Sascha ‘Käpt’n K’ Konietzko – Vocals/programming
Lucia Cifarelli -Vocals/keyboards
Andy Selway – Drums
Andee Blacksugar – Guitars
02. No Regret
03. Oh My Goth
07. Disturb The Peace
09. Binge, Boil, & Blow
11. No God
KMFDM are a group that really need no introduction with around 35 years and now 21 albums, they have been a consistent and driving force in industrial music for a considerable period. And it’s a good time too, as some of the other early influences such as Front Line Assembly, Ministry and even Cubanate have been active and releasing albums this year. Forces in the industrial world were laying down the gauntlet and it’s now KMFDM’s turn to make a move.
The ever present musical alchemist and founder/frontman Sascha ‘Käpt’n K’ Konietzko has teamed up with several guests to compose this latest work. There have been some returns with the likes of Lucia Cifarelli still at the helm, likewise with drummer Andy Selway. Guitarist Andee Blacksugar also returns – although is a much more recent component of the group- and plays a big role in laying down some the heaviness and texture to the music.
‘Paradise’ itself is straight off the bat into some heavy realms and full of anger and political confrontation. Like the title track itself states, “This planet is a paradise, a paradise for assholes” so its destiny was never to be anything else but a scathing tome against society’s ills. ‘K.M.F (Kill Mother Fucker) starts us off and there’s a lovely groovy riff towards the end. The guitar work of Andee Blacksugar is very prominent throughout the earlier tracks on the album and he seems to have plenty of tricks up his sleeve as we can get some proper riffs then some psychedelic leads, depending on how the tracks evolve.
And evolve they do as we get many different styles, from hip hop and dubstep to chillwave reggae, depending on the track. The title track ‘Paradise’ goes down many avenues all in its own and keeps an industrial edge as this is the main component that rears its head throughout the album. It is quite a mixed bag in terms of style and but the quality and experience is there. We even get a bit of ego stroking on the track ‘Megalo’ from Käpt’n K glorifying KMFDM somewhat.
I wouldn’t say they were “harder than the rest”, but KMFDM certainly are a dynamic act that has proved to be very versatile over the years. They have earned their reputation and fully deserve their recognition. There’s still plenty of ills in the world to be pissed off with and it’s not likely to change anytime soon so we should be able to expect more from KMFDM in the near future. They are rather prolific after all and why not, you might as well try to find your paradise in this world of assholes.