I have been a rather big KMFDM fan for quite some time
now, and am very pleased with this tribute album. While Cleopatra
does have its hits and misses with their tribute albums, this one happens
to be good. What all of the bands here do is take the classic KMFDM
songs and recreate them in their own special way while still keeping
the true feel of the songs intact. This allows for a lot of variety.
Pig starts the album off with a rather slow and funky
version of “Disobedience”. It’s a good opening track as it
probably wouldn’t have fit anywhere else due to it being the slowest
track here. Guenter Schultz (formerly of KMFDM) delivers
a great version of “Light” with various male vocals and superb
female vocals. It’s a very energetic track with a lot happening in it.
Dkay.com/Die Krupps deliver a solid version of “Power”
that isn’t too different from the original, but definitely has some
new added modern sounds in the mix. Sigue Sigue Sputnik offer
a rather funky electro take on “Virus” with robotically altered
vocals. Razed In Black delivers one of the best songs
here with their take on “A Drug Against War”. It’s extremely
energetic and catchy with heavy industrial combined with techno. Rosetta
Stone offer a rather dark distorted industrial version of “Vogue”.
It’s good, but the vocals are a little too distorted for my tastes.
16 Volt Vs. Spahn Ranch do a version
of “Don’t Blow Your Top” which is rather noisy and chaotic
with shouted vocals and guitars placed over experimental electronic
music. It’s interesting and entertaining. Sheep On Drugs
create a noisy industrial version of the classic “Money” that
is quite good, but too short. They should have extended the length of
the song. Transmutator (aka Razed In Black)
delivers a clubfloor techno/trance version of “Spiritual House”
that features both male and female vocals. Interface
Vs. Nick Shifter offer a rather upbeat and funky electro
version of “Sex On A Flag” featuring somewhat rough male vocals.
Inertia create an excellent dark sci-fi industrial
version of “Juke Joint Jezebel” featuring the classic combo
of male and female vocals. Shining do a version of
“Megalomaniac” that is heavy industrial with both chugging
guitar riffs and sci-fi electro sounds combined with slightly growled
male vocals. The Filmstrip end the album with their
electro-goth version of “Stray Bullet”.
If you’re a KMFDM fan and want to hear some of your
favorite classic songs remade with a new twist while still sticking
to their industrial roots, this album is definitely for you. It’s done
quite well with the songs all sounding a lot different from each other,
and placed in a great order with nothing that you will want to skip.