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KMFDM Does Halloween at Culture Room

With the exception of Rammstein (a raging post-industrial roar of a rock band) and Tokio Hotel (a neo-glam group of anime-like youngsters), Germany's been strangely silent on the band front in recent years. Well, silent but for the racket coming out of KMFDM, anyway, who have released either an EP or an LP every year since 1984.

But even the most accomplished racket-makers can get bogged down in Bavaria, and since 1991, the band has been based stateside, where the bulk of its fan base stays engaged via all the right social devices. Those fans also continue to fall out en masse every time their industrial-strength favorites come to town. And since KMFDM basically hasn't been off the road since the group's inception, those visits are frequent.

South Florida gets another dose this Saturday, on Halloween, of all dates. KMFDM is out promoting something it calls Blitz. Like all of KMFDM's albums, Blitz errs on the more accessible side of the industrial street. Lead single "People of the Lie" sounds like a collision between Scritti Politti and Killing Joke, and "Strut" comes off almost as if Kill Hannah were fronted by a soul singer. But even when KMFDM is waxing sophomoric ("Up Uranus"), it attempts to kick out the jams like it was 1984 all over again.

Yes, KMFDM may have reached its peak with the release of 1993's crank-speed A Drug Against War. But don't think for a moment that the proto-industrial agit-prop power rockers have shuffled off to Buffalo. In fact, don't think at all. Because that might spoil the pummeling you'll get should you decide to spend All Hallow's Eve with a bunch of unmasked men for whom volume is a lot like God.

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John Hood

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