Retro

Retro

Although they weren't as essential to the development of modern industrial music as, say, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, or Front 242, Germany's KMFDM have pretty much been around since the inception of the genre. In their infant days they may have been clanging on metal pipes like country mates Einstürzende Neubauten and using animal intestines as stage props, but through the years they've mastered the art of guitar-augmented industrial dance music, experimented with thrash metal, and become one of the few modern industrial acts to still create original, cathartic music with electronics. For the uninitiated, <i>Retro</i> is a nice introduction, mixing the razor-edged riffing of KMFDM's latter-day discs <i>Xtort</i>, <i>Nihil</i>, and <i>Angst</i> with the earlier drum-machine barrages of <i>UAIOE</i> and <i>What Do You Know, Deutschland?</i> <i>--Jon Wiederhorn</i>