Category: Ultra Heavy Beat / Industrial / Rock
Album: Our Time Will Come
Blurb: Three decades and still going strong, KMFDM makes clear that the best days have yet to pass with an album as varied and at the same time consistent as any the band has ever produced.
Celebrating 30 years of conceptual continuity, the Ultra Heavy Beat shows no signs of slowing down, and with Our Time Will Come, KMFDM makes clear that as far as the band is concerned, the best days have yet to pass. Never a band to play by any rules other than its own, Our Time Will Come is in many ways the consummate KMFDM album, full of the band’s signature blend of industrialized techno beats, heavy guitar riffs, and satirical sociopolitical lyrics; some may hear it as nothing new, but after three decades, Sascha Konietzko and company have nothing to prove and only the loyal fans to please.
Miss Annabella introduces listeners to “Genau,” with Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli trading off a series of German words and expressions as a sardonic celebration of the band’s Deutsch roots, with Michael “Quirk” Dorsett’s Digitar adding to the squelching electronics to make for a dynamic and hard-hitting opener. Throughout the album are all of the traces of KMFDM’s past, from the inherent funkiness of “Shake the Cage” as a bouncy bass line recalls a song like “Agogo” or “Piggybank,” while the chorus to “Naïve” appears rather prominently in “Salvation,” a song notable also for its shimmering vocoder effects and strutting rhythms. Similarly, “Get the Tongue Wet” hits with a bouncy techno beat and a vocal cadence reminiscent of “Sex on the Flag” with a modern flare, with CHANT’s Bradley Bills providing an added bit of percussive power as he does also on “Respekt,” one of the album’s standout tracks. Featuring Tom Stanzel of Tritoxin, his vocals mesh seamlessly into the KMFDM sound, at times even coming close to Konietzko’s tonality but with a decidedly American inflection that gives the song’s belligerent lyrics some extra attitude, while the mix of semi-ethnic refrains with a drum & bass beat makes “Blood vs. Money” a surefire hit-to-be for live shows. The same could possibly be said for “Playing God” as its warbling electronics and energetic breakbeats almost outshine the inherent catchiness of the chorus, while Legion Within’s William Wilson returns once again to lend his seething baritone croon to the skittering sequences and anthemic lyrics of “Make Your Stand” to bring the album to a stomping close.
Though there are still detractors who prefer the bygone days of the WaxTrax! era, KMFDM’s fan base continues to grow and remains as fervently loyal as ever; every new album stands as a testament to the band’s longevity and creativity, and Our Time Will Come is no different. Recycling elements of the past and infusing them with a penchant for high octane programming and skillful performance has always been at the very core of KMFDM’s aesthetic, and with more than a few guests bringing their stamps to these familiar ingredients, Our Time Will Come is as assorted and as simultaneously consistent an album as KMFDM has ever produced. Happy Birthday, KMFDM; your time is always now!
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