Sunday, July 31, 2011

Laibach Is a Seriously Misunderstood Band

The Wholesome Boys of Laibach

The great Slovenian band Laibach have been playing their mix of industrial, neo-classical and pop covers since 1980 when they were part of Yugoslavia's banned NSK art collective.

Lead singer Milan Fras, plays his character on stage as a cross between Vlad Tepes and Himmler, while the rest of the band pull the fascist imagery even further. They intentionally play a nationalistic game, but when matching the images to the music, the parody becomes strikingly clear.

At times musically challenging, and with a rough sense of humor that is not going to be for everyone Laibach remains one of the best Eastern European bands of the last 30 years.

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