KMFDM – ROCKS: Milestones Reloaded (earMUSIC)

Genre: Industrial Rock

The ultra heavy beat is back. Or at least it’s been reinvented, rebooted and reborn to usher in a brand new era of bass-heavy industrial rock.

This lively collection of remixed, remastered and ‘reimagined’ tracks from KMFDM’s glorious past is the prelude to a brand new chapter in the band’s remarkable story. A new album of original material is mooted for 2017 and this well-timed trip down memory lane does its job in whetting the appetite for those treats to come.

There’s no doubt that one of the pioneers of industrial rock still boast a knack of setting the pulse racing the head throbbing. There’s a typically German efficiency about every tune here with the constant switch between male and female vocal leads lending a much-needed diversity to a production line of pounding dance rock anthems.

In the mid to late 90s KMFDM looked set to conquer the world and listening to ROCKS it’s easy to imagine the Teutonic party-starters besting The Prodigy, Korn, Rammstein et al.

Perhaps their time is still to come but as a playlist rich in nostalgia and yet still powerfully relevant this furious Best Of is hard to beat. The only concern is that KMFDM’s new material simply can’t compete…