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  • Audio CD (23 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Planetworks / Metropolis Records (ZYX)
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Celebrating 25 years of the ultra-heavy beat, KMFDM proudly announces their new album on Metropolis Records, Blitz. Blitz heralds the return to the five-letter album name, an 18 year tradition that the band obliterated with their recent ten-letter name albums, Tohuvabohu and Brimborium, in 2007 and 2008.
Blitz contains 11 new sonic blasts from the Kapt n and Krew, tipping the scales at over 52 and a half minutes. Under the direction of KMFDM founder, leader and vocalist Sascha K., Blitz is dominated by analogue synthetics with high-powered hooks. KMFDM s female singer, Lucia, lends her vocal power to the groove-laden Bait & Switch , the dance-driven Never Say Never and others. The tracks are rounded out by some assistance from the KMFDM line-up of the last half-decade - Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway and Steve White.
One surprise element of Blitz is the return of wayward KMFDM-er Tim Skold, lending a hand throughout with instrumentation and production. Another unexpected re-appearance comes in the form of singer Cheryl Wilson, dueting with Lucia on the disco-amped Strut .
No strangers to naming things with unpronounceable icons, Blitz leads off with a track known only by a symbol. This image pervades the Blitz album artwork, pointing to a message for those who look closely. The Blitz artwork also features a powerful and riotous cover illustration by long-time KMFDM stalwart Brute!
Adding to the growing list of languages sung in the KMFDM canon (English, German, Latin, Hebrew, Lingala (an African language) and Spanish), KMFDM breaks new ground with Davai , sung in Russian. Of course there is still room in the catalog for another German language track and KMFDM delivers with Potz Blitz!
Joining the pantheon of illustrious KMFDM covers is The Human League s seminal new wave juggernaut Being Boiled , given the full-on electro treatment by Sascha K. Blitz provides the complete KMFDM experience, running the gamut of the band s expressive styles and themes, from the ultimate irony of Bitches to the political militarism of the final track, Take m Out .
KMFDM invites you to experience full blown chaos with Blitz, the ultimate blast!

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By Al .Wasser on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having read some rather unimpressed reviews, I went to buy this album having heard, and liked, Bait and Switch.

I was surprised by what I heard. Despite owning well reviewed KMFDM albums such as Nihil and Naive, I would actually call this album, 'Blitz', my favourite. It's just so varied and playful that i can't help but enjoy it. I own most of their albums, and I'd say this is one of their best, if not the best, along with Hau Ruck, Nihil and Xtort.

If you've never heard of KMFDM, but like The Prodigy or Rammstein, give this a listen. It combine dance beats and guitars better than most albums.

Top tracks would be Symbol [Up Uranus], Bait and Switch and the superb cover of Human League's Being Boiled.
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Been listening to KMFDM for a while now and they certainly know how to keep the standards high with each album they release. BLITZ is no exception, mixing industrial beats with crunching guitars, they really are such a unique band to listen to. This is more a dancy style album but will please fans of their older stuff, such as NIHIL and WWIII all the same. Overall, they've stuck to a formula which has worked for over 20 years now and they are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, which isn't a bad thing!!
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By mrs gillian gow on 24 July 2014
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i love this band any of their cd's are good
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Better than most, but not the best 25 Mar. 2009
By Joe M - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Blitz is an album suffering from a split personality. It features an assortment of so-so, somewhat forgettable tunes that are a continuation of some of the more uninteresting aspects of 21st century KMFDM. It also features a handful of the best songs recorded by the band in at least a decade.

Starting off with the song entitled with a symbol, which seems to be the astronomical symbol for Uranus, KMFDM shows exactly how they're not quite hitting the target on this album. With some really interesting sounds and pieces that never quite gel, the first track sounds like three different songs that were hammered together in some Frankenstein's lab. It also foreshadows a recurring problem: great choruses and weak verses. The bummer is I really wanted to like this song more, but it had nothing to tie it all together. 5/10

Things get a bit better with Bait and Switch, which features some nicely skittering synth lines, and a good trade-off between Lucia and Sascha on vocals. Her chorus lyrics remind me of Stars & Stripes, or New American Century. Still, this track doesn't pack much of a punch, despite the pretty decent groove it gets into. 7/10

Davai is one of the weakest tracks on the album, and it sounds like it came straight out of the Attak/WWIII era. It's not horrible, but it's not memorable either. The bridge leads in a more interesting section of industrialism, but it's not enough to save the track from a dull, plodding first half. 2/10

Never Say Never, again, has similar problems. Interesting pieces mixed with boring pieces, for a mediocre overall tune. Moderately cool chorus lines don't alter the fact that the verses are dull as hell. This song, along with the first track, would be much improved if it just had a hook. 4/10

Potz Blitz! is where the album starts to figure things out. It follows a formula similar to everything else up this point, but the formula is working better. The pieces are snapping into place, and that delightful sound of the giant, chugging machine begins to manifest. Menacing guitars and synths during the verses merge into oddly reflective and thoughtful chorus sections, and the vocoder treatment on Sascha's vocals gives this a unique feel. 7/10

So, we're got five rather tracks ranging from blah to decent up to this point... does it get any better? YES! All of a sudden, three of the most brilliant tracks KMFDM has produced in a looooong time come flying back to back to back, for an amazing mid-album apogee.

People of the Lie is one of the most interesting songs KMFDM has ever done, with a killer, staticky beat, sparse, yet tremendously effective synth work, and some of Sascha's best work, in terms of songwriting, lyrics, and actual vocal performance. The whispery quality that he and Lucia achieve on the chorus is just awesome. KMFDM really needs to explore territory like this a LOT more, because it's a rich vein of musical gold. 10/10

Being Boiled, the cover of The Human League song, is another exciting foray into some new terrain for the band. The bizarre synth horns, the sweetly crunchy guitar, the pounding, pulsing, snapping beats, and the fact that Sascha actually sings, makes this a memorable, and very cool song. More please. 10/10

Strut, featuring a duet between Lucia and former KMFDM singer Cheryl Wilson, is perhaps the best track on the album. It feels like a much needed breath of fresh air for a band that, despite its claims to being tongue in cheek, comes across as stolid and humorless occasionally. The synths are varied and bouncy, and the jammin little guitar riffs sound like something Gunter Schultz would've played back in the 1990s, circa Nihil. 10/10

Bitches is another tune in the style of Sucks, Inane, and Intro, talking about how KMFDM is actually a big load of crap and you're a huge sucker for buying what they're selling. It works moderately well, with a great effect being achieved by the dead serious minor string chords at the beginning. It also features some nice acoustic guitar, something else KMFDM should play around with more. 6/10

Me & My Guns is a really annoying, thankfully brief tune that is the only real blemish on the back half of this album. Screeching vocals and pointless lyrics dominate, to no good effect. 1/10

Take'm Out is almost pure techno, a serious departure from the guitar-heavy sounds of almost all the KMFDM to come out since the reformation. The closest thing I can think of to compare to it would be Witness off of the album Adios, although this has minimal vocals and is fairly sample heavy. An interesting finish to an interesting album. 8/10

So, overall, this isn't a perfect album, but it features enough truly interesting and fresh work to make me pretty happy, and give me hope for the future of KMFDM.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Better than a big fat blast 24 Mar. 2009
By A Customer - Published on
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Well I was lucky enough to get a promo of KMFDM's newest offering "Blitz" due out 3/24/09, so I wanted to be one of the 1st out there to review it. 1st off let me say if you're not a fan of the Post-99 line up of KMFDM this is probably not for you. The days of 4/4 beat Digital synthesizer 16 track recordings from the Wax Trax era are not what's intended on this album, although there are some songs that certainly remind me of those days. Again much like the last 2 albums this is a fusion of classic Sascha KMFDM style going back and forth mixed with Lucia's "Curve/Garbage" inspired tracks.

If I had to compare Blitz to the previous albums I would say it sounds closer to Hau Rock than the others. There is no WWIII cyber thrash on this disc nor is it quite as "feel good" as Tohuvabohu. Although I will say Lucia Songs like "Never Say Never" and "Strut" are very similar to "Looking for Strange" off of Tohuvabohu". This album though has an overall darkness and moroseness at times that separates it from the previous offerings. While the Lucia songs create a "more" feel good Cyber Chik Electronic vibe they are often followed up by darker songs, one in which Sascha and Lucia sing a track called "People of the Lie" that harkens back to Nivek Ogre's track "Full Worm Garden" off of "Adios".

Sascha Songs like "Potz Blitz" took me back to 90's Sonic Industrial Metal similar White Zombie, Filter and Butthole Surfers of yesteryear, while Bitches is a classic "Angst" days sounding track that appears to be Sascha sarcastically addressing fans, and haters that have blogged, and accused Sascha off selling out over the last decade. Hence the line "We are Bitches for your riches"

Davai is another Sascha track, and probably one of my favorites on the whole album. Not only is this a classic "Ministry style" Cyber Stomping track, but the Russian lyrics gives it that classic "foreign" sounding audio, noise, terror vibe. "Being Boiled" is another track that rings of Old School Industrial as well, this time passing resemblance to the Controlled Bleeding album "In Penetration" from the early 90's. Sascha sings this track in the same Gothy tone he sang the song "Tohuvabohu" on the last album, which also lends to sounding like Controlled Bleed, if only accidentally. Interestingly this song is a cover of an old Human League Song.

Lucia's tracks on Blitz certainly continue to make one think of Curve, and Garbage as always but with Sacha's Programming, and Jules's thrash Guitar riffs these songs simply blow Curve, and Garbage out of the water. (no offense Dean) Track 4 is "Never Say Never" and this song sounds like it literally could have been on Garbage's 2.0 album, but again the amount of changes, and tone of the guitar just makes it so much better.

"Strut" is simply amazing. Lucia sings this song like ballsy, cheesy 80's style similar to Human League or Berlin, and one would think this is the cover song. Of course just as one thinks this is going to be a dead on 80's style song, the classic KMFDM thrash guitar line rings in, which sounds suspiciously similar to "Juke Joint Jezebel". I suspect that this might have been intentionally done for the sake of fun. Lucia's Final track on Blitz is "Me and My Gun" This song sounds a lot like the MDFMK Album, and is just balls out bad azz breaks, and thrash. The album closes on track 11 with a Praga Khan esque Analog Techno trak called "Take'm out.

For me Blitz has been my favorite of the post 99 era KMFDM. It has a well rounded mix of styles, that amalgamates Techno, Thrash, Rock, Metal, and Alternative into a Cornucopia of sound. A lot of people will say this disc is too pop because of the "Lucia" songs, but I think that is a fleeting excuse that a lot of Industrial fans cling to out of being stuck in a musical vacuum where all they listen to is what other so called "Industrial Fans" think Industrial should be. In truth they are simply unaware of the huge following that female lead groups like "Curve" in the past, and now "Collide" have been doing for years. All of which are derivative from the sounds of Sheffield, England where much of the bases for Industrial music took place.

My advice is to put you pre-conceptions aside, and forget about what you think Industrial is. KMFDM has said for years they aren't "Industrial". Listen to this with an open mind, learn to appreciate different styles, and forms of Music. Like it or not whether it's Minimalistic Noise, Ragga, Drum, and Bass, or Punk, and Thrash Metal this what KMFDM was all about from the get go. If you look in retrospect "What do you Know Deutschland" bares as little resemblance to "Angst" as Angst does to "Blitz" today. In closing I give Blitz 4 ½ stars out of a possible 5 for me.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Time to pull the plug, Sascha K 7 July 2009
By Mark H. McNeil - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Two and a half decades of conceptual continuity" has proven to be a decade too long. Not since "Adios" when Skold and En Esch were members has this band put together anything remotely innovative. I gave Lucia Cifarelli chance after chance to prove herself after major hiccups on "Attak", but her voice is miscast in this band and her lyrics are a mere parody of those written by Schultz and En Esch back in their heyday.

The "Adios" album, which was released in 1999, was a fitting coda to a band that never failed to reinvent itself on each album. To new listeners of KMFDM, go back and listen to Adios. That CD alone has more versatility than Blitz, Hau Ruck, WWIII, and Attak combined.

The modern, 21st century incarnation of KMFDM is a band only too conscious of its limitations. And because of this they're forced to rehash their previous album (some songs on Hau Ruck and Blitz sound remarkably alike) or quit outright. To veteran listeners, the second option is sounding more and more appealing.

A band that was once the crown ingenuity has been relegated to a tired, one-trick pony act.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Eh. 20 May 2009
By Dima - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is heavy with Lucia vocals. I'm not a big fan, so this really killed it for me. What happened to Käpt'n K? I'd prefer to hear his vocal work. It seems like the past few albums have been 'Lucia and Co.' I suppose I don't see the appeal. There were some good points to the album--I find the music awesome, but I'd not suggest buying it unless you really like Lucia's voice, or you NEED to have this album. Like I said, I prefer K's vocal work, but they're definately lacking in the recent past. I do suggest Skold vs. KMFDM, though. No Lucia!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best KFMDM Album In Years ! 29 Mar. 2009
By Brendan A. MacWade - Published on
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The other reviewers here have done a splendid job critiquing Blitz, the 16th studio album from these industrial rock veterans, and it is apparent that there is something for everyone on this album. Some people love 'Davai', others hate it. For me,this album delivers some of the better elements of previous albums, namely Nihil, Adios, and Attak. This is KMFDM's most danceable work since Adios. But it is also somewhat experimental like Nihil. The results are mixed, but overall, this has to be one of KMFDM's best albums, and IMO it is the best since Attak or Adios.

Blitz is full of great highlights. I think most reviewers would agree that there are two 'duds' on this album, and the best tracks will always be up for debate. Take 'Never Say Never', for example. The hook in the chorus is so massive, the verses might seem very dull in comparison. We've seen a lot of songs recently that rely on huge hooks and boring verses (readers are going to cringe when I say this, but one bloody song I can't avoid on the radio, 'Feels Like Tonight' by Daughtry, is one such song where the chorus is overwhelming and basically becomes the song). 'Never Say Never' is better than that, despite the contrast between chorus and verse. It's like a great Curve or Garbage song with a distinctive, dark KMFDM synth riff.

And then Blitz gets even better. 'People of the Lie' is a refreshingly experimental track - not the most accessible, but lryically superior to anything in WWWIII or Hau Ruck. 'Being Boiled' is an interesting cover of a lesser-known Human League song. 'Bait & Switch' is great. As is '[*]itches', which is another wonderful exercise in irony and mock fanboy hate along with previous efforts such as 'Sucks' and 'Intro'. And the album closes with the extended techno track 'Take'm Out'. All in all, a classic KMFDM album and a refreshingly fun and varied work that is far superior to anything the band has released since it got back together in 2001.
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