->''Laibach were and still are just about the biggest IRL trolls on the music scene, if not anywhere in the world.''
-->--'''Encyclopedia Dramatica''' on Laibach

->''Purpose: to provoke maximum collective emotions and release the automatic response of masses..''
-->-- Laibach on Laibach

Laibach is a Slovenian {{Industrial}} music group, formed June 1, 1980 in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), built upon provoking thought via offensive and often [[SelfParody Self Parodic]] aesthetics and are known for never breaking {{Kayfabe}}.

They started off their campaign with their name, which was the medieval German name that the Nazis reimposed on the Slovenian capital during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[SerialEscalation from there]], eventually leading to them being banned from Yugoslavia after a interview on state TV where they appeared in full Nazi regalia spewing nonsensical fascist rhetoric.

Of course they kept right on going, using a [[FauxSymbolism black cross]] as opposed to their now banned name, until the Yugoslavian government collapsed.

Between then and now they’ve covered almost every artist you can think of, [[RevolvingDoorBand gone through a whole roster of members]], [[NiceHat worn some unusual headgear]], and [[http://www.nskstate.com/ founded their own state.]]

The current lineups are:


* Milan Fras - vocals
* Ivan Novak - lights and projection
* Mina Špiler - vocals, synthesizer
* Janez Gabrič - drums
* Luka Jamnik - synthesizer
* Sašo Vollmaier - synthesizer
* Eva Breznikar - vocals, percussion
* Nataša Regovec - vocals, percussion
* Damjan Bizilj - synthesizer


* Luka Jamnik - electronics
* Iztok Turk - electronics
* Janez Gabrič - drums
* Sašo Vollmaier - electronics
* Ivan Novak - electronics and voice

!!Laibach 'music soirée'

* Dejan Knez - electronics and voice
* Srečko Bajda - electronics
* Marko Košnik - electronics
* Andrej Lupinc - electronics and bass guitar

!!Releases (Not including cassette & Vinyl exclusives):

* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Laibach]]'' (1985)
* ''Nova Akropola'' (1986)
* ''Krst Pod Trigvalom - Baptism Below Triglav'' (soundtrack album) (1986)
* ''Opus Dei'' (1987)
* ''Slovenska Akropola'' (live album) (1987)
* ''[[Music/TheBeatles Let It Be]]'' (cover album) (1988)
* ''[[Music/TheRollingStones Sympathy for the Devil]]'' (cover EP) (1988)
* ''Macbeth'' (1990)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Kapital]]'' (1992)
* ''Ljubljana-Zagreb-Beograd'' (live album) (1993)
* ''NATO'' (1994)
* ''Music/{{Jesus Christ Superstar}}s'' (1996)
* ''M.B. December 21, 1984'' (live album) (1997)
* ''WAT'' (2003)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Anthems]]'' (2004)
* ''Volk'' (2006)
* ''[[Music/JohannSebastianBach Laibachkunstderfuge]]'' (Only on CD in Slovenia & Croatia) (2008)
* ''Film/IronSky - The Original Soundtrack'' (soundtrack album) (2012)
* ''Spectre'' (2014)
* ''[[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Also Sprach Zarathustra]]'' (2017)

!!This band exhibits the following tropes:

* AuthorAppeal: Laibach seem to like stags.
** Stags (in various forms) show up in many of their videos.
** A mounted stag's head was one of the stage props at their show in London 2012.
** The [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AWc86pyhL._SS400_.jpg cover picture]] of their early [=LP=] Nova Akropola is a stag.
* BilingualBonus: One of Laibach's best known songs is "One Vision" by Queen, sung in German. It has been re-titled "Geburt Einer Nation," which translates as ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}''.
** Also the title of the Volk album - Volk means people/nation in German, and wolf in their native Slovene. The album is a collection of songs inspired by national anthems. 'Man Is Wolf to Man' ring a bell?
* ConceptAlbum: NATO is about the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, written as it was occurring.
* CoverVersion: This band is most famous for these, having covered (among others) Music/{{Prince}}, Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/{{Queen}}, {{DAF}}, Europe and even Paul Revere And The Raiders. Also their cover of Opus's "Life Is Life" inspired the Juno Reactor song "God Is God", which they covered in turn.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: All their covers are re-arranged in their trademark deadpan comic {{Industrial}} style.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "God is God" and "Life is Life"
* GenreShift: Far from their current Wagnerian EBM, their early work was a No Wave inspired mass of ominous clattering percussion, guttural growls and Free Jazz influenced brass.
* LargeHam: Milan Fras imitates demagogues, so this is a given.
* NiceHat: Singer Milan Fras always wears a distinctive cap with long skirts at the back and sides.
* PoesLaw: It's not uncommon that they're mistaken to be genuinely fascist, no matter how ridiculous they get. Most bizarre of them all was when '''UsefulNotes/NorthKorea''', of all countries, [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/21/asia/laibach-north-korea/ invited them to perform at their capital]], leading many to wonder if the authoritarian nation had finally grown a sense of humor or had just missed all the satire.
* PuttingOnTheReich: They originally wore Yugoslavian army uniforms, but later got some personalized black uniforms that hit this trope right on the head.
* RefugeInAudacity: Almost all of the time.
* RockMeAmadeus: They performed a surprisingly straightforward interpretation of [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Die Kunst Der Fuge]] on synthesizers, and reworked Music/RichardWagner's "Overture To The Tannhäuser And The Singers' Contest At The Wartburg", "Sigfried-Idyll" and "The Ride Of The Walkyries".
* StealthParody: Probably the point of their totalitarian image gimmick.
* ShoutOut: In an interview, the band mentioned that they were influenced by "[[UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito Tito]], Music/{{Toto}} and [[Creator/JacquesTati Tati]]."
* ThoseWackyNazis: Big time with this trope.
* TropeCodifier: Of Martial Industrial music, later popularized by their [[FollowTheLeader followers]] Music/{{Rammstein}}. They themselves describe Rammstein as [[TakeThat "Laibach for adolescents"]].