Spawned in Germany during 1984, KMFDM (Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, loosely translated as “no pity for the majority”) pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound. Moving to Chicago in the mid-80’s KMFDM was the pride of WaxTrax! Records during the label’s peak. They relocated to Hamburg, Germany in October 2007.
Led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, KMFDM has released seventeen studio albums and two dozen singles, with sales of more than two million records worldwide. The current line up incorporates: Sascha Konietzko – vocals, guitar, bass, programming, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion; Lucia Cifarelli – vocals, keyboards; Jules Hodgson – guitar, bass, keyboards; Andy Selway – drums and Steve White – guitar. But we must mention a few former key members such as Tim Skold, Raymond Watts, En Esch, Günter Schulz and Mark Durante.
The forthcoming eighteenth studio album entitled “Kunst” it’s due for release on February 26, 2013 on Metropolis Records.
With the same type of techno fueled, pounding, EDM flavoured industrial rock, “Kunst” it’s another genuine KMFDM release.
My personal favorites are the dark “I <3 Not", the upper-beat and riff oriented "Quake", the addictive "Next Big Thing", the pounding "Pussy Riot", the danceable/hypnotic "Ave Maria" and the powerful "Animal Out".
01 – Kunst
02 – Ave Maria
03 – Quake
04 – Hello
05 – Next Big Thing
06 – Pussy Riot
07 – Pseudocide
08 – Animal Out
09 – The Mess You Made
10 – I 3 Not
The title track, “Kunst”, is the German word for “art”.
The album cover was designed by longtime KMFDM cover artist Aidan “Brute!” Hughes, featuring a “chainsaw-wielding amazon”, which Facebook removed from KMFDM’s page, was created to support Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot and Ukrainian protest group FEMEN. The song “Pussy Riot” was also written in support of the imprisoned Russian female group.
Kunst features contributions from guest musician William Wilson and Swedish band Morlocks.
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