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Opus Dei

Laibach

1987

Opus Dei

Album Summary

Opus Dei is the third studio album by Slovenian band Laibach, released in 1987. It features "Geburt einer Nation" ("birth of a nation"), a German cover of Queen's "One Vision", and two reworkings of the Austrian band Opus' sole international hit single "Live Is Life". The Opus song became the German language "Leben heißt Leben" and the English language "Opus Dei". "The Great Seal" is the national anthem of the NSK State, the lyrics taken from Churchill's "We shall fight on the beaches" speech. A new arrangement of the song appears on Laibach's album Volk, with the title "NSK". On Volk, the song is credited to Laibach and Slavko Avsenik, Jr. There are two further connections with Queen's A Kind of Magic album. Although the drum loop in "Trans-National" is near identical to that in Queen's "Don't Lose Your Head", it is composed in fact from samples from the introduction musical theme from the movie Battle of Neretva, composed by Bernard Herrmann. The elements of "How the West Was Won" (specifically the rhythm and harmonised guitars) are inspired by Queen's "Gimme The Prize". The attention this album received from MTV and others led to Laibach's first worldwide tour. [State of Art, 2004] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.32

Votes

4541

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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Fri Mar 19 2021
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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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

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

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

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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Thu May 27 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

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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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Completely different from anything we've listened to so far. I wasn't completely unfamiliar with Laibach but, if I'd ever listened to this whole album, it was thirty years ago and I didn't remember all of it. I found it compelling, frightening, and funny, and spent the day falling down a Laibach rabbit hole. This is exactly the kind of thing I'm here for.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

80s Rammstein w/cookie monster singing

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Sun Apr 25 2021
1

WTF

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Wed Sep 01 2021
1

Ironic fascism but questionable how much irony.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Uhhhhh… what am I listening to? More importantly, why am I enjoying it so much? This is utterly wackadoodle and I’m loving it! “Leben heißt Leben” seemed vaguely familiar. I did not expect the guitar solo, but it works well. The discordant ending is incredible! When “Geburt einer Nation” and “Opus Dei” came on I definitely knew the songs. Turns out a friend shared them with me on a mix tape many decades ago. I never followed up on the whole album. Queen’s “One Vision” works incredibly well sung by a Muppets-Animal sound-alike to a martial beat. The vocal delivery is delightful and the song quite danceable! Is this something I’ll listen to often? Who cares?! It’s unique. Crazy. Dramatic. Lumbering. Cinematic. Dark. It was strangely suited for listening to while I work… I really love this album!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Il s'agira sans doute de ma note la plus étonnante au sein de cette escroquerie de générateur, mais j'ai bel et bien passé un moment d'anthologie en compagnie de ces Slovènes germanophones. De l'arrivée des chars d'assaut à la plantation du drapeau sur le territoire ennemi, je me suis tout simplement régalé bien qu'étant de nature non-belligérante. La seule personne que j'avais tabassé dans ma vie jusqu'alors était Robert. Or, depuis cet album, je ne compte même plus le nombre de personnes laissées en knock-out sur ma route. Comme quoi…

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Sun Apr 25 2021
2

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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Fri Feb 05 2021

he sounds like kermit the frog

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

I used to like this when I was younger. Haven't listened to it in a while, but I'm happy to say I still like it.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

I was intimidated by the looks of this album, but I had a great time listening. I wonder if I missed the point, though, because I had a difficult time taking it seriously. Nonetheless, I totally dug it!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

The tracks "Opus Dei" and "Geburt einer Nation" were in heavy rotation on my friends' and my college-era mixtapes. I loved the subversive take on pop music. There may have been some very exuberant sing-alongs with the former. Listening to this album for the first time, I was a bit surprised to hear "Leben Heißt Leben" since it's an entirely different version of the song I'd known. (By the way, I knew neither of those previously mentioned songs by their proper titles. Not everyone was good about writing proper song titles and artists on their mixtapes in the 80s, which was a pet peeve of mine.) But it was delightful, and the "proper" version of "Life is Life" was thankfully still there as well. I'd love to write a proper review of this and more specifically why I love it. Suffice it to say that I think it's magnificent. We needed this desperately in 1987.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

Different - and crucially fun - it's almost like a pop record rather than the metal it's presented as. 4.6

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Sun May 16 2021
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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Fri May 28 2021
4

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

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Sun May 30 2021
4

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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Wed May 05 2021
4

surprisingly good. Seemed also a bit like Duran Duran melodies

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

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

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Beyond badass

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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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Thu Oct 07 2021
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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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

yeah this rules

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Was not expecting the Queen cover

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Great German rock, reminded me of Ramstein

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

would fashbait again

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Неожиданно хорошо

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Strong 4, such a gripping and interesting album

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Okay I was skeptical but this was VERY cool

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Sounds of rammstein before rammstein, enjoyable, but don't have time for a better description

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Okay I have no idea what just happened but I absolutely loved it.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Crazy album, very interesting early industrial. Certainly worth a listen.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Opus dei, Herz-felde, Jagerspiel

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Very German. Very angry. Very dark. Pretty good.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Lit af

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

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

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Trippy

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

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

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Semibängeri Intressant metal

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

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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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

bijzonder maar ik ben er niet weg van

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

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

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

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

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

1987: Leben heisst leben, Geburt einer Nation

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

Gothic industrial fascist

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

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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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

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

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

That was... interesting. Not terrible?

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

Na roba assurda

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

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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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
3

Some good music in there

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Surreal marching songs

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

This is bonkers. Thanks Germany

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Strange but not so bad

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

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

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Weird and kind of gothic

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Совсем не мой альбом, смесь Kraftwerk и Rammstein, но не цепляющий от слова совсем. Но для фоновой музыки к компьютерным играм она бы сошла, наверное.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

I don't even know where to start with this album. Is it a work of insane geniuses? Is it over-the-top, pretentious bullshit? Is it a sarcastic joke? Is it a serious work of art? All of the above? I honestly have no idea. I'll just say I enjoyed it at times, laughed at it a couple times, cringed once or twice, and was curious about the lyrics at times. All that said, I'm going with 3 stars.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Genre: Martial Industrial 3/5 Part-political satire, part-industrial metal, Laibach's Opus Dei is a true standout amongst the rest of the albums here, sticking out like a sore thumb both thematically and sonically. With sort of a proto-Rammstein feel, Laibach mixes straight metal with heavy, tinny instrumentation, and fuses it all together with their own unique anti-fascist politics cloaked in pro-fascist rhetoric. The music, described as Martial Industrial, sounds like the sort of music armies may march to in the battlefield, or sing alongside their compatriots in reverence of their glorious leader. It's certainly different, and sometimes it pays off, while other times it all sounds a bit too similar. Leben heißt Leben, a cover of Opus' Live Is Life, is the perfect opener for an album like this. Loud, semi-classical synth pads mingle with sludging guitars and pounding percussion, eventually giving way to a tremendous guitar solo, hitting an emotional, musical peak that they unfortunately don't hit again in the rest of the album. Geburt einer Nation (Birth of a Nation), their cover of Queen's One Vision, is an interesting take on the pop rock classic, but retreads a lot of the ground covered by the intro. A lot of the songs here do end up meshing together into a sort of dirge of guitars and metallic production. It's all nice and loud, with plenty of energy, but a little too one note for my liking. A really interesting listen, though, and something that I at least would consider essential for anybody who is a fan of Rammstein or any form on Industrial Rock/Metal, European or otherwise.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

love me some (politically charged?) penis music

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

My first album from the bottom ten. An album with such a status naturally generates apprehension, a fear that one is due for an hour of the absolutely unlistenable. It also naturally generates some pre-emptive affection, some desire to look kindly upon the underdog. Me, I like to think I've a steely spine and resilient eardrums, so I'm not phased by an album purporting to be tricky. Laibach are a Slovenian group associated with the Neue Slowenische Kunst, a Slovenian art collective formed in 1980 in what was Yugoslavia during the Cold War. Tending towards industrial and neoclassical music, Laibach frequently employs authoritarian, mechanistic and militaristic themes and imagery. This in turn has led to accusations of bad taste and dodgy political sentiments (it's not at all hard to find Laibach wearing ersatz SS uniforms minus the swastikas). I would say that it's pretty clear that Laibach belong with the firm left rather than anything right-wing (they have occasionally used works by the anti-Nazi dadaist John Heartfield on their record sleeves). I shall also mention that Laibach, as part of NSK, has formed their own country without borders, and issues passports to whoever requests them; during the breakup of Yugoslavia, some people managed to use these unofficial passports to escape the region and the violence. Anyway, on to Opus Dei. From the off, one can detect a dadaist leaning in their choice of songs they choose to adapt: Opus' Live is Life and Queen's One Vision (in Geburt einer Nation). Live is Life, that persistently naff 80s package holiday anthem beloved by mulleted Teutons and lobster-red tourists, occurs twice on the album as a harsh marching anthem with collectivist, dominative lyrics, but both times it just comes off as a comical cover of Live is Life, akin to a thrash metal take on Baby One More Time. Likewise, Geburt einer Nation just seems a suitably camp metal version of One Vision, despite the implications of an unsympathetic lyrical reading of the Queen song (one may draw an unpleasant parallel between "one man, one soul, one mission" and "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer"). The rest of the album (or rather, the rest of the vinyl edition of the album, more on that later) maintains this humorous, theatrical air and, for all its purported harshness, can be easily treated as an elaborate gag. Thus, your appreciation of the album may depend on how funny you find it. Personally, whereas it's not quite that I found the joke wearing thin, I wasn't bent double, gasping for air through the spasmic laughter. The CD version of Opus Dei featured a bonus of 4 tracks from their soundtrack album Baptism, and that's what I came here for. Devoid of Opus Dei's attempted satire, the uncompromising stamp of the last four mesmerises, successfully demonstrating the morbid, noisome allure of the despotic and warlike. With the bonus material, it appears that Laibach remembered that if you're going to be an industrial band, you shouldn't be coy about it. So, three stars for the album in total, the full five for the last four.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Refreshing, vond het wel goed. Combinatie van militair en Rammstein. Speciaal.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

uh this was fun. i didn't like a lot of it, but some of it was great.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Okay wow, I didn't know exactly what I expected from this album, but kicking it off with a German-language version of "Live is Life" was exactly not it. So, thanks for that, I enjoyed it. I can imagine this as the soundtrack of some dystopian film where the post punks have taken over the state apparatus. I mean that in a good way, believe it or not. This is some weird, wackadoo stuff, but it's actually kind of fun. Laibach has a unique way of balancing some pretty darkwave vibes, militaristic sounds and imagery with the campy and theatrical. It's surprisingly entertaining. I didn't mind this at album all, although I probably can't see myself throwing it on again for any other purpose except to prove to myself that I didn't imagine it. Fave Songs: Trans-National, Leben - Tod, Opus Dei

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

wtf

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Very cool album. Never been much of a fan of industrial rock but I can definitely hear why this is a revered album.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

interesting

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Nice surprise discovery, didn't know them, very experimental record Favorites: Geburt einen Nation, Tod, Opus Dei (Life is Life)

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

When it starts I’m think what is this. Next phase is: this is cool. Then a few songs later the sound starts to wear. A couple of songs would work in a playlist.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Felt like I was being trolled throughout the entire album, but maybe not unenjoyably so.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Hmmm. I did appreciate that this album sounded unique, I’ve never heard anything like it. I generally don’t mind this type of thing, but the growling voice was a turnoff. I was stuck in stop-and-go traffic during “Herz-Felde,” and I don’t recommend repeating the experience.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Cet album supposement parmi les pires du générateur a su résonner en moi. J'ai depuis son écoute opéré de grands changements dans ma vie. Tout d'abord, j'ai quitté mes différents engagements associatifs dans le milieu du sport pour créer ma propre nouvelle association, basée sur la culture de la race aryenne. J'espère par ce biais remettre au goût du jour une idéologie jugée désuette par ces détracteurs, mais qui a selon moi encore tout l'avenir devant elle. De plus, je ne communiquerai désormais plus qu'en allemand, la langue suprême, ceci représente donc mon dernier review en français. Enfin, j'ai remplacé mon vieux véhicule, une Renault Clio des plus anciennes, par un Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger flambant neuf.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Well that was fucking weird. Unique, you could say. Wasn't very good, but it sure was fucking weird. I've always wondered why the dude from Rammstein used a non-existent accent... I guess it's because he stole it from a Slovenian. Extra points for the weirdness though. 3/5.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Weird and interesting enough to earn it's place on the list I think. I enjoyed it.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

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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Fri Oct 02 2020
2

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

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

Just not my style

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Wed Oct 14 2020
2

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

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

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

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

This was more interesting than good.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

2.5

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Interesting one vision cover

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Couldn’t make it through...

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Don't know why I got this again

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Not for me

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Kinda weird

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

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

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Industrial. Monótono, sombrío, pesado

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

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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Thu May 06 2021
2

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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Thu May 13 2021
2

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Hmnm

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

What

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Not in the mood for that album

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Very German even though the band isn’t from Germany

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

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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Thu May 20 2021
2

nazister?

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

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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Sat Jul 24 2021
2

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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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

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

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Pretty boring Very repetitive

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

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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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
2

5/10

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

🤷‍♂️

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

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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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

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

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

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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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Áhugavert. Þarf að skoða þetta band nánar.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

A poor man's Test Dept.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
2

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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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Not my style but interesting

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

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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Mon Feb 21 2022
2

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Lol

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

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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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Thank god that’s over

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Unsettling

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

Oh, god, Slovenian too

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

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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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

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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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

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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Sun May 08 2022
2

Different 2.5

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Fri May 13 2022
2

could not get into it

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Fri May 27 2022
2

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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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

No es algo que volvería a escuchar, pero si algo que agradezco haber escuchado.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

Right I don't even know what to make of this album, unexpected and bizarre. But I want to give it credit for how mad it was and that the Queen One Vision cover did make me laugh. Luke like one of the more droney ones

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

Ok this has been a wild ride. I read into Laibach in quite fine detail haha, I even went into Reddit and it seems even a super fan cannot say with confidence whether they were trying to make people think about the Holocaust or whether they are Nazi sympathisers. I don't believe they actually are sympathisers and I think they are trying to give a very strong and clever message with their music, their name and actually the entire concept of their group it seems like it's one big art concept. BUT I cannot be certain and that means I can't give them the review to reflect my enjoyment of the music because to me you don't mess around with that, you make it bloody clear that you are not a Nazi sympathiser. I did really enjoy most of the album and aside from this bull shit I would have given it a 4, the Wagener influences are really interesting. I didn't like all the tracks but I enjoyed how camp some of them were! The danger is though, some bunch of neo-nazis may use this to glorify genocide and I that makes me mad so it's going to be a 2.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Pretty sure I was being told to join or start a cult. Still not as bad as Lincoln Park.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Not for me.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Not particularly my taste.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Not my bag - must've been a big inspiration for Rammstein though

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

I cannot. This is so inaccessible to me on so many levels. I don't understand a lick of the language being sung (German?) and it makes me feel like I'm at a rally for an abhorrent political stance that I would never align with. I'm making so many generalizations that are probably so off base, but it's just the way it makes me feel. I don't want any part of this. And the album cover is totally uninviting. Not for me.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Did not grab me

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

If I had to imagine what German Industrial sounded like, it would be exactly like this.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

This is one of those rare albums where you know exactly what it is going to sound like just by looking at the cover. I wasn't surprised by the sound of the metal/industrial/classical anthem first track, but I was surprised to discover it was a cover of "Live is Life." Anyway I quite liked the song, maybe more than the original, as well as The Queen cover after, but you know any LP with a vocalist who sounds like an angry Viking isn't going to have staying power.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Det begynner vanvittig cringe, østtysk operarock som covrer vestlige hiter, men så møter vi forgjengeren til Rammstein og etterkommeren til Electric light orchestra i en og samme person. Albumet utvikler seg progressivt, men jeg holdt ikke hele veien ut. Morsomt å ha vært borti

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Et forferdelig album å høre på. Unngår 1 fordi det tross alt er litt kult.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Not my thing

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Probably great if you're a slovenian metalhead teenager with depression in the 80s.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

C'était unique comme son, clairement c'était une grosse inspiration pour Rammstein, mais malgré le mélange unique de sons, ça devenait redondant plus on approchait de la fin

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

Odd mix of industrial krautrock and 80s synth silliness. Not unpleasant but certainly nothing I will revisit.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
2

Música marcial industrial. Estresante. Un 2.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

det här var det sämsta jag någonsin hört

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Fri Feb 12 2021
1

Not my type of music.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
1

Nope.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
1

terrible

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Mon Jun 14 2021
1

Awful.

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Mon May 03 2021
1

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

Euro trash tv music

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Thu Apr 22 2021
1

That's a nope from me.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

Terribile

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

Weird

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Fri Jun 04 2021
1

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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Thu Jun 17 2021
1

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
1

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
1

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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Fri May 21 2021
1

Truly awful.

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