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Album Review

By 1997, KMFDM had become a dependable, prolific source for tightly produced, mostly top-notch heavy industrial music. To their great credit, the band never betrayed its countercultural ideals, becoming an independent empire without making any concessions to the mainstream. However, some of the band's ideas were getting a bit repetitive after nine albums. This self-titled effort (also known as Symbols, like Led Zeppelin's fourth album) was released during the "next big thing" hype of electronica, and finds the band peeling away some of its heavy guitars in favor of a more dance-oriented sound (which is where the band really started, anyway). And the programming skills here, admirably, have kept up with the times; some of this stuff sounds like it could have been produced by Prodigy. Luckily, KMFDM freshens its sound a bit with each album by bringing new contributing musicians into their collective; Tim Skold and ex-Skinny Puppy Ogre (with his unmistakably spooky growl) "sing" on a few tracks, while veteran industrial drummer William Reiflin adds live drums here and there. In all, this is as good as many of KMFDM's '90s albums, and is a fine place for newcomers to start. The clean, detailed production is of top quality, and many of the tunes — like "Megalomaniac" and "Anarchy" — are exceptional. But for those who have been following the band, Symbols offers few surprises.

Customer Reviews

Symbols Rock!!!

I love hear Anarchy is so wicked industrial rock and Megalomaniac is Technology >=)

First album

First of all, I didn't know about these guys 'til I saw a guy wearing a KMFDM shirt. I knew it sounded familiar so I checked them out when I got home. I must say, the first track I ever heard was Megalomaniac. I instantly became a big KMFDM fan after listening to this album.

KMFDM still has it

This album come out near KMFDM's peak. Megalo, Split, Waste, and Anarchy are definitely worth picking up! Th others depend on your preference for their types of songs.

Biography

Formed: February 29, 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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