The name KMFDM is synonymous with hard-hitting, high-energy, aggressive music and that’s exactly what we received Thursday night when the band stopped at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE on the tail end of their Hell Yeah 2017 tour.  Bringing the pounding beats, the dark industrial-themed stage and blinding strobe lights, the venue was packed with many long-time fans.  The set list covered songs from as early as the album Naive 1990 to several songs from the 20th studio album, Hell Yeah and the crowd ate it up, dancing, bouncing and singing along.

The energy transferred from the stage to the crowd from the opening song DIY through the remaining set that was heavy on new music from Hell Yeah, including Total State, Burning Brain, Murder My Heart and the title track to name a few.

To start off the night we heard a short set from Ocelot, an underground hip hop artist. OhGr hit the stage next, an industrial band formed in 2000 by Nevik Ogre and Mark Walk of Skinny Puppy.  They certainly put on a fun and engaging show.  Many fans who were crowded around the stage, sang right along to many of their songs.

KMFDM (originally Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, “loosely” translated by the band as “no pity for the majority”) is led by  Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project.  The focus soon turned to pioneering the mix of techno and dance with heavy metal that created the sound we know today.  There are now 20 studio albums spanning over 3 decades since the band’s inception along with many live sets, remixes and collaborations.  Lucia Cifarelli officially joined as the front-woman of the group in 2002, and today along with husband Sascha co-writes many of the group’s songs.  

Definitely a great night, leaving all of us excited for the next album/tour to come from KMFDM.  You can buy Hell Yeah now here:


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by Brenda Turner