From the Vault...



© Wax Trax Records

Year of Release: 1999

track listing
  • Adios
  • Sycophant
  • D.I.Y
  • Today
  • Witness
  • R.U.OK?
  • That's All
  • Full Worm Garden
  • Rubicon
  • Bereit

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    KMFDM returns this week, with their album Adios, released in 1999. It's title was based on not only departing from their record company Wax Trax, but it was (supposedly) marking the end of the band, as they were planning on breaking up. They reformed in 2002, and released more albums -- 9 more studio albums since then, their latest in 2017. The band's music is industrial, very energetic, trance-like, techno. What attracted attention to them, were their album covers. The artwork is created by commercial artist Adian "Brute" Hughes. His work has been called "one of rock music's most memorable cover art collections." And again, the letters KFMDM is Kein Mehrheit Fr Die Mitleid (translated as "no pity for the majority), and not what some thought of it as Kill Mother F***ing Depeche Mode. (Note: Depeche Mode has yet to appear for reviews here on WSVNRadio; hopefully that will change soon.) The whole Depeche Mode reference was from one of their songs -- "Sucks" (from their 1993 album Angst). The song's lyrics contained: "We don't like Michael Jackson, we hate Depeche Mode, we don't care for Madonna or Kylie Minogue." And other KMFDM references from this song were "Kill Madonna For Drug Money" and "Kylie Minogue Fans Don't Masturbate." KMFDM is from Germany, home for two other techo bands, Kraftwerk, and Laibach. (Laibach has been reviewed here, but like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk has yet to be reviewed. Again, let;s hope that changes also.)

    Adios has some very impressive tunes. On the techno side, their are these songs: "Today" and "Witness." And speaking of techno, another techno band is Kraftwerk, as they get the comparison on another impressive track, "R.U.OK?" More upbeat techno rock continues with "That's All," and with its vocals, another comparison to Laibach. "D.I.Y" also compares to Laibach, and another comparison would be to that of Nine Inch Nails.

    Full-energy tecno keeps flowing, with "Full Worm Garden." "Rubicon" has a more Alternative Rock approach. The album's closing song is also techno (Laibach) and Alternative, "Bereit."

    The title track is also high-energy, and another impressive tune is the very cool, clublike dance track, "Sycophant." That song, and "Rubicon" gets the most impressive tunes, in my opinion.

    KMFDM's music may not be for everyone. Yet -- their music is high-energy techno music. Adios surely sounds like their was really no end in sight, as they were departing as a band. (Interestingly enough, two bandmemebers would form the band MDFMK (KMFDM spelled backwards) after Adios was released. Adios could serve as soundtrack music. Germany has given us some very impressive bands, Kraftwerk, Laibach, and KMFDM. If you like this kind of music, KFMDM is different and unique, making this band quite interesting to listen to, with open ears.

    Give KMFDM a try -- if you like techno music, their high-energy drive will keep you on your toes. KFMDM doesn't bore you, this is for sure. Adios was not a "goodbye forever breakup" for the band, they would return four years later, with more incredible studio albums. They also released live albums, released in 2003 and beyond. Collaborations, compilations, rarities and remix albums were also released. So there's plenty of KMFDM music out there to enjoy. And more KMFDM albums to review here, on Likewise, (more of) Laibach, and soon, both Kraftwerk (and Depeche Mode LOL).

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