German band KMFDM are pioneers of industrial music and have influenced bands such as Rammstein. Founded as a performance art project by multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko in 1984, they’ve gone on to release a string of albums (around 20) and are known for their live shows. Later this month they release their new live album, Live in the USSA.
The songs include some from their latest studio album as well as classic songs from their long career.
If you’ve never heard KMFDM before, it’s a wild mix of electronic beats, heavy guitar riffs, and male and female vocals, and it really needs to be listened to at ear-splitting volumes. It’s like someone had a rave next door to a metal gig and someone recorded the somewhat chaotic result. It’s chaotic but fantastic at the same time. While there are a few bands around that mix guitars and electronic beats, it’s KMFDM that are the pioneers of the sound and while they’re not quite as popular as they used to be they’re still around and making damn good music.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to like dance music or electronica to enjoy KMFDM – you can be a die-hard metalhead and still enjoy this album, particularly if you’re a fan of bands like Rammstein or Combichrist as once you listen to KMFDM it’s easy to hear their influence in the music of Combichrist in particular but also Rammstein.
This is a fantastic live album and for anyone who isnt already a KMFDM fan it’s a great introduction to the band – just remember to play it loud for the full effect.
“Live in the USSA” will be released on 26th October 2018
1. Freak flag
2. Hell yeah
3. Rebels in kontrol
4. Total state machine
5. Burning brain
7. Glam glitz guts & gore
10. Murder my heart