Mar 2013 28

Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Small’s Theatre, 03/22/2013

 

After a long Ultra-Heavy Beat drought, KMFDM finally returned to Pittsburgh to support the latest album, KUNST, and Pittsburgh enthusiastically welcomed the band back with open arms and a surprisingly sold-out crowd. Accompanied by Legion Within and CHANT for the tour and local artists Rein[Forced] supplying additional support, the lineup made for an interesting and varied night. [..]

Mar 2013 27

Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club, 3/20/2013

 

2013 is a big year for fans of the golden age of industrial music with a new KMFDM album and tour, new Front Line Assembly and Skinny Puppy albums later this year, and rumors of new Nine Inch Nails material; it’s like some kind of planetary alignment. Paradise Rock Club is located on a busy Boston campus with bright-eyed students crisscrossing the streets purposefully. The place is pretty small, with a balcony that wraps around the venue on three sides. Dozens of drums, cymbals, and noisemaking objects decorate the stage, presumably belonging to tribal/industrial artist CHANT, the opening act of the tour. By 8:00pm the place is already two/thirds full and the show promptly begins. The crowd is a mix of goths, rivetheads, punks, and metal fans of various ages; as expected, many are sporting KMFDM shirts. [..]

Mar 2013 26

Philadelphia, PA, The Trocadero Theatre, 03/19/2013

 

Philadelphia is often hailed as the city of brotherly love, although that does little to explain the curfew that was in effect on this particular Tuesday night at the Trocadero Theatre. With the doors opening promptly at 7:00pm, and the show beginning shortly thereafter, the triple header of KMFDM, Legion Within, and CHANT had but a short time to send the attending crowd into industrial rock frenzy as only they can deliver. Held at the Trocadero Theatre, the venue attempts the ambience of a classic concert hall with a slightly modern edge – split into two sides, one featuring the bar area for 21+, the other for the all ages crowd, with the upstairs featuring theatrical seating and a smaller club area for after parties. [..]

Mar 2013 24

Falls Church, VA, State Theatre, 03/18/2013

 

At first glance, the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA might not seem like the ideal venue for a hard-hitting industrial rock extravaganza. Then again, industrial music is all about challenging perceptions and conventions; so who better than the purveyors of industrial rock– KMFDM – to do just that? 29 years and still going strong, the Ultra-Heavy Beat celebrates the release of its eighteenth album, KUNST, on tour with the tribal/industrial assault of CHANT and the dark rock of Legion Within. [..]

Mar 2013 22

Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse, 03/17/2013

 

St. Patrick’s Day: a holiday typically associated with drunken debauchery. This Paddy’s Day in Atlanta would be no different, except the debauchery would be at the hands of Germans instead of Irish as KMFDM brought the party to the Variety Playhouse, supported by Seattle darkwave act Legion Within and Austin tribal/industrial drum project CHANT. Fans filled the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, decked out in leather, patches, spikes, and a Soviet military helmet to see the show. [..]

Mar 2013 20

Dallas, TX, Trees, 03/15/2013

 

It’s hard to last even 10 years in the music business as a band nowadays, so if you’ve been around for 29 like KMFDM has, you’re definitely doing something right. Nothing shows that more than the vast amounts of KMFDM fans found at every single one of the band’s shows. KMFDM’s music has reached countless numbers and the Ultra-Heavy Beat continues to spread. [..]

Mar 2013 20

San Francisco, CA, The Independent, 03/09/2013

 

While the rest of the country was battling record-breaking low temperatures and snowstorms, San Francisco was blessed with a temperate night, perfect for talking a walk to The Independent for a sold out performance by legends of the industrial scene. [..]

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