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Album Review

This early release from industrial titans KMFDM sounds a little flimsy when compared to the band's pile-driving later work. Recorded in 1988, the music on Don't Blow Your Top naturally sounds a bit dated — like a combination of early Meat Beat Manifesto, Twitch-era Ministry, and even and the more primitive stuff of Alien Sex Fiend. This early, embryonic lineup of the group, including Sasha Konietzko, En Esch, and Nainz Watts, is still finding its sound here. Decidedly lighter in tone than the classic KMFDM sound of the '90s, Don't Blow Your Top features little of the stuff that would become KMFDM trademarks: sledgehammer guitars, state-of-the-art programming, and politically charged lyrical sloganeering. In fact, most of the tracks on Don't Blow Your Top are little more than primitive drum loops decorated with simple chants and samples; the ideas just don't seem fully developed. Still, it's interesting to see how it all started. A work in progress.


Formed: 29 February 1984 in Hamburg, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Such industrial alt-metal outfits as Nine Inch Nails and Ministry received the lion's share of press and commercial success during the '90s, but a handful of other bands slugged it out for just as long (or much longer), including KMFDM. The band's name has been the subject of countless debates among fans over the years as to what it stands for (their record company even went as far as holding a contest in 1994 for fans to submit possible meanings, resulting in more than 1,000 entries), but the confirmed...
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