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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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  • skinnydrifter

    Genau & Salvation, from the new record - suhweet!

    12 Jan 10:53pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    New KMFDM and New The Prodigy, yes!

    12 Jan 10:52pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    DAS IST GENAU

    5 Jan 5:45pm Reply
  • Kingsforlife

    I like them again, talented group

    4 Jan 6:10am Reply
  • GackTMN

    I'd love if they'd remix a couple of singles again this year like they did for Godlike and Light in 2010, like make a Glory 2015 and Vogue 2015.

    3 Jan 5:39am Reply
  • Cimersies

    BEAST

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CodeDVA

    The world rotates to the ultra heavy beat !

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • missmorbid

    Don't rate the new album at all unfortunately. Kunst was better, but Xtort, Nihil, Symbols and WTF were still the best for me. Hau Ruck and Ruck Zuck were good too.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MachineAnimal

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

    6 Nov 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • crazyfrogbg

    disgusting brostep influence but pretty solid, its aight

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • imlost13

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

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GackTMN

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

    27 Oct 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • android9791

    KMFDM: YOU'LL BUY IT

    22 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • imlost13

    Our Time Will Come > Kunst

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Winter-Wolf

    KMFDM is back for MOAR!!

    19 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
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