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By 1997, KMFDM had become a dependable, prolific source for tightly produced, mostly top-notch heavy industrial music. To their great credit, the band never betrayed its countercultural ideals, becoming an independent empire without making any concessions to the mainstream. However, some of the band's ideas were getting a bit repetitive after nine albums. This self-titled effort (also known as Symbols, like Led Zeppelin's fourth album) was released during the "next big thing" hype of electronica, and finds the band peeling away some of its heavy guitars in favor of a more dance-oriented sound (which is where the band really started, anyway). And the programming skills here, admirably, have kept up with the times; some of this stuff sounds like it could have been produced by Prodigy. Luckily, KMFDM freshens its sound a bit with each album by bringing new contributing musicians into their collective; Tim Skold and ex-Skinny Puppy Ogre (with his unmistakably spooky growl) "sing" on a few tracks, while veteran industrial drummer William Reiflin adds live drums here and there. In all, this is as good as many of KMFDM's '90s albums, and is a fine place for newcomers to start. The clean, detailed production is of top quality, and many of the tunes -- like "Megalomaniac" and "Anarchy" -- are exceptional. But for those who have been following the band, Symbols offers few surprises.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Metropolis Records
UPC: 0782388048729
catalogNumber: 80487
Rank: 41436

Album Credits

Performance Credits

KMFDM   Primary Artist
Amy Denio   Saxophone
Michel Bassin   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
En Esch   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Slide Guitar,Loops
Sascha Konietzko   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Loops
Nivek Ogre   Vocals
Bill Rieflin   Drums,Loops
Tim Skold   Vocals
Günter Schulz   Guitar,Loops
Raymond Watts   Vocals
Abby Travis   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Bassin   Guitar
Amy Demo   Saxophone

Technical Credits

KMFDM   Producer
Eric Anderson   Video Stills
En Esch   Programming,Engineer
Sascha Konietzko   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Phillip Richardson   Video Images
Bill Rieflin   Programming
Chris Shepard   Producer,Engineer
Brute   Artwork
Günter Schulz   Programming,Engineer
Scott Crane   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Symbols 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KMFDM, is, Awesome, thats all there is too it. They've never made a bad album. Anarchy, is a very good song. And no, the kids at columbine were not influenced by music.