20th C Realism,
This review is from: Opus Dei (Audio CD)
Grafting Communist belief to an ailing regime, Laibach scared their parents generation by taking it all very seriously. Under their sleeves they must have howled with a Central European sense of humour. They obeyed commands in the way Jaroslav Hasek had the good soldier Svejk parading across Central Europe to the tune of his superiors.
Laibach contended with a socialism draining through boredom rather than placing its citizens in gulags. Taking the regime at its word they called for and adopted the socialist realist perspective. When applied rigorously it turns into comic surrealism. As the regime shattered however, the petty nationalisms emerged in the wake and the social realism of the jackboot became the model uniform of young Croats, Serbs, Bosnians and people from the surrounding countries.
The music is a blend of hard rock, hunting sounds, deutsche kunste hystrionics, Churchillian speeches all spun into a classical industrial jackboot crunch towards enlightenment liberation. John Heartfield set to music. Laibach expose the sexual liberation of being restricted within a uniform rather than finding the freedom without. It is the antithesis of the 60's notion of long hair, dope smoking, blues loving liberation.
Laibach have a European sensibility, drawing on kitsch, sentimentality, pathos and violence, all of the dangerous elements which created the carnage of the 20th C.
When it emerged from the speakers it conjures death and night and blood. This could have been the direction for central europe in not appreciating the irony. Luckily everyone got the joke in time and turned back.