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KMFDM – Tohuvabohu

Title: Tohuvabohu
Artist: KMFDM
Label: Metropolis Records
Year: 2007

I have enjoyed KMFDM for many years now, and they are my second most played band. Although they have made releases that do not amount to much in my mind, they have release an impressive amount of albums (about one each year since the beginning) and most of them at least partly brilliant, which is rare indeed. What is even rarer is that they have managed to expand and change in a way I truly like. With the new line-up since WWIII, they have produced three albums, all of which are excellent. The sound has been sliding gradually more towards rock than industrial, so when Konietzko announced that the new album (Tohuvabohu, released in August this year) would be more electronic, I was delighted.

Tohuvabohu is an excellent album, possibly one of the best. It combines the rock influences from WWIII and Hau Ruck, and revives the electronic core of the band from earlier eras. This produces a mixture I truly love, a mixture unique to KMFDM that I have been unable to find elsewhere. I also find that Tohuvabohu is more varied than earlier albums in that the style of individual tracks differ more, although at the same time keeping within the style of the album as a whole. I love the way Lucia’s voice has been developing and the fact that she has been granted more vocal space. Lately, I seem to have nourished a weakness for industrial music with female vocalists, hm…

One of the key features of WWIII and Hau Ruck (it is a feature of earlier albums too, but I feel it much more strongly in those two most recent) is political lyrics expertly written and conveying an important message. Albeit that I do not always agree wholeheartedly or cannot relate to it, a message is there. Even though I have not yet have time (or the inclination) to analyse carefully the lyrics on Tohuvabohu, I still feel there is a difference and a shift of focus towards more everyday aspects of life. I do not say that this is bad, I just say that I like political themes more.

On the whole, Tohuvabohu is brilliant and I certainly deem it one of the top three albums by KMFDM. I have had roughly three months to absorb the music, so I feel that I am in a position to comment on its relative splendidness. In any case, I recommend Tohuvabohu to anyone who likes either rock or industrial music and favours a belligerent sound with punch.

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