KMFDM
Our Time Will Come


3.0
good

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
October 14th, 2014 | 39 replies


Release Date: 10/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whose patience do they even test anymore?

Breaking the two-year cycle to celebrate the 30th anniversary, KMFDM bring us a brand new collection of songs meant to serve as a testament to their legacy and why not, a gateway to their discography. The band succeeds more or less, mainly because they haven't changed at all ever since they decided to include the distorted guitars on a regular basis on Angst, all the way back in 1993. Starting then, we have received a couple of classic records and subsequently, loads of hits and misses. When you use the same sonic formula, you do not only become very predictable, but also depend solely on the hooks you come up within the respective production year. This is why from 2001 (the year they ended the hiatus and existence as MDFMK), have surfaced some better albums (like WTF!", Hau Ruck or Blitz - yes, I really dig it, no matter what others say about it) and subpar/boring ones (see last year's Kunst, WWIII or Tohuvabohu - which have some cool tunes, yet failed overall). What matters most at this point is that you either continue to listen to what these guys deliver and wait for the occasional reward or give up and stick with the 90s material.

One might think expectations should be higher this time only because Our Time Will Come is supposed to be a cornerstone in the discography. However, it ends up a rushed effort simply because it was finished earlier for this anniversary. Needless to say, you get the same political manifestos (which, thankfully, are updated every year, Kapt'n K and crew being very aware of the issues that haunt the world today) and that eternal self celebration laid over the guitar-pumped beats. The opener, 'Genau' is the same song as 'Krank' or 'Kunst', a militant anthem that will most likely heathen the audience during the upcoming tour. Sometimes you have to wonder if the band is just messing around with their fans or mocking haters by coming up with the same recycled stuff. Either way, it doesn't help the listener. Luckily, as we move forward, there are some interesting moments, mainly on the industrial, goth club-ready 'Shake The Cage' and the slow-burning, 'Brainwashed', which cuts the electronics in favor of brooding chugs and screeching guitar solos. They make for an interesting change of pace, but it's nothing new, so don't get too excited about it.

Nevertheless, Sasha K and co. found a way to save this record from being a total failure by bringing back some of the electronic elements that defined their early 90s material. These little changes feel like a breath of fresh air within the album. The title track is the highlight, focusing on the atmosphere, while Lucia's often sensual vocals create a more visceral setting amid the dubstep-influenced instrumental. Think of the whole thing as a nice KMFDM-How To Destroy Angels collaboration. Also, 'Get The Tongue Wet' and 'Make A Stand' share some vintage sounds and push the sequenced synthesizers and vocoders in front, much like all the industrial bands did back in the golden days (and still do). This throwback culminates with the use of 'Naive''s chorus on 'Salvation', an attempt to fuse the two eras for the fans. All efforts are appreciated, although in this case, I'd rather go back and listen to that album instead.

I have given up a long time ago on believing KMFDM will ever wake up one day and move forward (I mean does anyone still have such expectations"). Each effort shares the same story: there's always an EP worth of songs that grab your attention, while the rest are just the same parts with different structures and lyrics (which get dumber every year). I understand they have reached a certain standard and can't actually fail, but other veteran acts have managed to reinvent themselves or at least experiment to find a new approach to the original sound. Our Time Will Come will not change your opinion of them, so at the very best, take what you like from it and add it to your playlist.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This reads as a 2.5, but it's not a case of bad music, it's more like good music/bad lyrics and too much repetition over the years. If you're new to the band you'll like this more.

I hope they get lucky next time with the hooks, because there's not much to enjoy here for more than a couple of spins.



Also, here's 'Blood vs. Money' - http://soundcloud.com/kmfdm_official/blood-vs-money

KevinKC
October 14th 2014


847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good review. You've said it all guys.

In my opinion they should hire some producer instead of doing everything themselves. Someone to force them to take a drastically different approach just for once. After all they've done this album about six times now.

Starting with Genau is a bad joke. The song in itself is cool but when you've already heard Kunst and Krank before it is really not inviting.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Exactly! They should be held at gunpoint and forced to do exactly the opposite of what they recorded in the past 12 years. (A few exceptions aside)

Willie
Moderator
October 14th 2014


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've liked almost everything they've released since Angst, but this one just doesn't cut it for me.

KevinKC
October 14th 2014


847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

sometimes I've got the feeling that they are already held at gunpoint by Sasha Konietzko to produce exactly what he wants.

Satellite
October 14th 2014


25829 Comments


school shooters don't even listen to these guys anymore :/

ManiacCop
October 14th 2014


49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm approaching this with some trepidation now.



WWIII isn't boring. Tohuvabohu is the band's post-reformation nadir.

titanslayer
October 14th 2014


2713 Comments


"yet fail overall"
Should be failed overall.
Good review man, been meaning to check this guys out

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@kevin - that might just be true lol. He's quite stiff when it comes to the music (based on past events)



@titanslayer - thanks man, I missed that little mistake.



@willie - I have quite a love/hate relationship with them, mainly with their output since the reformation. This is one of the least

interesting records they put out in a long time

Tunaboy45
October 14th 2014


16609 Comments


At least the artwork is great.

Polyethylene
October 14th 2014


4677 Comments


not surprised this is mediocre af, they've really never been the same without En Esch and Guenter Schulz

at least they left us with amazing albums like DBYT, Naive, Angst, Nihil and Symbols tho

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True. A reunion would be great, although it won't happen.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 15th 2014


39895 Comments


pretty sure this band has never released anything not mediocre

Polyethylene
October 15th 2014


4677 Comments


um I count five stellar albums and a bunch of good ones

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2014


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, you're too harsh Potsy, they had a golden period.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 15th 2014


39895 Comments


theyve had zero good albums

KevinKC
October 15th 2014


847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Lordepots, subtlest troll ever.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 15th 2014


39895 Comments


im not trolling tho they suck bad IMO

Polyethylene
October 15th 2014


4677 Comments


a shame you can't get into them, one of my most beloved bands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na3yiPMcrHo

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BkHoK_jNAU


any of those do anything for you?

omnipanzer
October 15th 2014


21823 Comments


Can't believe these guys are still putting shit out. I don't think I've listened to an album of theirs since Symbols tbh.

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