angstOne of the genres that has always intrigued me is that of the industrial rock scene like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and the band that I chose to review for today in KMFDM. I’ve been intrigued by the genre because it helped spawn a new genre in the 1990’s which was the industrial metal genre with bands mixing elements of industrial into their music like Fear Factory or even White Zombie. So, I have decided to look back at a band that I discovered one night thanks to Beavis And Butt-head when they played the video for the song A Drug Against War. It was then and in that moment that i was hooked and wanted to know more about KMFDM. For instance their name stands for Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid which loosely translates to No Pity For The Majority in German. The group at this time was made up of Sascha Konietzko (Vocals/Bass/Synth/Arrangements/Production), En Esch (Vocals/Guitar) who was back since quitting during the recording of the previous album, Svet Am (Guitar/Piano), making his first appearance with the band Mark Durante (Guitar) with additional help from Dorona Alberti on vocals. On October 13, 1993, the band would release their seventh album Angst via Wax Trax! Records and is considered by many critics to be their best album.

angst back cover1. Light- The first track on the album that also features vocals from Dorona Alberti with it’s industrial dance rock elements helps kick things off. 4.5/5

2. A Drug Against War– The first track i had ever heard from the band and it’s an all out Industrial Metal assault with the razor fast guitars and the Ministry like electronic drum kit. I think it’s a track about how we need to stop letting those in charge determine what is good or bad for us. 5/5

3. Blood (Evil Mix)– an Industrial rock banger in this track that is all about telling you that there will be times when you have to just look the other way as far as morality if you want to move ahead. 4/5

4. Lust-Another Industrial rock/dance like track that is all in German. It’s all about desiring someone that you know you can’t have. 4/5

5. Glory– I love the mixing of heavy guitars with the industrial dance element in this track. The track is all about how corrupt our society is and how the rich and government can get away with anything. 4.5/5

images (1)6. Move On-what a track musically first of all, unbelievable guitar riff helps drive this track that I think is all about moving on from what we have known before 1993. Like society starting fresh. 5/5

7. No Peace– You can definitely hear where Marilyn Manson got some of his influence from with this track that is all about no matter how hard we try, we ill never have peace in this world. 4.5/5

8. A Hole in the Wall– an industrial metal track that is a weird kind of love song. It’s all about one man’s encounter with a dominatrix (at least in my opinion) and how he loves it. 5/5

9. Sucks– For years people have speculated what KMFDM has stood for and this according to Wikipedia is, “a tongue-in-cheek reference to the various (false) interpretations of the initialism “KMFDM” at the time, including “Kill Mother-Fucking Depeche Mode”, “Kidnap Madonna For Drug Money” and “Kylie Minogue Fans Don’t Masturbate.”” 4.5/5

10. The Problem– The last track on the album is all about how when someone is different or they don’t quite fit in that we automatically say that there is something wrong with them and that the system is broken even though it’s just them being themselves. Dorona Alberti  has a larger presence in this track as she sings a lot of the song. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is considered by many to be the starter kit for anyone looking to get into KMFDM and it makes sense seeing as it is their seventh album. There is a great mixture of Industrial Metal and the Industrial Dance element which made it a fun record to listen to. My favorite tracks are A Hole In The Wall, A Drug Against War, and Move On. I am going to give the album 4.55 stars out of five for a final grade.

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