Nothing like a little bit of horrifying industrial bloodshed to get you out of bed in the morning. On 'Nova Akropola', Laibach's unsettling sound recalls eerie, long forgotten film scores and ferocious power electronics driven with inflamed percussion, along with completely vulnerable vocals that range from opera to death metal growls. All the while it delivers potent political messages -- not that they're all that decipherable in this abstract, constantly morphing work. It sure sounds like a dystopia, though.
CD £8.99 CDMRED67
CD on Cherry Red.
Vinyl LP £19.99 OPT4-016
180g grey / silver coloured vinyl reissue LP + poster on Optic Nerve.
- Coloured vinyl
9/10 Tweek 21st April 2015
Nova Akropola, like Laibach' previous and indeed subsequent realises, perfectly embodies the group's continuous exploration of political/societal themes. Themes of propaganda, control and coercion, fascism, all of which musical captured in an awe-inspiring blend of forceful gritty rhythms, dark textures, carefully placed samples and symphonic grandeur. There is certainly no escaping the influence of early "industrialist", particularly SPK and TG, nonetheless in this release Laibach finally transcends these influences (something which arguably their previous release do not completely succeed in) and creat something rather unique and very special. In many respects, the musical themes developed in this album will serve most later releases and helps crystallise the "Laibach sound".
Anybody interested in early industrial/noise music; SPK, TG, Maurizio Bianchi, Einstürzende Neubauten, Esplendor Geometrico et al, needs to have this in their collection. Also,did I mention it comes in lovely silver vinyl.
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