Spawned in Germany during 1984, KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound. Moving to Chicago in the mid-80's KMFDM was the pride of Wax Trax Records during the label’s peak. Rapidly evolving year by year through intense experimentation and touring; the band has redefined themselves with each new release.
Venturing on to dabble in side projects and then re-establish KMFDM in Seattle in 1999, Sascha’s revolving band of misfits have stood the test of time. To quote themselves, “The future belongs to those of us still willing to get our hands dirty”. Living by their D.I.Y. philosophy, KMFDM launched their own online store, KMFDM Store and record label, KMFDM Records.
Helmed by the dual vocal attack of the band’s founder Sascha and siren Lucia KMFDM celebrated 20 years of musical excellence by performing 62 shows in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia in 2004. In 2005 they embarked on a World Tour of 18 countries in support of their full length CD Hau Ruck. 2006 saw the release of the release of the remix EP titled Ruck Zuck and the Hau Ruck Zuck USSA Tour. 2007 brought Tohuvabohu, featuring a grand mixture of the band’s many styles. In 2008 the band, now relocated to hometown Hamburg, Germany released their first full blown remix album ever, Brimborium.
Next came KMFDM 24/7, a series of twenty four seven inch vinyl singles featuring tracks from the band's original 12" singles and classic album cuts. The singles were released by KMFDM Records on the first of every month for 24 months culminating with the brand new exclusive single “Day Of Light”. Each of the Limited Edition First and Only Pressings of 250 copies in the series sold out quickly. All tracks were remastered specifically for vinyl and the covers featured original classic KMFDM artwork. Early in 2009 KMFDM Records released SKOLD vs. KMFDM, a 22 track album by Tim Skold and Sascha Konietzko. The juggernauts of the alt-underground came together again to tear it apart. KMFDM remain a musical entity to be reckoned with. Through relentless musical exploration and reinvention they have continued to top themselves. The band’s 2009 release, Blitz, was no exception. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary the Kein Mitleid Tour 2009 took Europe by storm, hitting a number of festival and headlining dates across twelve countries, then making their way back to the US and Canada performing 32 headlining shows. The band brought in 2010 with a bang, releasing Krieg, featuring remixes of tracks from Blitz by top names across the musical spectrum. The Für Die Mehrheit European Tour found the band playing 18 shows across 10 countries in another mix of festival dates and headlining gigs.
KMFDM then unveiled the Wurst / Sh*t collection, a compendium of their best known tracks. KMFDM Wurst was a single disc release featuring 19 tracks including “Juke-Joint Jezebel”, “A Drug Against War”, “Megalomaniac”, “Godlike” and “Light”. Greatest Sh*t was a two disc package containing everything on Wurst and more (38 songs in all) spanning the band’s entire 15 studio album history. Capping the 2010 year, KMFDM broke out a set of reworked classics, the Limited Edition Godlike 2010 and Light 2010 CDs, a tribute to their fans and over 20 years of the song “Godlike” and 16 years of the song "Light". To kick off 2011, KMFDM released their first new single and video in 9 years, Krank with received great chart success in the US and Germany. This was followed by their new album, WTF?! in April. Now they set out across North America and Europe once again to bring the Ultra-Heavy-Beat live to their fans.
In addition to their new material KMFDM has re-released their entire back catalog from the band's WaxTrax! Records era as KMFDM Classics via Metropolis Records/KMFDM Records. All KMFDM Classics are remastered with deluxe booklets and some contain extra tracks. Their ten classic albums, What Do You Know, Deutschland?, Don't Blow Your Top, UAIOE, Naive, Money, Angst, Nihil, Xtort, Symbols and Adios are available now. To accompany the KMFDM Classics, KMFDM has released Extra, a three volume set of double disc collections of all KMFDM tracks not included on the ten KMFDM Classic albums. It features remastered tracks from the band's 12" singles and CD singles. All of the material on Extra has been out of print for many years, some appearing on CD for the first time ever. Extra Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 are out now on Metropolis Records/KMFDM Records. The classic KMFDM side project Excessive Force has had their entire catalog re-released with the same treatment given to the KMFDM Classics by Metropolis Records/KMFDM Records. Both Conquer Your World and Gentle Death are out now.
As can plainly be seen, the self-proclaimed fathers of industrial-rock show no signs of stopping.