Other than vocal contributions from wifey Lucia, goth rocker and former Seattle cohort William Wilson, newbie Swedes Morlocks, and guitars by long-time collaborator Jules, Sascha takes full reigns on Kunst, which is fine by me because he is, and always will be the heart of this band. Kunst finds KMFDM continuing in what I feel is a streak of superior albums (from Tohuvabohu to present), with quality electro-industrial rockers and club stompers. I remain beyond impressed with Sascha's knack for frenzied songwriting.
While not as experimental as pre-MDFMK records, Kunst is still nonetheless solid. I still think WTF! is an overall better album, but Kunst has an overall groove that harkens to their Money days, while synthpunk numbers like Pseudocide reminds me of Drug Against War in it's delivery. Furthermore, this time around it seems Sascha has switched whatever type of drum programming he uses as on here the beats don't BLAST you over the head - they feel vintage, but still deep and hard. The guitars are also not as up front, giving the synth and bass some room to breathe. The synths themselves are also lovely and vintage sounding (Sascha said long ago that he preferred analog synths and triggers). As a fan of Legion Within, I really dig Next Big Thing and think William Wilson's Peter Murphy -esque vocals work incredibly well with KMFDM's music and gives it a darker flavor. It's one of the fastest songs on the album. The Mess You Made features vocals and some instrumentation from Swedish group Morlocks, that Sascha took a liking to recently. Definitely the most unique song on the album and my second favorite. Other highlights are the catchy I Heart Not, Pussy Riot, and Pseudocide - which takes the cake for me. My least favorite is actually the title track. As clever as it is that Sascha is name dropping past songs, it still comes off as silly. Besides, lyrically he has done similar things in the past so it doesn't seem...necessary? That's just me though.
Not much else to say, and that's not a bad thing. Its one of KMFDM's better albums, and my second favorite since they have been back with Attak. High production values, guest vocals, syncopated guitars & synth, Sascha's humor - all can be found here. If anything, I feel this album is definitely a tribute to some of their 90's material, but without a good portion of that era's experimentation.
Must have industrial album of 2013. There are not many industrial mainstays left, I'm glad Sascha is looking towards the future. It's not over yet!