KMFDM [reviews]
Updated by Draconina on 11/09/2010 10:21
Wurst |Metropolis Rec./KMFDM Inc., 2010|

1. D.I.Y. (Edit), 2. Tohuvabohu (Edit), 3. Son Of A Gun (Overhauled Mix Edit), 4. Juke Joint Jezebel (Single Mix), 5. Naive (Edit), 6. Sucks (12" Mix Edit), 7. Hau Ruck (Edit), 8. More and Faster (12" Mix), 9. Money (Radio Mix), 10. Megalomaniac (Single Mix Edit), 11. Virus (12" Mix Edit), 12. Light (Cellulite Radio Mix), 13. Anarchy (Edit), 14. Vogue (Edit), 15. Split (12" Mix Edit), 16. WWIII (Edit), 17. Godlike (12" Mix Edit), 18. A Drug Against War (Single Mix), 19. Power (Single Mix Edit)

With every release of The Best Of, set of singles, B-sides, remasters, mixes and remixes, KMFDM forces me to go back and listen to the first editions of the songs again just to be able to catch the changes. Though there are a lot of releases to check out, the official KMFDM discography lists over 29 albums and 26 singles, ranging from the middle of the 90's up to the present.
I believe that the die hard fans of KMFDM have memorized every segment of the songs by heart, so such compilation albums like Wurst are put out particularly for them.

The tracklist shows nineteen songs on the new album. The problem is that this is a compilation offering more or less the same songs which have been presented on similar collection albums put out by the band before. There are immortal tracks like Money, Godlike, Juke-Joint Jezebel, Naive, Light, Virus, Vogue, A Drug Against War and Split. It's a mystery to me why KMFDM hasn't tuned up such interesting songs like Unfit, Move On, Murder, Zip, Trash Up!, Thumb Thumb or Leibeslied which were placed on older albums, or even the whole record Don't Blow Your Top, which I find the poorest in their discography. I guess there are no doubts about it, the musicians stated clearly at the beginning of Wurst: "KMFDM will never stop".

Exalted tunes like the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio advertisement that introduces bestseller movies begins the album. The tune creates an intro to D.I.Y (Edit) then gets supported by a dynamic, arithmetically measured tempo very typical for KMFDM music.

Tohuvabohu (Edit) was enhanced up to match current electro-EBM style music, but still keeps its original features so it sounds more like a remix than a fresh mix. Other than that, Son Of A Gun (Overhauled Mix Edit) includes segments utilized often in trance music (let's say Infected Mushroom), though the whole song is based on a mixture of electronics, vocals and guitar riffs too. Basically, those short cut riffs create a characteristic KMFDM sound in my mind. If any other band accidentally used a similar idea, not even knowing about KMFDM before, then it would be very easy to target them as copycats anyway.

The biggest KMFDM hit - Juke-Joint Jezebel (Single Mix) comes next. I don't think there's anybody on the industrial rock, industrial, electro etc... scenes who would be unfamiliar with the song. In fact, every version of Juke-Joint Jezebel made by the band sounds more or less the same as the original track. To this notion I say very well, because it's a very cool, danceable song and it is probably the best in the KMFDM discography. It doesn't matter that it was recorded fifteen years ago. The above opinion also supports my review of the song Light (Cellulite Radio Mix) as well, which is yet another flagship track for the band.

Naive (Edit), with its characteristic moods introduces the listener to the sound of the legendary American Wax Trax! Label. If one is familiar with their releases you may be reminded of analogies to My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult music as well. Naive, like most of MLWTTK songs is based on house-rave beats with female backing vocals (in this track she's Lucia Cifarelli singing). Other similarities were underlined in the vocals, song arrangement (repetitive choruses, sampling) and its erotically tinted subject ("Tell Me Secrets, Tell Me Sweet Secrets").

Sucks (12" Mix Edit) is a perky KMFDM self-advertisement. The original song comes from the 1993 album Angst and contains an explanation of what KMDFM really is ("We're KMFDM and all other bands stink (…) You might think we're stupid but we're way above it, We don't give a shit and the kids just love it"). The musicians ironically laughed at various KMFDM shortage interpretations which were decrypted by some as "Kill Mother-Fucking Depeche Mode" or "Kylie Minogue Fans Don't Masturbate" while singing "We don't like Michael Jackson, we hate Depeche Mode, we don't care for Madonna or Kylie Minogue". They also explained in one sentence how their music was made ("Our music is sampled, totally fake, It's done by machines 'cause they don't make mistakes") and what was also worth mentioning them saying is ("No doubt about it, KMFDM sucks"). Oh well, self-irony is a weapon of minority anyway.

When it comes to Hau Ruck (Edit), it wasn't changed much after comparing to the original track. The new version is an interesting remix in the way the track holds dynamic guitar riffs, but the beat was improved upon and additional effects were layered on top of the vocals. Then, More and Faster (12" Mix) provides that WaxTrax! label sound again, however it also presents some glam rock style sounds probably grabbed from Gary Glitter's "Rock'n'Roll" hit before it continues to the end based on the sample.

Megalomaniac (Single Mix Edit) was adjusted to meet the needs of the clubbers, kept in a similar thread like the trance mood of Son Of A Gun, while Virus (12" Mix Edit) provides funky guitars and house music samples. Unfortunately, Anarchy (Edit) was mucked up by electro-gothic additions as well as Tohuvabohu (Edit) in a similar manner as described earlier.
Vogue (Edit) has always been a poor song, so the new mix didn't help. Other than that, Split (12" Mix Edit) is yet another jump into the WaxTrax! sound for the third time (or if one prefers – MLWTTKK), mainly thanks to the slap bass lines, groovy moods, female backing vocals and repetitive lyrics.

In the beginning of WWIII (Edit) there are some southwestern (Texas-like) music atmospheres (stepping + mandolin), but then the song becomes aggressive with a multitude of guitars, Lucia's screaming voice and a dynamic tempo.
Godlike (entitled 12" Mix Edit on this album) belongs among the ranks of the best songs by KMFDM, like Juke-Joint Jezabel and Light. In fact, its sound cannot be damaged easily under one condition – the original dynamics must be kept. It's an interesting mix that is kept short, leaving no time for a listener to get bored.
The sound of A Drug Against War (Single Mix) doesn't leave any doubts to what band made the song. Recognizable, short cut guitar riffs are empowered with fast, dynamic beats and the lyrics are sung with a saucy voice by Sascha Konietzko along with additional electronics layered throughout the background.

The album finishes with Power (Single Mix Edit), which has been a long time hit of KMFDM mainly thanks to Lucia's vivid voice, but very little was changed when compared in whole to the original edition.

On a final note, while listening to the Wurst album, I was drawn into thinking of KMFDM as if the band was chasing their own tail. The way I understand it is that a band usually retains a deep seeded need to stay creative and make songs. Then they release brand new albums with brand new songs. But, if a band releases a set of well known songs just mixed in different configurations every year or two, then it may mean that they simply have nothing more to say. Or, that the only thing that probably matters to them has become the sale of their merchandise to their die hard fans. Could it be that it's not about keeping a high positioned place on the scene anymore or being competitive to other bands playing industrial rock music?
It's enough though to look at the KMFDM Myspace profile where they have gathered over 98.000 fans between 2005 and 2010, but only the musicians of KMFDM themselves are the 'top 5 friends'.

I think that (not only my) expectations from the evolution of KMFDM are higher, mostly because they are one of the few industrial rock bands which survived fro over 20 years on the scene. Many musicians of other bands in the genre have since either quit their bands due to lack of ideas or turned to far away from activity in the music business.
However, one cannot deny that KMFDM have stayed professional when it comes to high quality music and production as well as set up a platform for stable self-advertisement on the Internet. That is also helpful to be able to run their own online store as well as maintain control of money coming from music and merchandise sales.

The Wurst album is recommended to persistent KMFDM album collectors first and foremost because it doesn't cast any new values amongst the bands history.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, 11/09/2010. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Blitz |Metropolis, 2009|

1. Up Uranus (symbol), 2. Bait & Switch, 3. Davai, 4. Never Say Never, 5. Potz Blitz!, 6. People Of The Lie, 7. Being Boiled, 8. Strut, 9. Bitches, 10. Me & My Gun, 11. Take'm Out.

KMFDM has been continuing its oeuvre for the last 25 years now while a lot of bands either put in a hiatus or just quit their music activity.
Their success is probably based on the international line-up, because they come from Germany, USA and Great Britain. KMFDM has some connections to or even fascinations with Russia as well and seemingly they are loved the most out there thanks to juicy, screaming and comic like artworks along with certain fonts used, recalling those early CCCP posters amongst all.
An attraction to KMFDM has been also drawn by talented and sexy Lucia Cifarelli with her sweet-predatory voice. She also took part in such side projects like MDFMK, KGC and Drill.

KMFDM have tried a lot of ways to stay attractive to their die hard fans and gather new listeners and album buyers during their years of activity. It seems KMFDM released the biggest number of singles, B-sides, re-releases and unreleased demos amongst all of industrial rock bands. Additionally the group has always had a support of bigger record labels of which they stayed the longest with Wax Trax! and Metropolis, however both of them directed their releases to the certain groups of listeners. KMFDM owns its own record label though (KMFDM Records), and its musicians left USA to get back to Germany a few years ago.

Blitz is the sixteenth studio album in KMFDM's discography and.. not that great to me though I cannot say I've ever been a faithful fan of their tunes.
It's clear the band tried to reach a bigger number of the listeners with Blitz release and so they have modified their characteristic sound what brought to, I dare to say, pop songs as if made for ordinary radio airplays. Such tracks like “Strut”, “Bitches” or “Bait & Switch” sound too easy going and flat to me of KMFDM I have heard so far.
On the other hand, there are heavier songs on Blitz, maybe not that heavy like those released on Xtort in 1996 (their best album to me) but still I enjoyed listening to them and I'm glad they decided to follow such moods. “Up Uranus (Symbol)” and “Never Say Never” are the perfect examples with their dynamics, aggression, heavier guitar riffs, Lucia's predatory voices and general songs vibes. „Potz Blitz” sounds Rammstein-like mostly thanks (or due!) to marching rhythm and the lyrics sung in German but „Me & My Gun” reminds me some songs by Angelspit, what's not a shock considering the fact the two bands were touring together not that long time ago.

There are two surprises on Blitz as well. The first one is called „Davai” sung by Sasha in perfect Russian with a typical Russian eagerness calling the people to 'unite'. For an average Pole the lyrics sound understandable but for the Americans and the rest of non Slavic world “Davai” may sound exotic still, what actually should draw attention all around the world.
The other surprise should be recognized by the fans of new romantic music because one of the main bands of the style, besides Duran Duran and Gary Numan, was Human League and their weird song „Being Boiled” has been covered by many so far. I was always astonished why this song rose so much of an interest because it's not a typical new romantic track with its odd cold, mechanic rhythm and gloomy moods.
Additionally, Blitz album features guest appearances of Swedish musician Tim Skold (Shotgun Messiah, Marilyn Manson) and a pop singer Cheryl Wilson who had worked with KMFDM on their WWIII album before.

It's definitely a useful release for your KMFDM albums collection and a few of the songs can be easily used for both radio shows and podcasts.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Naïve |WaxTrax!, 1990|

1. Welcome, 2. Naïve, 3. Die Now-Live Later, 4. Piggybank, 5. Achtung!, 6. Friede (Remix), 7. Liebeslied, 8. Go to Hell, 9. Virus (Dub), 10. Disgust (Live), 11. Godlike (Chicago Trax Version)

KMFDM is the industrial rock/metal powerhouse, created by Sascha Konietzko. Naïve is the band's 5th album, and the most interesting to date. This time, Sascha is backed by En Esch, Günter Schulz, Rudolph Naomi, and Christine Stewart on the album.

"Welcome to a world of KMFDM. Let me introduce you to our new album, Naïve". A heart-felt opening statement when I popped in the album blasted throughout the speakers. Immediately following the message came the track "Naïve". If fans of KMFDM were comfortable to the reggae vibe of UAIOE or the experimental vibe of Don't Blow Your Top (two earlier KMFDM albums), then they're in for another new ride. "Naïve" has a relaxed atmosphere the entire time. Stewart's sexy vocals are perfect for backing up the relaxed atmosphere created by the others. It's extremely hard to even slap a genre tag on "Naïve" due to the uniqueness.

Other songs on the album give off a nod to the metal experiments of KMFDM. "Go to Hell," "Piggybank", and "Liebeslied" have heavy notable guitar riffs that are prominent within the tracks. Some of the other tracks have an almost danceable funk influence to them. "Friede (Remix)" and "Virus (Dub)" come to mind.

A disappointment about the album is that a better tracklist could have been assembled. The songs "Friede (Remix)", "Virus (Dub)", "Disgust (Live)", and "Godlike (Chicago Trax Version)" are all — yep, you guessed it — remixes of their original counterparts. I've heard the originals, and all 4 are better than the remixes that are found on Naïve. If you're interested in this album or KMFDM in general, then I suggest to seek out the 4 originals.

Overall, Naïve is a solid and refreshing effort by KMFDM. Even though it'll disappoint those reggae lovers that listened to UAIOE on constant rotation, Naïve is worth picking up anyway. (Xenerki)

Opium |Metropolis Records, 1984|

1. Fix Me Up, 2. Splatter, 3. The Smell, 4. Helmut Mein Helmut, 5. Warp'd, 6. Penetration, 7. Entschuldigung, 8. Cuntboy, 9. RAF OK, 10. Mating Sounds Of Helicopters.

Opium is the debut album by KMFDM released in 1984 (only 200 cassette copies). It was reissued as a remastered version with a slightly different tracklist in 2002.
This updated version sounds in step with our days thanks to a cleaner sound rebuilt with great care. Notwithstanding, the songs still retain their spirit and listening to them reminds one of walking along the Reeperbahn, Hamburg and breathing a smell of the port during the 80s.

Konietzko, Watts (KMFDM founding members) and Ton Geist produced the archetype of what would be later their trademark: the Ultra Heavy Beat sound.
"Fix Me Up" precedes the atmospheres of Hollywood by Marilyn Manson of twenty years. "The Smell" creeps into the mind with its analgesic and euphoric effects (VNV Nation should be inspired by this song for their track 'Descent', they sound very similar). "Helmut Mein Helmut" harks back to the Belgian EBM, mainly DAF, and it will occur not the last time considering that even in the song "Ultra" (from Nihil) Konietzko was inspired by the DAF track "Verschwende Deine Jugend (from Gold Und Liebe)".

"RAF OK" winds between samples and refined guitars. "Penetration" seduces the listener with the persuasive voice of Watts and warm atmospheres, as if projected at a dark night club like in David Lynch movie in the fashion of Twin Peaks or Blue Velvet. "Cuntboy" is an interesting experiment that encompasses many music styles; like for instance dub, that was developed in subsequent works later on.

Opium it is an attractive release which allows us to appreciate the most experimental sound of KMFDM, sometimes omitted in their discography, to give place to a simpler and monotonous composition formula. (Marco Gariboldi. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens)

Brimborium |Metropolis Records, 2008|

01. Tohuvabohu (MS 20 Mix) By Combichrist, 02. Looking For Strange, (Super Strange Mix) By Die Krupps, 03. Superpower (Buttfunk Mix) By Kapt'n K., 04. Headcase (Hallowe'en Mix) By Jules Hodgson, 05. Tohuvabohu (Ex Nihilo Mix) By Angelspit, 06. I Am What I Am (The One And Only Mix) By Steve White, 07. Looking For Strange (All Strung Up Mix) By Velox Music, 08. Saft Und Kraft (Saft Und Crack Mix) By DJ Acucrack, 09. Not In My Name (Check Yourself Mix) By 16 Volt, 10. Headcase (Fix Mix) By Angelspit, 11. Spit Or Swallow (Electric Stomp Mix) By Velox Music, 12. You're No Good (Zomb'd Out Mix) By Zombie Girl, 13. What We Do For You

A collection of mixes from Tohuvabohu is just a collection of mixes to me as I'm not a fan of flipping the songs over trying to give them more expression than originals, which eventually were very cool. The idea of remixes these days seems to be about giving an exposure for less or more known bands tho. So that's why you will listen here to 16volt, DJ Acucrack, Die Krupps, Angelspit and others as well as KMFDM musicians. To me there are only a few remixes which rose my interest - definitely by a star of electronic-noise scene of the last 2 years, an Australian band Angelspit in Tohuvabohu (Ex Nihilo Mix) and Headcase (Fix Mix). As for more entertaining remixes aimed to the dancefloors Spit Or Swallow (Electric Stomp Mix) by Velox Music and Tohuvabohu (MS 20 Mix) by Combichrist may fit perfectly.

I paid a special attention to a remix by 16volt, with a solid rhythm and cool samples in the background but finally I found that remix a bit too long and its spots supported only by drum beats were kind of dumb. Other than that the remix has its nice, vibrating moments as well and could be considered as necessary to play at a club party to put the listeners in a sort of trance ;)

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Hau Ruck |Metropolis Records, 2005|

Free Your Hate, Hau Ruck, You're No Good, New American Century, Real Thing, Every Day's A Good Day, Mini Mini Mini, Professional Killer, Feed Our Fame, Ready To Blow, Auf Wiederseh'n

After 21 years of the music activity KMFDM have released the best album in their career. The same people leading by a charismatic Sascha and supported by tempting Lucia return to us in a very good condition. They moved from Sanctuary to Metropolis (gathering mostly electronic bands to mention Front Line Assembly, Numb, Out Out, Noise Unit, Juno Reactor, Decree, Haujobb, Halo Gen or Gridlock). Industrial rock is not dead yet as we can hear at this album.

The dynamics knocks out and almost every song. 'Free Your Hate' seems to be a 100% successful song on the dancefloors around the world. Next - 'Hau Ruck' sticks in a memory quickly because of the nice samples and good guitar riffs. Another fusion of guitars and electronics comes in You're No Good spiced with Lucia's sexy voice.

Next comes New American Century, my personal hit on the whole album. The song is typical for KMFDM ventures but enriched with lots of intriguing samples. Lucia temptates again in 'Real Thing' song which reminds me the vibe of Sister Machine Gun or Machines of Loving Grace. 'Every Day's A Good Day'.... (to die), it's a song with an aggressive voices but I'm not convinced if it's cool. Mini Mini Mini - I was looking for the lyrics and found something written in French. I thought it was a French translation but it's the original text with the heavy and monotone sound. However it's catchy a lot!

Then we get Professional Killer which is a really killing song suitable for a fast car drive or a hot dancefloor. 'Ready To Blow' it's another example of well composed song and the other hit on the album. The last song is heavy and sang in German language what adds even heavier vibe to it. To sum up, it's a pleasure to write a review for such a good record like Hau Ruck is. What's more it contains all the features to become a cult album in KMFDM discography.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Tohuvabohu |Metropolis Records, 2007|

1. Superpower,2. Looking For Strange,3. Tohuvabohu,4. I Am What I Am,5. Saft und Kraft,6. Headcase,7. Los Ninos Del Parque (cover, originally by Liaisons Dangereuses),8. Not In My Name,9. Spit or Swallow,10. Fait Accompli,11. Bumaye

KMFDM has been self releasing or even better - self promoting in industrial rock music for many years. This CD sounds like a continuation of Hau Ruck released in 2005, what means it's a good direction, because the content of both CDs is an interesting one, easy to dance to at the parties and headbang on the shows.

Lucia temptates using her charm (I Am What I Am, Fait Accompli) to show her claws in a little while. I have to admit the CD grew on me tho. I didn't like it at the very first listening finding beginning songs somewhat standard but I liked it when I reached the middle of the CD content.

Actually once I've heard I Am What I Am mentioned above I was attracted to the songs till the very end of the CD. I have no idea what caused the tracklist set in such an order. If they put a bit trash metal Saft Und Kraft or Spit or Swallow with its simple but drawing attention rhythm at the very top of the tracklist it would sound better to me.
Besides above songs I'd like you to pay attention to Bumaye, with cool Far East music add-ons.

There is a balanced proportion between guitars and electronics on the CD, tho f.e. Looking For Strange is more for dancing and seems like taking a turn towards a different style of music. Superpower track may be liked by older industrial rock fans in love with Revolting Cocks or MLWTTKK because it reminds those early 90's WaxTrax! products which label KMFDM was signed to for many years.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Agogo |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1998|

Thank You, Godlike, Virus-Dub, Rip The System, Naff Of, Mysterious Ways, Ooh La La, Hole In The Wall, Agogo, Zip

I was playing a Flash game called Pico some time ago, where was a part of a song "Godlike" used. It comes from this album. There is also a cover version of Mysterious Ways in original recorded by U2. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Angst |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1993|

Light, A Drug Against War, Blood (Evil Mix), Lust, Glory, Move On, No Peace, A Hole In The Wall, Sucks, The Problem

50 minutes of a boredom plus one song worth of memory - Glory. It's a way more guitar driven album but it still lacks of something. 'Light' song was remixed by Trent Reznor and as a 'Light (Fat Back Dub)' was used on a bootleg called 'The Tainted Touch of Trent's Carress'.( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Attack |Metropolis Records, 2002|

Attak/Reload, Skurk, Dirty, Urban Monkey Warfare, Save Me, Yohoho, Super Hero, Sturm und Drang, Preach/Pervert, Risen, Sleep

KMFDM has its own long history and released lots of records. Their music is described as industrial rock and the band belongs to the pioneers of that genre. Everything looks perfect but... after listening such a weak record like Attack is, I got an impression KMFDM should start recording video games music, instead of torturing us with records, where they can't present anything new on. Worth o listening: Skurk (recalls some of Gravity Kills vibe), Preach / Pervert and Risen. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Don't Blow Your Top |Wax Trax!, 1988|

No Meat - No Man, Don't Blow Your Top, Killing, Disgust, Oh Look, King Kong Dub Rubber Mix, What A Race, No News, Tod Durch Bongo-Bongo, Killing (For Your Sampling Kit), Oh Shit

It's cruel they release such albums. Monotonus drums, some sampled dialogues, silly song titles... Nothing interesting to focus on... ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Juke-Joint Jezabel - G. Moroder Remixes |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1995|

Juke Joint Jezebel (Poly-Matrix), Juke Joint Jezebel (Original Single Edit), Juke Joint Jezebel (Metropolis), Juke Joint Jezebel (Paradox), Juke Joint Jezebel (Poly-Matrix X-Tended), Kraut

Juke-Joint Jezabel it's a song given to the soundtrack for 'Mortal Kombat' movie. There are 5 remixes of the song on this single and the best is Poly-Matrix X-Tended. There is also a new track called Kraut, which sounds pretty well. The single can be bought for the original Juke Joint Jezabel version and the Kraut as well. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Money |Wax Trax!, 1992|

Money, Vogue, Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away, Bargeld, Spiritual House, Sex On The Flag (Jezebeelzebuttfunkmix), I Will Pray, We Must Awaken, Under Satan (Dub), Vogue 2000, Money (Deutschmark-Mix)

Yet more cliché. It's incredible there are the bands who put their money to release such weak songs and on the other side of the business there are new and unknown bands with no money and a whole of ambitious music... with no support.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Nihil |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1995|

Ultra, Juke Joint Jezebel, Flesh, Beast, Terror, Search & Destroy, Disobedience, Revolution, Brute, Trust

At last! KMFDM entered some interesting music path and even the CD cover looks different. There is Juke Joint Jezabel, several sharpen guitar driven songs, no more boredom typical for the earlier releases. Maybe they realized we have 1995 and industrial rock goes by fast train taking more and more people into it... It's so nice to hear such songs like: Flesh, Beast, Terror and sorta weird Brute. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Retro |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1998|

Power, Juke-Joint Jezebel, Brute, A Drug Against War, Light, Money, Vogue, Godlike - Doglike, Virus - Pestilence, Liebeslied - Leibesleid, More & Faster, Rip The System!, What Do You Know, Deutschland?, Don't Blow You Top!

It's the collection of 14 tracks gathered from other KMFDM releases and some of the remixes as well. To sum up, it's better to spend money on Nihil or Xtort albums :>. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

(Symbols) |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1997|

Megalomaniac, Stray Bullet, Leid Und Elend, Mercy, Torture, Spit Sperm, Anarchy, Down And Out, Unfi, Waste

Seems like the previous album was too sharp for the KMFDM fans so the band got back to an older vibe and the CD cover design. Plus a bit advanced samples. The best songs: Megalomaniac, Mercy and Anarchy. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

UAIOE |Wax Trax!, 1989|

Murder, UAIOE, Loving Can Be An Art (Saturation Mix), More & Faster 243, Rip The System (Duck & Cover Mix), Thrash Up!, En Esch, Ganja Rock, Thumb Thumb

KMFDM music reminds me something grotesque. A collection of quotes, empty drum hits and a few samples to not to sound too raw. When I listen to the album the boredom makes me sleep again... Music could be compared to Skinny Puppy or Hilt but only as for the sampling and vocals although there is Lucia singing. Other than that KMFDM is much less psychotic than Skinny Puppy hopefully. None of the song is worth to mention. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Xtort |TVT/Wax Trax!, 1996|

Power, Apathy, Rules, Craze, Dogma, Inane, Blame, Son of a Gun, Ikons, Wrath

Yes, it's a good record. You can listen to sharp guitar riffs, angry vocals and feel some good vibrations with lots of dynamics. I'm knocked out by Rules and Inane but Wrath song is a rad stuff too. Ikons sounds interesting after listening the first half only. ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

WWIII |Sanctuary Records, 2003|

WWIII (World War III), From Here On Out, Blackball, Jihad, Last Things, Pity For The Pious, Stars And Stripes, Bullets, Bombs And Bigotry, Moron, Revenge, Intro

It's a taste of the punk revolution what is almost underlined by Lucia Cifarelli's voice in such songs like: WWIII, From Here On Out or in the song what doesn't need any comment - it's a top shit here - Last Things. The other songs it's a return to the sounds we accustomed to for 21 years of KMFDM music activity - a bit gloomy a bit freaky, a bit tempting, a bit grotesque.

In the subjective value the best is Blackball song. In the objective value Last Things, Stars and Stripe should become popular. To add it's a first album recorded for Sanctuary Records, the same where Ministry and Pitchshifter released their latests albums. Seems like that movement gave KMFDM music an additional power where the bass and guitar section were strengthened. However it's still that KMFDM you used to recognize from the previous releases. Just listen the Intro song which ironically... ends up the album ;)

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

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