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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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  • yarkypumypumy

    I kind of forgot how much I like poppy industrial metal.

    28 Jul 1:39pm Reply
  • Neurospider

    I hope they come up with something really special for their 20th album. They pretty much stamp their albums with the same elements for pretty much whole career. Would be good at least to have some CAREFULLY made album even if it takes few more years rather than just same things over and over again. I love all the stuff they do, but come on...

    22 Jul 1:37pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Salvation, carry me. Whoa, its a single now? Nice...

    21 Jul 2:30am Reply
  • ieatblackcats


    13 Jul 12:26am Reply
  • Ezkarpy

    KMFDM might not have that many strong albums but they had a pretty awesome streak from Angst to Symbols. Nihil is near flawless in my opinion.

    9 Jul 7:54pm Reply
  • ataraxi4

    I want to come back there but I'm fucking hanging out with KNMFMDM...I can't even fucking say it!

    8 Jul 2:19am Reply
  • MarkoB87


    3 Jul 6:01pm Reply
  • FoREVer7x

    Symbols (1997) is such a great album. Their new stuff I can't really get into, still a fan though.

    18 Jun 12:17pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    these guys gotta slow the fuck down with their output. i'm pretty sure they haven't gone a single year since 1985 without putting out an album, ep or single of some kind (including MDFMK). in the 90s they were great but constantly putting out stuff the way they do has clearly worn them down, their new albums sound so tired and uninspired. i think it's time for Sasha to just end KMFDM and work on something new, because OK-ZTEIN-OK was really good and that came out just a few years ago so clearly Sasha can still put good music together - just not with KMFDM.

    13 Jun 4:16am Reply
  • FoREVer7x

    Their 90's stuff was good. Especially Nihil album.

    10 Jun 4:43pm Reply
  • ataraxi4


    28 May 4:33am Reply
  • JellyPowered

    If someone missed it, KMFDM released a great 30th anniversary live concert video + interview documentary recently! You haven't seen videos this good quality from them before. Get it from and play it loud :)

    26 May 4:41pm Reply


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  • neutrinoid

    Well, I find those albums integrally great, so I guess it's a pretty subjective matter.

    17 May 8:55pm Reply
  • CodeDVA

    v this

    8 May 9:25am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    KMFDM are the type of band who have great songs, as opposed to albums.

    30 Apr 2:15pm Reply
  • neutrinoid

    Symbols, Adios and Nihil!

    27 Apr 7:18pm Reply
  • fisk0

    Symbols, Adios and Opium are my favorites by quite a wide margin. Most of their other stuff is both mediocre and same-y. The Ogre appearances on some their more recent albums have been pretty good though. Unlike seemingly the majority, I thought they were pretty uninteresting live, pretty much all the stuff I find interesting in their music got drowned out in the mix.

    24 Apr 7:51pm Reply
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  • deathstar461

    their time came and went.

    7 Apr 3:55pm Reply
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