sabato 1 giugno 2013

LAIBACH - "WAT" (2003)

"Wat" marked Laibach's return to original compositions after a hiatus of seven years. 
It is a surprisingly solid and creative album, with the band at the height of its instrumental power. It contains a sequence of devastating Electronic Body Music tracks, with danceable techno beats, bombastic choirs, and sharp synthesizer progressions. 
The anthem "Tanz mit Laibach" is probably their most successful attempt on this front (I consider it at the same level of D.A.F.'s "Der Mussolini").

Anyway, "B Mashina" and "Anti-Semitism", the opening and the closing track respectively, are different from the rest. The first is a radical re-working of a song originally performed by Slovenian band Siddharta (it's amazing how Laibach converted a bland rock song into a science-fiction industrial masterpiece), the second is a martial tragedy with orchestral arrangements, which once again shows the horror of which humans are capable ("Down the road they go, Down the road they go, Against us they go, Against you they go, With crosses on the foreheads, With fire in the eyes, With crosses on the foreheads, With a star in their hearts").

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