I’m currently in the capital of Ljubljana, Slovenia. While cities such as Bratislava have been depicted as nightmares in movies as Hostel and Eurotrip, Ljubljana is probably so far off the mental map that it rarely gets mentioned at all in western popular culture.

What do you know of Slovenia? The country is quite secluded despite its colorful neighbors. 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 Bridge in Ljubljana The Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana.

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

Laibach live in Gothenburg 2007 Laibach live in Gothenburg 2007.

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 aggression at Crimea in Ukraine, their music feels more up to date than ever.


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