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KMFDM

Such industrial alt-metal outfits as Nine Inch Nails andMinistry received the lion's share of press andcommercial success during the '90s, butthere were ahandful of other bands that were slugging it out for justas long (if not longer), including KMFDM. The band'sname has been thesubject of countless debates amongfans over the years as to what it stands for (their recordcompany even went as far as holding a contestin 1994for fans to submit possible meanings, resulting in morethan a thousand entries), but the confirmed meaning is"Kein Mitleid Für DieMehrheit" which, when translatedinto ...read more

Such industrial alt-metal outfits as Nine Inch Nails andMinistry received the lion's share of press andcommercial success during the '90s, butthere were ahandful of other bands that were slugging it out for justas long (if not longer), including KMFDM. The band'sname has been thesubject of countless debates amongfans over the years as to what it stands for (their recordcompany even went as far as holding a contestin 1994for fans to submit possible meanings, resulting in morethan a thousand entries), but the confirmed meaning is"Kein Mitleid Für DieMehrheit" which, when translatedinto English, means "No Pity for the Majority." TheGerman band has included countless members overtheyears, but through it all, their leader has remainedSascha Konietzko, whose multiple roles have includedthat of songwriter, producer, mixer,programmer, sampler,vocalist, percussionist, bassist, and electronic gadgeteer.Originally formed in Paris, France, KMFDM were foundedbyKonietzko and German painter/multimedia performerUdo Sturm. The duo made their in-concert debut onFebruary 29, 1984, when theyperformed at an openingfor an exhibition of European artists at the Grand Palaisin Paris (with the show consisting of Sturm playingasynthesizer that would play feedback, and Konietzkoplaying a five-string bass). The same year, KMFDMissued their debut release, Opium,but Sturm exited thegroup shortly thereafter (around the same time,Konietzko was joined by drummer En Esch, who wouldremain with thegroup from that point forward). WithSturm out of the picture, Konietzko and Esch put KMFDMon hold at first and joined up with New YorkindustrialistPeter Missing to form the outfit Missing Foundations.But before the new outfit could issue any recordings,both Konietzko andEsch had dropped out and returnedback to KMFDM (Missing Foundations would carry onwith replacement members and go on to issuealbums ontheir own from the late '80s through the early '90s). KMFDM's sophomore effort, What Do You KnowDeutschland?, came in 1986 and was the group's first ofmany for Chicago's famed industriallabel Wax Trax! Butinstead of if being an album of all new tracks, it wascomprised of selections spanning from 1983 through1986 (in fact,several were from prior to Esch's joining).Around this time, KMFDM struck up a relationship withartist Aidan Hughes (aka Brute!), who wouldsteadilysupply cover artwork for the group the images wouldbecome synonymous with KMFDM's hard-hitting music.Konietzko and companypushed forward with suchfurther '80s releases as 1988's Don't Blow Your Top and1989's UAIOE, during which KMFDM found themselvesinthe middle of an underground industrial movement (itdidn't hurt matters that Wax Trax! quickly became one ofthe leading industrial labelsin the world, as they were thehome to such other similarly styled acts as Ministry,Revco, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, etc.). But KMFDM had yet to tour America by 1989 (havingheavily toured Europe with the likes of EinstrüzendeNeubauten, the Young Gods, andBorghesia, amongothers), something they sought to correct when theywere offered a slot opening a U.S. tour for labelmatesMinistry, whoat the time were readying their classic TheMind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste release. With the tourlined up for a summer launch, it waspushed back severaltimes (due to Ministry leader Al Jourgensen falling ill)and the tour finally got underway in December 1989. Thetoursuccessfully established KMFDM as a band to watchin the industrial underground, as they returned back toEurope after the tour's completionto work on their fifthfull-length release overall, 1990's Naïve. Realizing thatindustrial's future lay in the U.S., Konietzko relocatedKMFDM'shome base from Hamburg to Chicago during1991. The same year, KMFDM's side project ExcessiveForce was formed, issuing a debutrelease, Conquer YourWorld, in 1992, the same year that KMFDM issued a newrelease as well, Money. But just as it appeared as though KMFDM were about tobreak through to a wider audience, Wax Trax! suddenlyfound itself on hard times,resulting in the label beingbought out by TVT Records. What followed for KMFDMwere some of its best-known and strongest releases:1993'sAngst (which earned the group their first realexposure on MTV via the video clip for the track "DrugAgainst War"), 1995's Nihil, and 1996'sXTORT. During thesame time, Excessive Force issued a second release,1994's Gentle Death, while Konietzko relocated oncemore, this timeto Seattle. Further releases followed inthe late '90s (1997's Symbols, 1998's Agogo, and 1999'sAdios), before KMFDM disbanded on January22, 1999.In the wake of the group's split, Konietzko assembled anew outfit, MDFMK (yep, KMFDM spelled backward) andissued a lone self-titled release in 2000 before KMFDMreunited in 2002 for an all-new album, Attak, and the livealbum Sturm & Drang Tour 2002. 2003 sawthe release ofWWIII followed by WWIII Live 2003 a year later. Releasedon KMFDM Records, 2005's Hau Ruck was classicKMFDM with itsaggressive industrial power. The RuckZuck EP followed in 2006 with the full-lengthTohuvabohu landing in 2007. Remix albumBrimboriumand rarities collection Extra, Vol. 1 were bothreleased in 2008. Blitz followed in 2009, with thegreatest-hits compilation Würst arriving a yearlater. Newmaterial arrived in 2011 with the loud and heavy WTF?!In addition to leading KMFDM, Konietzko has alsoworked with other artistseither playing, producing, orremixing tracks/albums by Die Krupps, Front 242,kidneythieves, M People, Peter Murphy, Pig, Schwein,SisterMachine Gun, and Swamp Terrorists, amongothers. « hide

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LPs
Hell Yeah
2017

3.2
15 Votes
Our Time Will Come
2014

2.8
39 Votes
Kunst
02/26/2013

3.2
61 Votes
WTF?!
2011

3.6
80 Votes
Blitz
2009

3.2
81 Votes
Tohuvabohu
2007

3.2
78 Votes
Hau Ruck
2005

3.6
95 Votes
WWIII
2003

3.2
97 Votes
Attak
2002

3.2
89 Votes
Adios
1999

3.2
84 Votes
Symbols
1997

3.7
132 Votes
XTORT
1996

3.8
117 Votes
Nihil
1995

4
211 Votes
Angst
1993

3.8
172 Votes
Money
1992

3.3
76 Votes
Naïve
1990

3.7
101 Votes
UAIOE
1989

3
60 Votes
Don't Blow Your Top
1988

2.8
56 Votes
What Do You Know, Deutschland?
1986

2.9
70 Votes
Opium
1984

2.9
41 Votes
EPs
Yeah!
2017

3
4 Votes
Salvation
2015

2.8
4 Votes
Amnesia
05/22/2012

2.8
7 Votes
Krank
2011

3.2
3 Votes
Krieg
2010

3
10 Votes
Day of light
2010

3.3
4 Votes
Brimborium
2008

3.4
3 Votes
Ruck Zuck
2006

2.8
7 Votes
Boots
2002

2.9
4 Votes
MDFMK
1998

3
1 Votes
Rules
1996

3.6
4 Votes
Trust
1995

3.8
2 Votes
Brute
1995

3.3
4 Votes
Juke Joint Jezebel
1995

3.6
5 Votes
Light
1994

4
4 Votes
Glory
1994

3.5
2 Votes
Sin Sex & Salvation
1994

4.1
7 Votes
A Drug Against War
1993

3
2 Votes
Vogue
1992

4.1
5 Votes
Sucks
1992

3
4 Votes
Money (EP)
1992

4
1 Votes
Split
1991

3.3
5 Votes
Godlike
1990

4.4
8 Votes
Virus
1989

3.7
6 Votes
Don't Blow Your Top (EP)
1988

3.3
3 Votes
More'n'faster
1988

3.5
3 Votes
Live Albums
Live in the USSA
2018

3.5
1 Votes
We Are KMFDM
2014

3.3
2 Votes
20th Anniversary World Tour 2004 [DVD]
2005

2.5
1 Votes
WWIII Live 2003
2004

2.5
3 Votes
Strum & Drang Tour 2002
2003

3
4 Votes
Compilations
Rocks
2016

1.2
3 Votes
Greatest Shit
2010

4.1
8 Votes
Wurst
2010

4.5
2 Votes
Extra Vol.3
2008

3.7
7 Votes
Extra Vol.2
2008

3.7
7 Votes
Extra Vol.1
2008

3.6
7 Votes
84-86
2004

3.3
3 Votes
Agogo
1998

2.8
7 Votes
Retro
1996

3.7
16 Votes

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