Laibach

WAT (Mute Records)

Slovenia's finest export has been creating its propulsive music as a sardonic response to the turmoil in its homeland for two decades now. With Laibach's first release in seven years, the fearless foursome evokes memories of a once-bleak landscape, this time with almost effortless electronic purity. It's political techno-rock.

The opening "B Mashina" sounds off like a dark death march, paving the way for the rest of the record's electro-industrial indulgence. Though not as aggressive as previous outings, WAT still symbolizes the band's viewpoint -- attacking fascism, political correctness, and right-wing politics with a little tongue in cheek for good measure. Although to the uninitiated, there are a few similarities to fetish pyros Rammstein, if only in voice, Laibach's music harbors far-more-thought-provoking overtones, especially in the bludgeoning beatfests "Achtung!" and "Tanz Mit Laibach."

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With lyrical content that always contemplates the bridges between life and death, art and commerce, and other ideologies, Laibach's music has remained an anomaly in a genre that was buried alive by the mid-'90s electronica wave. Regardless, WAT is an updated if not groundbreaking return to form by a band that really needs to get something off its chest. You've been warned.

 
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