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Duesseldorf, Germany (1980 – present)

Die Krupps is a band formed in Duesseldorf, Germany in 1980 by Juergen Engler and Ralf Dörper . Over the years they have produced -tinged industrial, old-school , and, most recently, /neue deutsche härte.

The band’s name comes from the Krupp dynasty - one of pre-war Germany´s main families. This name was apparently chosen for its industrial connotations, as the band is strongly anti-Nazi. In some interviews the band stated that Visconti´s movie “The Damned” - a depiction of the fictitious German industrial dynasty of the Essenbecks - was the main inspiration.

Die Krupps’s debut EP, 1981’s Stahlwerkssymphony, was in the vein of metal-on-metal industrial acts like Einstürzende Neubauten. Their following album, 1982’s Volle Kraft Voraus, combined the industrial sound of their debut with electronic rhythms similar to DAF.

In 1984, the group released their first English-language album, Entering the Arena, which combined grand, orchestral arrangements with their trademark metallic percussion and a more conventional synthpop sound.

Doerper left to join Propaganda, and Die Krupps went on hiatus for a few years. In 1989, they collaborated with Nitzer Ebb — a band their sound had clearly influenced — to remake Volle Kraft Voraus’s “Wahre Arbeit, Wahrer Lohn” as “The Machineries of Joy.” The single was a major club hit,and it resparked interest in the band, who followed in 1990 with the now-classic “Germaniac” single.


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  • pessimystica

    How on earth did I not get into this band earlier?!?!?! I just saw them live this weekend & they rock!!!! I'll definitely be listening to them more & catching up :)

    21 Sep 11:12pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    первый альбом - целая эпоха в музыке 80-х

    8 Aug 4:25am Reply
  • D1MA16

    классная группа, особенно новый альбом нравится и paradise now

    30 Jul 5:58pm Reply
  • gothic_hobbit

    The new album sounds fresh in a genre that's become increasingly stale.

    15 Jul 1:13pm Reply
  • VM93

    The Machinists of Joy is fucking great!!!!!!!!

    27 Jun 5:06pm Reply
  • FateGuy

    IIOEXABIIINN is right. When Engler sings "Rammt sie" he obviously reacts to people having a fixation of the so called Rammstein-Sound. So it's like "Oh that's what you want? Okay then, here, we have it. It's nothing new to us."

    14 Apr 5:56pm Reply
  • Anastaxia_Xylf

    Huch, soooo gut ^^

    27 Mar 9:14pm Reply
  • ardsurd

    Билеты есть, идём!!

    25 Feb 8:13am Reply

    Chuzhbogh "Nazis auf Speed from the new album reminds me of Rammstein". Die Krupps "Dawning of Doom" ==> Rammstein "Tier" - did you know? "Nazis auf Speed" is an answer.

    14 Jan 4:57pm Reply
  • Current87

    zawsze na propsie

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • I0000000000000I

    einfach genial

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hel1ch

    Черт возьми, подумать только! Недавно написал, что очень хочу увидеть камрада Энглера в России, как узнаю, что KultProdukt везет к нам немецких индустриальщиков! Вот это новость, ребята! АРГХ!

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Robo Sapien, Nazis auf Speed... SansFin

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cosimatropina

    The new album is insanely good! I'm so looking forward to the tour next year. :)

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FaultyClockwork

    New album is great! Probably my favorite Die Krupps album, actually. Some of their catchiest tunes since "Germaniac."

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nihil227

    The Machinists of Joy might be my favourite release of the year along with Skinny Puppy's Weapon. I especially like "Sans Fin", everything Geoffroy D touches turns into gold.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Magistus

    This new album is fantastic

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CommunionAD

    Die Krupps is featured on this week's Communion After Dark episode - This week Communion After Dark spins new music from Bruderschaft, VNV Nation, Mono Inc and more. We are a weekly podcast bringing you the newest Gothic/Industrial, EBM and Electro music from around the world.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mercyking

    Альбом ударный получился!!!:)

    13 Nov 2013 Reply

    Robo Sapien and Eiskalter Engel are so <3

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
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