

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Hab das abgebrochen, mich zwischendurch bei Front242 & Project Pitchfork rück-vergewissert, warum mir EBM/Dark Wave mal wichtig waren und dann nur noch lachen müssen, als ich dieser Satire Zirkus Nummer der Artistengruppe Ljubljana beim Kinn-erigierten Prä-Rammstein „R“-Rollen zuhörte. Kann ich bei aller Liebe zu Theatralik im Genre echt keinen Meter ernst nehmen, ertragen oder zumindest für die Anmaßung Respekt zollen. Dümmliche 0.1

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Yeah, couldn't get through this one, even with this being the first partially-non-English album that I could somewhat understand. A little investigation brought me to the conclusion that these guys *probably* weren't pro-Nazi, but that doesn't make this any less suspect. Actually spending more time on this review than I did listening to the album, so you can guess where this rating is going.

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I had never heard of this group or album, so I gave it a listen. I tried to find things in it that I liked, but didn't hear much of anything I would ever want to listen to again. I suppose maybe as absurdist theater it might be interesting, but not to me.

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Don't like Industrial metal, so I didn't like the album at all. Listened through the first two songs, then snippets of the others. Not a great start but excited for the next ones nonetheless!

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Truly awful.

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Incredibly difficult to get through. There are some musical aspects to this, but it sacrifices those moments for the sake of art. That being said, I don't like the art.

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German rock, exactly what it sounds like 3/10

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I find this album and music borderline offensive. Not my thing AT ALL.

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Neil.

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Not a fan.

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“Avant-garde, a French phrase meaning "vanguard" or (literally, "advance guard"), describes movements or individuals at the forefront of innovation and experimentation in their fields. Implicit in the term are the rejection of the status quo, a critique of popular convention and taste, and a striving for originality that can be intentionally provocative or alienating.” allmusic.com

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I was picturing a big blue muppet singing.

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What...is this?

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Really bizarre, strange album.

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slovensk industri, teatralsk, covers

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Damn. Slovensk industri er nok ikke mig.

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I remember their Life is Life/Leben Heißt Leben cover from back in the day. Sounds really rather tame in retrospect to be honest. Let's face it, Rammstein did this kind of thing much better (and funnier) later on. I am not sure if there's any value in being first with a particular sound if that sound is so ugly. 3/10

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Track 01 - 1/5 Track 02 - 1/5 Track 03 - 1/5 Track 04 - 2/5 Track 05 - 1.5/5 Track 06 - 1/5 Track 07 - 2/5 Track 08 - 1.75/5 Track 09 - 1.25/5 Track 10 - 1/5 Track 11 - 1/5 Track 12 - 1/5 Overall: 1.25/5 Album Art: 3.5/5

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Smh

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Kyllä tällä mestariteoksella saavutetaan paskuuden ultimaattinen kuninkuusluokka. Herää kysymys miksi ja kenelle tämä levy on tehty?

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Some interesting moments, but on the whole, totally unlistenable.

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No thanks.

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Não é atrativo. As vezes dá agonia.

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Just a slog to get through. Repetitive and uninteresting. Really disappointed in this one.

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Weird. Definitely woke me up. Not in a good way.

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Thank God this is over.

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Wtf did I just listen to? I kinda wanted to like it but in the end will probably never try again.

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Not my bag

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Weird

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Garbage

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Nein

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Didn’t get past track 3. Just awful.

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Well that was awful

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