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THE IGNORANT ELDER EMPOWERS THE YOUTH . . .
Its now official.
KMFDM has closed shop and ADIOS is their final album. Gone
are most of the crew that have been built into KMFDM over the years.
This album was largely written by founding member Sascha Konietzko and writer / singer / programmer / musician
Tim Skold. Nina Hagen makes a guest appearance. En Esch weighs in on only
two songs, Ogre on two, and William Rieflin on just one.
This entire album is about saying goodbye. With the song ADIOS, Konietzko sings
"I DON'T WANT NO PART IN THIS / I DON'T FEEL THE NEED TO SCORE /
BURNT ALL BRIDGES / CLOSED MY HEART / I DON'T WANT TO BE A PART NO MORE.
While the third track D.I.Y. promises that "KMFDM WILL NEVER STOP", they
mean in spirit only. We can say goodbye to their wonderful line up of
Sascha Konietzko, En Esch, Gunter Schulz, Cheryl Wilson, Ogre, Tim Skold,
and William Rieflin. There have been many more excellent musicians that
have contributed their talents to KMFDM over the years. Check out
the KMFDM website for more info.
Konietzko's plan is to reform (and break all previous contractual
obligations) as MDFMK.
ADIOS is the starkest piece I've ever heard from KMFDM. Gone is the humor
wove into every song. This is the downward continuation of KMFDM:
(SYMBOLS). The music is still as good as ever, still as danceable, but something has died in the group.
KMFDM: ADIOS is not their best, but it is a somber final note to a great
and largely unrecognized band.
3 Perplex Skulls
This review copyright 1999 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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As bad luck would have it, ADIOS was released on the same day
Columbine High School Massacre in Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A.
The fact that the news media have suggested that some of the blame could
be put on KMFDM for the emotional state of the two murderers
hasn't helped matters.
KMFDM, which has never been about racism has in fact, had many multi-ethnic
contribute to their albums over the years. As one KMFDM song
had put it
"KMFDM IS A DRUG AGAINST WAR".