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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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  • 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
  • skinnydrifter

    Haha, there are few artist where all their songs are energetic, egdy and also catchy.

    7 Apr 10:30am Reply
  • ghostofravens

    Their genre fluidity wasn't what made them good. They're kind of like Wumpscut to me in a way, having a reasonable amount of good single songs, and an entire discography of mediocrity.

    7 Apr 7:45am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Drug Against War and Light are brilliant, they're from that sort of era too

    4 Apr 10:51pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    KMFDM 'used to be' a lot of things, industrial funk to industrial dance to industrial metal, and although I see it all as high quality, my favorite KMFDM style is Xtort - present, so much energy and aggression!

    4 Apr 10:46pm Reply
  • ghostofravens

    They used to be good, but not that good.

    28 Mar 4:33am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    check out Thug Baby by Rabbit Junk, modern industrial metal - you're welcome.

    25 Mar 8:32am Reply
  • Sergoy

    me I funk but I don't care

    20 Mar 9:22pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    I think Naive is their absolute best, it has something for both fans of the 80s more experimental KMFDM and something for fans of the rock sound that developed throughout the 90$s. Their best release in general though is the 1991 "Split" single.

    20 Mar 1:37pm Reply
  • LiamRandolph

    I love all their stuff, but their 80s stuff will always be the best in my opinion. It's almost perfect.

    15 Mar 8:16pm Reply
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    13 Mar 3:42am Reply
  • ScepSpec

    anyone else think that nihil is their best?

    1 Mar 10:22am Reply
  • 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
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