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Echoes of Laibach in Slovenia

I’m currently in the capital of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Even the name is difficult to spell! While cities such as Bratislava have been depicted as nightmares in movies as Hostel and Eurotrip, Ljubljana is so far of the mental map that it is never even getting mentioned at all in western popular culture.

What do you know of Slovenia? The country is quite secluded despite its colorful neighbours. Slovenia is known for having great castles and caves, as the latter are some of the largest in Europe. But to me, the country is the home of controversial band Laibach, based in the nearby town of Trbovlje.

Dragon The Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana, 2014.

Even though I’ve been listening to them on and off since 1990, they are very far away from the mainstream genre. When I saw them live some years ago, I liked it a lot but a friend (who is generally very open to new music) commented that “they sucked whale balls”. Whatever that means, it’s certainly not something good.

The band recently got a place in the spotlight for making the soundtrack to the movie Iron Sky, but I wouldn’t call them “mainstream” by a longshot. Their new album Spectre was released a month ago and with the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, their music feels more up to date than ever.

Laibach Laibach live in Gothenburg 2007.

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