Release Date: Nov 6, 2012
Record label: Mute
Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock
Compared to the 2004 compilation Anthems (which was a two disc set, but with one disc given up to remixes) this 2012 overview of Laibach has eight extra years to cover, and with one bonafide career highlight occurring during that time, the absolutely epic "B Mashina", which was a key feature of the Nazis-on-the-moon, dark comedy film Iron Sky. If getting "B Mashina" is a "pro", then losing the jackbooted techno monster called "Tanz Mit Laibach" from the tracklist is certainly a "con", but true to their titles, the older Anthems focused on the "greatest hits" of the group, while this one goes for the full, avant-garde Laibach picture. At least as much as can fit on a one disc overview, since this group that some see as Rammstein in fascist garb are much more than a Germanic techno band who do absurd cover versions.
For those yet to be familiar with Laibach, it’s not an introduction that can possibly happen ordinarily. Some of us are introduced by an A-Level politics teacher, first experiencing them live at the foot of a Serbian fortress… Whereas others will be introduced simply by a review such as this. Whatever way it happens, it will be in some measure terrifying and hilarious.