KMFDM
Angst


1.5
very poor

Review

by Merkaba33 USER (14 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2009 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More annoying than entertaining.

Industrial music is an interesting genre. There seems to be two sub-genres within industrial. Both styles almost always use digital sounds for all their music. However one style seems to place more emphasis on the electronic sounds as the other focuses on metal-guitars and fast paced riffs. For example compare the song “Testure” by Skinny Puppy against the song “Jesus Built my Hotrod” by Ministry and you will find two completely different sounds. Anyways, I bring this up because although I enjoy both styles, I have always preferred more emphasis on the digital/synth aspect. K.M.F.D.M uses a healthy dose of both styles in a way similar to Trent Reznor's debut album. I decided to check out one of K.M.F.D.M’s more respected albums, “Angst”. All I can say is I’m pretty disappointed.

I have always hated when artists mention themselves in their lyrics. It’s the cardinal sin of lyric writing if you ask me. K.M.F.D.M. feels it necessary to let everyone know who they are in half their songs. In the first song the chorus opens with the line “K.M.F.D.M. doin’ it again” They use their name as this catalyst for exploiting propaganda about different issues. It gets annoying though. The lyrics on “Suck” are absolutely terrible. “Our music is sampled, totally fake. It's done by machines 'cause they don't make mistakes.” I really hope that’s not the only reason they sample. That’s not even the worst line of the song.

Stylistically there seems to be little direction. The music flows ok until we reach the fourth track, “Lust” About thirty seconds an 80’s videogame like melody enters and feels totally out of place. “No Peace” uses cheesy keyboards that bring the song down. It sounds like a poor man's "Pretty Hate Machine". The other main problem is these back up singers that are used. They have to come in and ruin everything. The song “Move on” starts with a laid back guitar riff and a good groove. Then with a minute and half left in the song these female soul singers come in and start singing “Does it really matter what you believe? Does it really matter if you belong?” The intrusion is completely unneeded. They’re used in quite a few songs unfortunately.

Not all is terrible. The song “A Hole in the Wall” has a pretty catchy beat that uses Pantera-esque guitar riffs. And even though I snubbed the lyrics quite a bit, there are some cool concepts behind some of the songs. “A Drug Against war” has some interesting anti-American themes.

Overall I just find the album irritating. Ultimately bad lyrics and unnecessary backup singers are the reason behind this. It has all the bad aspects of early nineties music. I don’t see why this album has garnered so much praise from other sources. One critic said this was the album where the group’s sound finally came together. If that’s the case I wouldn’t want to hear their prior work. Pass on this album and instead either check out some of Ministry’s late eighties work or "Pretty Hate Machine" by Nine Inch Nails.



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Willie
Moderator
January 23rd 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I was happy to see a review of my favorite KMFDM album up on the site and then I noticed the score. I pos'd anyway because the question is "Was the review Well Written" and it is.

K.M.F.D.M is more in the vein of Ministry
KMFDM is hardly in the vein of Ministry. Yes, this particular album has some guitars on a majority of the songs and "A Drug Against War" is definitely metal, but overall this band leans more towards the electronic side of things.
K.M.F.D.M. feels it necessary to let everyone know who they are in half their songs.
The lyrics are just light-hearted and smartass in nature to break the edge of their more politically-oriented songs. Them referring to themselves is just one of the ways they do that... especially on "Sucks" which is just a piss-take on themselves and the whole genre of music. It's a joke.
The other main problem is these back up singers that are used.
The soulful female backing vocals are a great contrast to the throaty delivery of the main vocalist, and the one part that you mention on "Move On" is what is generally considered the section that pushes that song to a new level.
This is the album where their sound came together. If you're looking for something similar to this, but that lacks the things that bugged you about this album then go download Front Line Assembly's "Millennium" album.

Merkaba33
January 23rd 2009


702 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

KMFDM is hardly in the vein of Ministry. Yes, this particular album has some guitars on a majority of the songs and "A Drug Against War" is definitely metal, but overall this band leans more towards the electronic side of things.

Your right. I'm going to change that.
The lyrics are just light-hearted and smartass in nature to break the edge of their more politically-oriented songs. Them referring to themselves is just one of the ways they do that... especially on "Sucks" which is just a piss-take on themselves and the whole genre of music. It's a joke.

I understand that they're not taking themselves seriously but I just think it's not very fun to listen to.
The soulful female backing vocals are a great contrast to the throaty delivery of the main vocalist, and the one part that you mention on "Move On" is what is generally considered the section that pushes that song to a new level.

I felt it just pushed the song into a much lower level
This is the album where their sound came together. If you're looking for something similar to this, but that lacks the things that bugged you about this album then go download Front Line Assembly's "Millennium" album.

Yeah I have one of FLA's albums and really liked it. Their early stuff is high on my list.
I knew you had this rated high so I knew you would be coming after me lol. It just isn't my style I guess.This Message Edited On 01.23.09

Epilogue
January 23rd 2009


1591 Comments


this doesnt have Megalomaniac on it.
wont be getting it then

Willie
Moderator
January 23rd 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I have one of FLA's albums and really liked it. Their early stuff is high on my list.
I knew you had this rated high so I knew you would be coming after me lol. It just isn't my style I guess.
That's cool that you're into FLA, but if there are two must-have albums from them they are "Tactical Neural Implant" which is pure electro and "Millennium" which is industrial metal.
Ha ha, I wasn't "coming after you". I didn't try to dispute your opinion at all. I just tried to correct a few errors and possibly display a few other aspects in a different context ;)

Meatplow
January 24th 2009


5524 Comments


The opening paragraph seems ignorant towards industrial music a little, it is far more diverse then it would have you believe. I suggest you check out Foetus.

I disagree intensely with this review as well written as it is, although Angst is increasingly one of my least favourite releases from the band. KMFDM come from a background in Electronic Body Music, personally the major shift between me liking this album and hating it at first was looking at it as being more dance music orientated rather then hankering purely towards the influences of 70's/80's industrial and heavy metal groups which resulted in the brand of "industrial metal" Ministry and Nine Inch Nails popularised in the early 90's etc.

The self referencing in their lyrics just comes off as their own unique sense of humour, these kind of cues to me have the group coming off like party music with a nihilist streak. The cheesiness of female backup singers and the like seems intentional, and whilst I could see how some could find some of these arrangements annoying I totally dig it. My favourite song here is probably Move On but they have all grown on me.

[quote=Epilogue]this doesnt have Megalomaniac on it.

wont be getting it then[/quote]

That song is awesome but everything from Naive (1990) to Symbols (1997) is essential industrial metal IMO. After that they get patchy, Nihil is probably their finest hour but Money is my favourite KMFDM release.This Message Edited On 01.23.09This Message Edited On 01.23.09

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2009


16089 Comments


I've gotta say, I hate KMFDM more than most bands.

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


Good review Merkaba. Glad you're still around to review some more obscure stuff.

About these guys, from what I've heard, including Nihil, I find them to be quite catchy. I think I may delve more into their older stuff.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Willie
Moderator
January 24th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Despite his review, I'd say that this is the album to start with.

withintention
January 24th 2009


297 Comments


I remember them back in middle school, my friend was obsessed.

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


Despite his review, I'd say that this is the album to start with.


Your rec's are always sincere Willie!

Meatplow
January 24th 2009


5524 Comments


This was my first KMFDM album, fond memories :')

I think Willies right. After getting used to this I went to Money, then chronologically through all their stuff. It seemed a good progression, if I discovered Angst later on I have an idea I probably wouldn't have given it as much of a chance to develop as it has.

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


I remember a while back Meatplow, you called me out on my lack of knowledge on this genre of music hahahaha. Damn, I want to high five you for that.

Meatplow
January 24th 2009


5524 Comments


Aye. A lost memory, however

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


It was when I first joined here back in 05-06 and I remember thinking Ministry was one of the best HAHAHAHA.

Willie
Moderator
January 24th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember a while back Meatplow, you called me out on my lack of knowledge on this genre of music hahahaha.
At least you're trying though!

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


I think if you try to 'like' a certain type of music, you just end up hating it even more. I think 'embrace' would be a better choice of words hahaha.

Too Dark Park still kicks my ass, even after 50+spins.

Willie
Moderator
January 24th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, I meant that you're trying to enhance your knowledge of the genre.
"Too Dark Park" will always be a kicker of asses no matter how many times you listen to it.

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


Ohhhhhh hahaha. 'Enhance' was the word you were looking for ;).



Meatplow
January 24th 2009


5524 Comments


Yeah, strange. In any case The Land of Rape and Honey and The Mind is A Terrible Thing to taste are two of the best industrial-metal albums i've ever heard, Psalm 69 and Filth Pig are worth their salt as well it wouldn't have been because they aren't up there.

Wizard
January 24th 2009


19524 Comments


I will always heart Broken by NIN as one of the most fist pumping industrial metal albums I've ever heard. Hearing half that E.P. live made me feel so powerful hahaha.This Message Edited On 01.24.09



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