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Hamburg, Germany (1984 – present)

KMFDM is an band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. It was founded in Hamburg, Germany on February 29, 1984 as a joint effort between Konietzko and German painter/multi-media performer Udo Sturm to perform for the opening of an exhibition of young European artists at the Grand Palais. Typically featuring a revolving lineup, Konietzko is the only member to be on every album. However, the current lineup has been stable for the four most recent albums.

Notable contributors include Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy, Bill Rieflin of Ministry and R.E.M. (among others), Raymond Watts, Nina Hagen, Abby Travis, Chris Connelly, FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten and Tim Skold of Shotgun Messiah, Skold and Marilyn Manson. Former members En Esch and Günter Schulz are now the duo Slick Idiot.

KMFDM’s first two proper albums (which were preceded by a cassette-only release, Opium 1984) What Do You Know, Deutschland? and Don’t Blow Your Top, were dominated by samples and abrasive . Both are influenced by Frank Zappa and On-U-Sound; particularly the latter album, which was mixed by Adrian Sherwood. Wax Trax! licenced Don’t Blow Your Top for America, making it their first US release.

Raymond Watts left to form Pig. The remaining members added Rudolph Naomi and Morgan Adjei to record UAIOE, which significantly expanded their sonic palate: the album experiments with (Loving Can Be An Art), metal (En Esch), and industrial funk (More and Faster, released as a single).

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  • MachineAnimal

    New album's pretty good. Not as good as Kunst but I prefer it over WTF and Blitz.

    6 Nov 2:56pm Reply
  • sanicdaheghod

    @crazyfrogbg I agree, Our Time Will Come was a very good listen for the first time, and it will only grow on me from here on out. However, there's a lot of that "wub wub" sound and I feel like that ruined the album a little bit. The space guitar solo at the end of Salvation made up for it for me though, so not all was lost.

    31 Oct 6:24pm Reply
  • crazyfrogbg

    disgusting brostep influence but pretty solid, its aight

    29 Oct 2:00am Reply
  • imlost13

    kmfdm and skold should work together for another album. great team.

    28 Oct 10:16pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    Huh, I have always preferred WTF out of the rest of their 21st century material.

    27 Oct 4:10pm Reply
  • Xenagos

    Really loved the new album. While it was somewhat underwhelming by KMFDM's standards, they still make a strong return and kick more ass than before. OTWC is probably their best album post-reform, next to Hau Ruck and WWIII.

    25 Oct 8:58pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    Kunst has more staying power to me than OTWC; the poppy direction is what made the band go off-track in the 2000's

    24 Oct 2:47am Reply
  • android9791

    KMFDM: YOU'LL BUY IT

    22 Oct 12:31am Reply
  • Akatian

    I see it like this; '84-'00: Total awesomeness. '02-'07: What the hell happened? '09-present: Brilliant return to form.

    20 Oct 6:16pm Reply
  • imlost13

    Our Time Will Come > Kunst

    20 Oct 12:19am Reply
  • Winter-Wolf

    KMFDM is back for MOAR!!

    19 Oct 10:54pm Reply
  • Rasvakeitin

    Oh, gee. I don't know. The 90's albums were really repetitive, the only albums that really stood out were XTORT and Symbols. Our Time Will come is alright, better than the last few anyway, even if it's not very unique either. I still prefer the 80's stuff.

    18 Oct 4:48pm Reply
  • sanicdaheghod

    Salvation is such a kickass track

    16 Oct 5:46am Reply
  • prettybarf

    "Their recent industrial metal songs are the best, MUCH better than their 90s stuff. Period." This is what Ebola in opinion form looks like

    15 Oct 2:42am Reply
  • GackTMN

    The new album reminds me of their old stuff, like Money or Naive; I wouldn't call it horrible, but the only track that stood out for me on first listen was Salvation

    15 Oct 1:11am Reply
  • Jongusmoe

    Yeah this album is horrible.

    14 Oct 6:29pm Reply
  • prsoje

    I concur

    14 Oct 10:02am Reply
  • Kingsforlife

    The latest album is their worst work

    14 Oct 7:51am Reply
  • GackTMN

    We are KMFDM is a damn good live album; Sascha's voice isn't as powerful live, but the tone's bretty gud

    5 Oct 9:09pm Reply
  • HUnewm

    Come on new single when

    27 Sep 12:04pm Reply
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