KMFDM
Krieg


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
April 24th, 2010 | 30 replies | 9,193 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: KMFDM throw a bit of a curveball with their latest remix album.

It’s no secret that most remix albums suck, but bands continue to release them anyway. The problem is that too many things can go wrong, and they usually do. The most common issue is that of the lazy remixer – the asshole that slaps a new beat onto the original song and then spends two additional minutes in Garage Band before calling it a day. On the flipside you have the overzealous remixer – the guy that changes the song so much that you’re lucky if there’s a single sound that you recognize from the original track (pretty much anything ever remixed by The Orb). Of course, there’s also the fact that most remix albums lack any real flow due to the various guest artists and that the ‘hits’ end up on the album multiple times. Obviously, there are plenty more examples of remix albums gone wrong, but the main point should be that KMFDM have avoided most of them with Krieg.

In case it isn’t obvious from the title, Krieg is basically the companion release to their last studio album, Blitz, which means that all of the tracks are taken from it. That alone has lead to an album that is more cohesive than your average collection of remixes, but there’s more to it than that. It seems that the guest remixers might have been given a bit of a direction to follow because almost all of the songs were altered in basically the same way. They all seem to have most of their industrial elements removed in favor of smooth synth and groovy beats that are dominated by female vocals. This alteration has actually made most of the songs better than the originals. Even the songs that deviate from that formula still end up being better than their original counterparts. A notable example would be the remix of “Bait & Switch” by Prong. Their organic approach to the song gives it a rough post punk feel that is actually very reminiscent of 16Volt.

It’s not very often that a remix album is better than the original, but this is one of those times. The tracks have all been altered in a way that removes them from KMFDM’s typical sound, but they also include enough of the original to still make them recognizable. It’s debatable whether or not fans of the band’s harder sound will take to this or not, but it can’t be said that this album is simply a weak stopgap release. The only issue that Krieg really suffers from is that there are a few songs that are remixed more than once, but the attention paid to each remix is enough to turn that fact into a minor annoyance.



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Willie
Moderator
April 24th 2010


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just a quick write-up for a surprisingly decent remix album.

Digging: Necropoli - I

bloc
April 24th 2010


34847 Comments


Never liked older KMFDM material. Not a big fan of the whole rhythmic noise scene.

But I just listened to a preview of this, and it sounds kinda nice.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

IRAI
April 24th 2010


1567 Comments


KMFDM sucks.

will get this eventually.
Blitz was pretty underrated.

Willie
Moderator
April 24th 2010


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't know if it was underrated, but it wasn't bad. If you check it out, bloc, let me know what you thought. I was surprised by the direction they took most of the songs.

Meatplow
April 24th 2010


5524 Comments


I really can't be bothered with anything this group released after XTORT, let alone a remix album.

Not a big fan of the whole rhythmic noise scene.


how on earth was KMFDM ever rhythmic noise?

bloc
April 24th 2010


34847 Comments


You don't think their older stuff was noisy? I always got that feeling from them.

Willie
Moderator
April 24th 2010


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not at all. Their old stuff is about the same as their new stuff. They don't really use noise in their songs.

Meatplow
April 24th 2010


5524 Comments


more EBM and new wave influenced, maybe

compared to say Genocide Organ or Mz.412 idk how you could ever say KMFDM was noise, let alone rhythmic noise which is much more specific and anal ;] Perhaps an offshoot.

Willie
Moderator
April 24th 2010


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Come on, Meatplow. You have to have some obscure genre to put them in.

Meatplow
April 24th 2010


5524 Comments


Electronic Body Armour Music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_vxIoAu4Y

bloc
April 24th 2010


34847 Comments


EBAM?

Slipping Away
April 24th 2010


1261 Comments


KMFDM tends to get on my nerves after a while, I'll enjoy their songs for a little bit but eventually they get kind of annoying, thats not to say they're a bad band, just not my type of thing.

Blindsided
April 25th 2010


1871 Comments


Probably won't check this out but good review Willie.
I need to get some more of their older albums.
Seems like the industrial of 2010 is shaping up pretty well so far.

Meatplow
April 25th 2010


5524 Comments


I need some good 2010 recs if anybody has them, i'm mostly coming across unimaginative EBM.

Laskfar Vortok's Multiplephemerautism is probably the most interesting find i've come across recently, furious breakcore mixed with noise.

Blindsided
April 25th 2010


1871 Comments


Well I know bloc has a decent list going. Suicide Commando was fantastic, Mind In A Box, Hicotan, Rickets (nu metal kinda), Across the Rubicon.

bloc
April 25th 2010


34847 Comments


Is there really a new Hioctan? Shit, I better look into that.

SteelErectedb4you8er
April 26th 2010


2616 Comments


I personally love Nihil and Angst. I haven't really checked out too many of their remix albums. Pig is also good too!

Meatplow
April 26th 2010


5524 Comments


yeah enjoying Pig a great deal recently, The Swining is great

SteelErectedb4you8er
April 26th 2010


2616 Comments


I loved Wrecked alot, that is the only one I own. Besides Sensation, I don't think I have heard too much else. I went through a short phase of industrial several years ago. I might have to go through and listen to these again.

Willie
Moderator
April 26th 2010


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There's only a few essential KMFDM albums, IMO. My personal favorite is Angst but a lot of people would point you towards Nihil as well.



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