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"MDFMK" (Republic/Universal)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Basically, MDFMK is KMFDM with a few personnel changes. Basically. Listening to this CD, however, you might think that they were a completely different band with a different attitude toward music.

MDFMK sounds a little like KMFDM with a somewhat less industrial edge and, sadly, a somewhat less intense power. Maybe this version of the band just doesn't want to play with the hard-carved edge of the other. Or maybe this genre in the background of so many action movies has taken some of the oomph out of the sound. Whatever it is, MDFMK just doesn't work as well as KMFDM.

Some of the songs have a little of that old rough, industrial strength: "Now" and "Rabblerouser" rock along all right as does "Gasoline."  And I liked the spacey funk of "Stare at the Sun." "Get Out of My Head," however, is a repetitive little number that grates on the nerves after awhile and "Torpedoes" sounds a little like "Duty Now for the Future"-era Devo.

MDFMK isn't KMFDM but at least they make that plain on the CD cover.

MDFMK: Sasha Konietzko, Tim Skold, Lucia Cifarelli.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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