Anytime I get into an industrial fix, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry are the two bands that people come to expect me to listen to. What people don’t realize is that during these phases where that’s all I want to listen to, I spend most of my time listening to KMFDM. They are one of those bands I really dig, yet never talk about. With that being said, it’s been a few years since I’ve really paid much attention to these Germans but definitely could not pass up the chance to review their newest record entitled, Kunst.

In the opening title track, Sascha Konietzko informs the audience that KMFDM has been around for 29 years (or 18 albums for those playing along at home) and although I’m not really a fan of the Tim Skold era of the band, they haven’t really strayed from the path that they started out on. Kunst is also probably the most guitar driven and heaviest record since Nihil. The drums pulse to almost near house like dance beats and the insane amount of samples and humor are sprinkled throughout the albums ten tracks. It’s a formula that the band knows and has perfected. Fans should have an idea of exactly what they are getting with this record. The only thing that I could say is that there is definitely a beefed up intensity with this record that definitely wasn’t present with their last outing WTF?! and the title track is arguably the best song they’ve wrote since Juke Joint Jezebel or Son Of A Gun.

There isn’t much else more to talk about with this because KMFDM has been perfecting their craft for nearly 30 years and at this point they could phone it in and still hit the mark. This album is the most fun record they have written in 17 years and it will take you no time before you are singing the infectious chorus of the first track in which the band declares you “Kill Mother Fuckin Depeche Mode”. Other songs such as Pussy Riot (dedicated to the imprisoned Russian female punk band) and I (Heart) Not will also remain stuck in your head for days.

If you dug KMFDM back in the day and have fallen out of touch with them in recent years, this is the album to get you back into the band. It has a lot of similarities to records such as Nihil, Angst, and Xtort but has a sense of freshness about it. Comes highly recommended for those looking for a good time and dig danceable industrial music.