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Laibach: Spectre Digital Deluxe

Now expanded with extra tracks and remixes.

Released last year, Laibach’s first album in almost a decade was a welcome reminder that these veteran Slovenian art-punk provocateurs were combining totalitarian kitsch and croaky-voiced Dystopian doomtronica long before Rammstein took their sound to a stadium level.

This reissue features a disc of remixes plus half a dozen extra tracks. The cream of the new material includes the Anglo-French torture-porn electro stomper Love On The Beat and See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, which sounds like Nick Cave attempting a jaunty Euro-pop hit.

The remix CD Spectremix, also sold separately, is too heavy on tastefully polished armchair techno. That said, iTurk’s version of Koran shimmers along on an infectiously upbeat trance groove, while Konstantin Sibold’s remake of We Are Millions And Millions Are One has an alluringly prickly post-punk electro feel./o:p

Stephen Dalton has been writing about all things rock for more than 30 years, starting in the late Eighties at the New Musical Express (RIP) when it was still an annoyingly pompous analogue weekly paper printed on dead trees and sold in actual physical shops. For the last decade or so he has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock magazine. He has also written about music and film for Uncut, Vox, Prog, The Quietus, Electronic Sound, Rolling Stone, The Times, The London Evening Standard, Wallpaper, The Film Verdict, Sight and Sound, The Hollywood Reporter and others, including some even more disreputable publications.