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KMFDM Is Back With 'Attak'

After disbanding three years ago, pioneering industrial act KMFDM -- whose career spanned 15 years and 10 albums-returns April 19 with "Attak" (Metropolis). Founder and group leader Sascha Konietzko s

After disbanding three years ago, pioneering industrial act KMFDM -- whose career spanned 15 years and 10 albums-returns April 19 with "Attak" (Metropolis). Founder and group leader Sascha Konietzko says that the catalyst in the band's re-forming was "public demand."

The seeds of KMFDM's rabid fan following were sown 1991, when Konietzko moved the band to Chicago from its native Germany, establishing a strong global presence via famed local indie Wax Trax! Records. Following the label's purchase by TVT Records, he then moved in 1993 to Seattle, where he is still based.

Konietzko says KMFDM's dissolution in 1999 came as a result of "lots of stress and pressure, as well as differences in vision and drive." The split, he adds, was a matter of "stopping the machinery and switching the power off." KMFDM's 10th set, "Adios," was issued in April 1999.

By then, the band consisted only of Konietzko and Tim Skold, a native of Sweden who joined KMFDM in 1997 as multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/co-producer/remixer. The two decided to continue as a duo. "The next step was deciding, 'What do we call ourselves?' " Konietzko says. "We decided to reverse the name -- that gave us enough distance from KMFDM and yet kept us close to home."

Konietzko and Skold linked with singer Lucia Cifarelli. They signed to Republic/Universal and released an eponymous set in 2000. The label did not pick up MDFMK's option for a second album, but Konietzko kept writing with Cifarelli. At the same time, Konietzko says, "a build-up of public demand [monitored via the Internet] began for KMFDM to come back." In early 2001, he announced the return of KMFDM and spent the year recording "Attak."

KMFDM will tour Europe beginning in May. U.S. shows will start in July.




Excerpted from the April 6, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.

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