Laibach

Monday, September 22

Laibach can make any song conform to their engaging/disturbing militaristic aesthetic. They transformed Queen's "One Vision," a giddy utopian ditty inspired by Live Aid and featured in Iron Eagle, into a faux-fascist rally, with a stentorian German delivery darkening lines like "one race/one hope/one real decision." They turned Europe's cheesy synthfest "The Final Countdown" into Wagnerian propaganda, albeit with a disco pulse. And they made The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" so terrifyingly ominous that listeners might suspect Satan himself is indeed the vocalist. Formed in 1980, the Slovenian band mixes strident industrial beats with operatic bombast, resulting in some of the most epic dance songs ever assembled. Live, Laibach barrages the audience with provocative video imagery. Largely instrumental albums such as 1990's Macbeth keep Laibach's sets stocked with eerie atmospheric segues, while electro-metal tunes from records like 1996's Jesus Christ Superstars serve as violent spell-breakers.

Mon., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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