(photo credit: Regis Hertrich)
With a very successful release of their critically-hailed 18th album KUNST earlier this year, legendary industrial pioneers KMFDM will be reissuing their albums OPIUM and WWIII on October 22, 2013 via Metropolis Records. In addition, they will be bringing their “Ultra Heavy Beat” for their second North American tour in 2013 (tour dates below).
Originally released in 1984 on a limited run of 200 cassettes, KMFDM’s debut release Opium is a raw and untempered album that began their reign as leaders of the industrial revolution. Kicking off with the pulverizing mechanical rhythm of “Fix Me Up”, Opium is the genesis that would later spawn over three decades of music. As Sascha Konietzko told The Plague, this wasn’t so much an album as it was “like a demo, made under the most horrid conditions with absolutely no money at all.” Still, it offers a glimpse and the perfect starting point in the origins of the band.
Their 13th album WWIII is a very upfront and confrontational attack on George W. Bush’s presidency and his abuse of politics. Originally released in 2003, WWIII tackles the US policy at the time in a fierce and unrelenting fashion. The slow build of the massively epic opening title track is a call to arms, complete with their trademark breakneck drums and shouted chants. Sputnik Music called it , “KMFDM’s arguably most aggressive album… a furious, aggressive, mastodon of an album.”
Opium and WWIII will be re-released on October 22, 2013 via Metropolis Records.
Oct 20 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
Oct 21 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 22 – Park City, UT – Park City Live
Oct 23 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
Oct 24 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Oct 25 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Oct 26 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
Oct 27 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Concert Club
Oct 28 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 29 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Oct 30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Oct 31 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
Nov 01 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Nov 02 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Nov 03 – Patchogue, NY – The Emporium
Nov 05 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Nov 06 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Nov 07 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Nov 08 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Nov 09 – Austin, TX – Elysium
Nov 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Nov 12 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
Nov 13 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Nov 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Nov 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Nov 16 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
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