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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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  • 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.

    15 minutes ago 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
  • skinnydrifter

    Their recent industrial metal songs are the best, MUCH better than their 90s stuff. Period.

    25 Sep 12:17am Reply
  • Xenagos

    "Their work post-mid 90's is pretty self-repetitive and boring, but the earlier albums are really unique." I agree for the most part, but Kunst was unlike anything they had brought out before. Quite an interesting listen. Hopefully OTWC will bring the same feeling.

    16 Sep 12:08am Reply
  • Human56

    10 tracks New Release Released: 14 October 2014 is this from the future?

    4 Sep 10:54am Reply
  • tribeonlinefr

    CD-Review: KMFDM - We Are (Live 30th Anniversary) - http://www.tribe-online.de/music/musik-reviews/kmfdm-we-are-live-30th-anniversary/

    26 Aug 8:28am Reply
  • Rasvakeitin

    "All of their album are the same, even the covers ar the same!! 18 albums of nothing really interesting..." Their work post-mid 90's is pretty self-repetitive and boring, but the earlier albums are really unique.

    22 Aug 4:14pm Reply
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