1980
Jun 01

Formation

Laibach was established on the 1st of June, 1980 in Trbovlje. The name Laibach is the historic German version of the name for Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana.
Formation
1982
Jan 21

First Concert – Disco VF 112/15, Ljubljana

Part of Victims of a Plane Crash event.
First Concert – Disco VF 112/15, Ljubljana
Sep 10

“Novi Rock” Festival Concert

Dressed in stark black and grey (mainly Yugoslav army) uniforms, Laibach performed ferocious noise assaults before a backdrop of totalitarian regalia and wartime slides with political speeches from...Show more Tito, Jaruzelski, Mussolini, and others spliced into the mix. Playing in front of aggressive hostile crowds was not without its risks as lead singer Tomaž Hostnik discovered after a bottle struck him during the show. Although bleeding from a facial wound he showed no reaction and the photograph of the wounded Hostnik is now one of the most iconic Laibach images.
“Novi Rock” Festival Concert
1983
Apr 21

Ausstelung – Laibach Kunst

Galerija ŠKUC, Ljubljana
Jun 23

First Video Interview – TV Tednik (TV Weekly)

In June 23rd 1983, the group made their first television appearance in an interview on the current affairs programme TV Tednik (TV Weekly) (10). Wearing military fatigues and white armbands bearing a...Show more simple black cross, Laibach were interviewed in front of graphic images of large political rallies more than a little reminiscent of those in Nuremberg whilst reciting their “Documents of Oppression”. Their flirtation with such controversial imagery once again revealed uncomfortable similarities between Fascist and Socialist Realist iconography; similarities which instantly posed questions about the freedom of the media and the message. Their extremely provocative appearance on this program prompted the show’s host to brand them “enemies of the people”, appealing to respectable citizens everywhere to intervene and destroy this dangerous group.
First Video Interview – TV Tednik (TV Weekly)
1985
Apr 27

"LAIBACH" album release

This is Laibach’s first full-length studio recording and debut album, originally released in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.. Due to the official ban of the group by the Slovene authorities,...Show more which lasted between 1983 – 1987, this album was released without the title and without the name of the group. It was first published in Slovenia and Yugoslavia only, as vinyl in April 27, 1985 for ŠKUC/R.O.P.O.T. independent Slovenian label, created by Igor Vidmar. Later in 1991 it was also released on CD and reissued again in 1995. Additional  tracks “Policijski hit” (Police hit) and “Prva TV generacija”(First TV Generation) were attributed to Laibach’s sub-group 300.000 Verschiedene Krawalle.  Album was remastered and reissued again in 1999 with additional bonus tracks. Open album page
May 09

"REKAPITULACIJA 1980-1984" album release

1986
Feb 08

"NOVA AKROPOLA" album release

1987
Mar 09

"GEBURT EINER NATION" album release

Mar 23

"OPUS DEI" album release

The first Laibach album for the Mute label. Featuring the classic Laibach remakes Opus Dei/Leben Heisst Leben (originally Life Is Life,by Opus) and Geburt Einer Nation (originally One Vision, by The Queen). Open album page
Jun 20

"LIFE IS LIFE" album release

1988
Oct 24

"LET IT BE" album release

Laibach’s controversial remake of the Beatles historic album. Open album page
Nov 11

"KRST POD TRIGLAVOM – BAPTISM" album release

Nov 28

"ACROSS THE UNIVERSE" album release

1990
Mar 19

"SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL" album release

1992
Apr 21

"KAPITAL" album release

1993
Jun 07

"LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB – BEOGRAD" album release

1994
Oct 11

"NATO" album release

NATO is the seventh in a sequence of official Laibach LP releases that have artistically redefined the political map of Europe. The LP’s themes are flagged by the single release of Europe’s Final...Show more Countdown. The NATO title is taken from the initials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the mutual military support group founded in 1949 by the USA, Canada and various European countries. Following the break-up of the Soviet bloc, NATO has recently signed friendship treaties with Russia and other former Warsaw Pakt countries with the aim of promoting peace and prosperity in the upper Northern hemisphere. Meanwhile, in the Balkans, the war goes on.Now Laibach take NATO where NATO itself has refused to go. The selections on NATO: the album have been determined by the group’s response to changing Europe and changing world orders. Open album page
1996
Oct 28

"JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARS" album release

Unlike his last visit 2,000 years ago, Laibach’s vision of Jesus for the new Millennium is rescued from the gospels of Hollywood and popular culture, which cast Christ as a cyborg figure, like...Show more Robocop or Judge Dredd, dispensing instant justice come your judgement day. Laibach’s album tackles the role of religion, its uses and misuses at the tail-end of the 20th century. Recorded in Ljubljana, and mixed in London with Alan Moulder, its nine tracks include original Laibach versions of the Lloyd Webber musical hit “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the Artist Formerly Known As Prince’s “The Cross” and Juno Reactor’s “God is God”, alongside Laibach’s own “Kingdom Of God”, “Abuse And Confession”, “Declaration Of Freedom”, “Message From The Black Star” and “To The New Light”.The album is concluded with the instrumental coda “Deus Ex Machina”. Musically the album is a cyborg mix of machine rhythm, heavy metal and Laibachised choruses and arrangements. The album was prophesied by the single release on 30 September 1996 of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, backed with Juno Reactor’s “God Is God” – the latter remixed by, among others, Area 39, Random Logic and Coptic Rain. Open album page
2003
Sep 08

"WAT" album release

On WAT Laibach accelerate once more, fuelled by the contradictions and controversies of a 23-year history, dragging audiences into their own temporal zone, conjuring up the normally hidden forces...Show more supporting the regimes that govern our reality. Laibach suspend the visibly disintegrating global rule of “business as usual”. Nothing and no one is spared interrogation by Laibach and the effects of its interventions are irreversible. WAT interrogates both Laibach’s own history and the desires and projections of its audiences. Open album page
2004
Oct 04

"ANTHEMS" album release

Laibach Anthems was released on the 4th October as a 2 x CD hardbook package. CD1 of the album is a collection of the best of Laibach’s anthemic songs including previously unreleased material while...Show more CD2 contains mixes, some of which are unavailable elsewhere. The package includes a 40 page booklet containing paintings, photographs and writing on the band by Alexei Monroe. Open album page
2006
Oct 23

"VOLK" album release

VOLK is a collection of interpretations of national anthems and beside others it also includes the transnational anthem of NSK State in time. All other tracks are based on and inspired by original...Show more anthems. The opening track, Germania uses Das Lied der Deutschen, originally written in 1797 and used after World War I as the national anthem of the German Empire at the time of the Weimar Republic, while the single, Anglia, uses John Bull’s God Save the Queen/King as its inspiration. The tracks are mostly sung in English but each song has a guest singer, often singing in his national language. Open album page
2008
May 05

"LAIBACHKUNSTDERFUGE" album release

Album is the laibachian interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s work The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge). The majority of the material has been created already in 2006 and premierly performed the same year on June the 1st at Bachfest in Leipzig. Open album page
2012
Apr 06

"IRON SKY" album release

Apr 14

"MONUMENTAL RETRO – AVANT – GARDE" album release

Nov 03

"REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED" album release

2013
Dec 13

"IRON SKY – Director’s cut" album release

2014
Mar 03

"SPECTRE" album release

With SPECTRE, Laibach has once again ‘re-invented’ itself in a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, the band calls into question all the rigid and cemented...Show more interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. And yet, despite everything, SPECTRE resonates as a real and full-blooded Laibachian work and nothing else. With this album Laibach has created a big, important, and dangerous step forward; SPECTRE literally sounds like a political manifesto in poetic form. Open album page
Aug 01

"Laibach – I VIII 1944 Warszawa" album release

Polish National Centre for Culture released the brand new Laibach EP, titled: 1 VIII 1944. Warszawa. Laibach was invited by the NCC to create the special project CD, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising*. Open album page
2015
Aug 19

North Korea Concert – Ponghwa Theatre

Aug 20

North Korea Concert – Kum Song Music School

2017
Jul 14

"Also Sprach Zarathustra" album release

The music for the album was originally created for a theatrical production of Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Also Sprach Zarathustra) based on Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical novel of the same name,...Show more which premiered in March 2016. Also Sprach Zarathustra is an update of the music Laibach created for the play, directed by Matjaž Berger for the Anton Podbevšek Theatre (APT) in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Open album page
2018
Sep 23

"The Sound of Music" album release

The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in...Show more Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”). Open album page