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KMFDM: Stronger than you could reasonably ask for
By Andy Dolan
KMFDM, along with bands such
as Front 242, Thrill Kill Kult and
FrontLine Assembly, was alargepart
of the so-called "Wax Trax Indus-
trial" movement that, for a short time,
brought a new aggressiveness and
energy to electronic music. However,
the inevitablecritical backlash seemed
to hi this genre hardr ihan most, and
many of these bands found them-
selves softening up their sound and
signing wit major record labels,
However, KMFDM chose to re-
m in on the feisty Wax Trax label,
and, on their latest release, "Angst,"
they have managed to retain the pow-
erful, beat-driven sound that was al-
ways one of the stronger voices in the
Wax Trax crowd. "Everyone left be-
cause everyone was using Wax Trax
as alaunching station forbigger record
companies," explained KMFDM's
mastermind, Sasha Konietzko. "That
ists are virtuosos ... They all briny
a certain style, a certain personality
with them. It creates a variety that I
miss in bands like Ministry,'
In addition, En Esch, KMFDM't
bald-headed resident maniac has lef1
behind his manic percussive assaulti
to take over the job as sole frontmar
of KMFDM, a role he had previous
shared with Konietzko. "It used to.
that we sort of shared the front, but
now I'm more on top and he's in the
front," Konietzko explained. "Due tc
his accident four hears ago, it's im-
possible for him to drum."
Recently, the Wax Trax label de-
clared bankruptcy and was bought
out by TVT Records, but, in bands
like KMFDM, the sound that made a
name for Wax Trax still retains
original strength. Anyone who missi
the old "industrial" sound or wants tc
find out what it was all about should
check out the show and find out why
this band was able to stick with the
sound that many left behind.
The AngstFest Tourfeaturing
KMFDM, Sister Machine Gun and
Chemlab snarls its way to Industry
in Pontiac on Friday, May 27.
Tickets are $12.50 in advance, ana
this a 6 p.m. early show. But that
don't mean you can get in if you're
not 18 or older, as usual. Call 810-
334-1999 for more information.
KMiFtM, stalwart ziggurats of machismo that they are, show their loyalty to themselves and record label alike.
eally drove Wax Trax into a situation guessing by throwing in elements of band for taking themselves and their
vhere they really had nothing but funk, reggae, rap, metal, and a few political stances too seriously,
MFDM." deranged styles of their own creation. Konietzko appears to be in the pro-
KMFDM'ssoundhasalwaysbeen "'Angst' is the first guitar-straight- cess of unraveling that myth. Last
entered around heavy, mechanical forward album we've done. We've year's single, "Sucks," finds
eats andrough distorted vocals since got to try it all, to see how it all Konietzko jokingly admitting, "Our
heir debut release, "What Do You works," Konietzko stated. "('Angst') music is sampled / Totally fake / It's
Cnow, Deutschland?" but the band is more of a total wall of sound." done by machines 'coz they don't
as never failed to keep their listeners While critics have attacked the make mistakes ... No doubt about it:
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