SPECTRE Special CD Edition
Format: CD Album
LAIBACH releases its brand new album, SPECTRE, on 3rd March 2014. The special edition of the album will come with four extra tracks.
With SPECTRE, Laibach has once again ‘re-invented’ itself in a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, the band calls into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. And yet, despite everything, SPECTRE resonates as a real and full-blooded Laibachian work and nothing else. With this albumLaibach has created a big, important, and dangerous step forward; SPECTRE literally sounds like a political manifesto in poetic form.
The album opens with The Whistleblowers, a contagiously optimistic piece of classic “militant & symphonic” Laibach, sounding like the sequel to Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts’s 1914 “Colonel Bogey March”. This rousing whistle along track – “From North and South / We come from East and West / Breathing as one / Living in fame / Or dying in flame” alludes to the heroism of the new, ‘digital’ Prometheans of freedom – Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange.
No History, knows no mercy, and leaves no doubt: Laibach require uncompromising action, they demand bravery and boldness and seek heroes “who will be the creed of a new political faith”. And, in one of the verses of this song, listeners can find a mini-‘manifesto’ about the album itself, its sonic expression, and the position of the group in relation to its own history.
In amongst these rallying calls from the band, sits a rare Laibach love song: We Are Millions And Millions Are One deals with love in today’s impossible times, times which are dangerously close to the fictional reality of classic anti-utopian novels such as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (Мы), Laibach’s inspiration for this song.
Ending the album is the elegant utopian song Koran, a track that shows the possibility of a better and fairer world – on Earth or in the hereafter. Koran – which literally means ‘recitation’ (also another key Laibachian trait) –, of course, to some extent also refers to the series of uprisings, revolutions and wars in the Arab world that have been taking place in the past few years and which refuse to sink. Consequently, the album ends with the (in)complete, open, unfinished sound of a piano key...
The extended version of the album has four additional bonus tracks, including Love On The Beat, Laibach’s adaptation of the famous Gainsbourg song of his late period, and an adaptation of an old blues standard from Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, which Laibach originally recorded it for the theatre production Die Macht der Finsternis (The Power of Darkness) by Leo Tolstoy.
The magnificent and serious, yet formally playful, fresh and provocative albumSPECTRE steps out of its own shadow and brings an array of new songs and ideas with which Laibach demonstrates that it masterfully manages its position and has now returned in grand style to the international scene.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Feb 2017
This album is really good. Love the variety spectrum of songs.
Posted by Carlo on 18th Jul 2016
Great album.Sounds is perfect and Mina,as well.
Looking forward to catch you on next gig.
Posted by Fredforaneye on 7th Mar 2016
Excellent album! Looking forward to see you @ Impetus festival!
Posted by Alessandro on 15th Oct 2015
Great album! i love your songs!
"The whistleblowers" is my favourite one!
Posted by Alessandro Italy on 21st Aug 2015
Really good CD, I love your music, delivery was very very quick, good quality, I´m a little sorry because there is not complet lirycs of the songs, aniway I´m really happy and I want to buy something soon!
have a nice day
Posted by Unknown on 10th May 2015
aah, those beloved soundscapes of laibach, expressing that something big and important, often enough something threatening is going on. Milan Fras' voice, that could easily mobilize thousands of votes for the spectre party by just being broadcasted, and Mina Spiler's vocals in her own unique style, yet easily flashlighting memories of the best of Siouxsie and the banshees, Lene Lovich and Propaganda. with lyrics that hopefully make people think and ask questions! mission accomplished!
Posted by LIDIJA on 24th Feb 2015
V naše glavno mesto je prišel cirkus. Na predstavo sem šla povsem slučajno. Črno plovilo za gledališčem je nekaj obetalo. In res - razkošje zvoka in zgodba. Odslej sem na to prikovana z očmi in ušesi. Zaradi pokajočega glasu g. F-a mi zdaj vsi zvenijo kot pudlji.
Še isto noč je cirkus zapustil naše glavno mesto...
Posted by jean-marc juin on 24th Mar 2014
Spectre is laibach in pop music. Spectre is also a palimpsest on pop music, laibach and its history. So you will find the classical retrogarde style without forgetting the retromelody of laibach rythms and many other things that a spiritual listener could name as "the true essence of what laibach is through the ages".
But new ideas and others clues appear which transforms everything said into something that could not have been said yet. Spectre is waiting for us, really. We are not able to see the cave where we are. Spectre is the laibach's cave proposal which answers to the plato's cave.
In short, another gem full of beauty and emotions. A cave that gives birth if you have the human ears for being it. Thank you.
Posted by Brian L Groce on 24th Mar 2014
I love you entire catalog and the soundtrack to Iron Cross was Amazing.,'maybe a little less female vocals next time. . But she's still pretty good . Tour the states sometimes . Thanks for the Great music :)
Posted by Peter Blase on 23rd Mar 2014
LAIBACH's Spectre album works perfectly in their line of records! Is it new in the way that Laibach changed totally?
It's a new record, but I don't believe that they've changed!
It's not as simple like some reviews wanted to tell.
Musically and lyrically it's a great work and also Live a great work! But now to something completely different: Find out and feel free ...