Bill Rieflin, who had a four-decade career as a drummer across Punk, Alternative Rock, Industrial Metal, and Progressive Rock has died. He was 59. Initial reports of his passing made no mention of a cause of death, but his Wikipedia page reported a battle with cancer, confirmed by his friend, session drummer Kevin Chamberlin. Most recently Bill was the drummer for King Crimson and the news was reported by KC founder Robert Fripp in a very sad and touching memorial via Facebook. Fripp wrote that Rieflin’s wife, Tracy, called him with the news. “Tracy told Toyah (Fripp’s wife) and me that the day was grey, and as Bill flew away the clouds opened, and the skies were blue for about fifteen minutes. Fly well, Brother Bill! My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you.” Rieflin’s career began in his hometown of Seattle, where he drummed with a variety of local acts, notably the punk rock group The Blackouts. The band’s final EP was produced by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, with whom Rieflin became friends with. Jourgensen recruited the Rieflin to join Ministry when Blackouts broke up, and Rieflin played on the band’s 1988 album The Land of Rape and Honey, an industrial music iconic album in the genre. He continued as a member of the group through the mid-90s, contributing to five of the band’s LPs. Following his departure from Ministry in 1996, he played with KMFDM, New York experimental band Swans and folk group Angels of Light. Rieflin also played on Nine Inch Nails’ 1999 double album The Fragile. Also that year, he released his debut solo album, Birth of a Giant. It was during this time that a publicist introduced him to R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. The drummer would then join and contribute to R.E.M.’s final three albums — 2004’s Around the Sun, 2008’s Accelerate and 2011’s Collapse Into Now. Rieflin had previously collaborated and remained friends, announced that the drummer had joined King Crimson in 2013. Rieflin would tour with the group and appear on five of their ensuing live albums, released between 2015-18. He had been absent from the group since taking an indefinite sabbatical in 2019. Bill was an incredible drummer and kind soul. Not many artists can say they wrote and performed with three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts (King Crimson, R.E.M., and Nine Inch Nails) as Bill did. Many artists paid tribute to Bill, including fellow Seattle musician Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. We send out condolences to Bill’s family, friends and many fans at this time. Continue reading
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KMFDM will finally be releasing their highly anticipated new album, HELL YEAH, on August 18th via earMUSIC. Continue reading
KMFDM has two big announcements for their loyal fan base today. The legendary pioneers of industrial rock will, not only be releasing new music this year, but they’ve also revealed new tour dates here in the United States. Continue reading
First up were Glasgow based Seraph Sin who it must be said were bloody good. A slightly hesitant start but they very quickly broke into their stride. The crowd this evening were kind of small but they didn’t half bounce. Seraphs Sin’s sound is weighted a little bit more towards the metal side than industrial and the mix works well, with a gritty guitar sound and some meaty thrash riffs in the mix they were greeted with a good crowd response. Continue reading
Rammstein fans have reason to be optimistic. Frontman Till Lindemann confirmed this year that they have started work on a new album (anticipated to arrive in 2017) which will no doubt prompt a world tour. I’m already exited by the prospect.
In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with In Amerika (Spinefarm Records), a concert film of their triumphant 2010 show in Madison Square Garden and features two extras – a 21-minute short showing the making of Liebe Ist Für Alle Da and the star of the show: Rammstein In Amerika – a 2-hour rockumentary chronicling the career of this famously private band.
Following the a well-established rockumentary formula, the most surprising thing about it is its duration. It genuinely doesn’t feel like 2 hours and never once gets boring. This suggests some serious skill on the part of the director, and quick check on IMDB shows that Austrian Hannes Rossacher is an old hand at documentary and working with bands. Indeed, he has worked with Rammstein before (in 2003, on Lichspielhaus – a collection of videos, gig footage, featurettes & TV ads) and deftly delivers a story that’s true to the band’s culture and endearing in its portrayal.
The story starts with the band members in East Berlin, covers their meeting and formation of the band that was to become the Rammstein that has remained unchanged (in terms of members) since 1994 and takes us through the apprenticeship of their early German shows and the release of Herzleid.
The origin story, however, (this is “In Amerika” after all) is treated as preamble. The film’s meat begins with the recording of Sensucht and the band’s first US tour in 1997 with fellow Germans KMFDM, follows their journeyman phase, explains their 10-year absence from the Land of The Free and culminates with their masterful return where they sold out The Garden in less than 30 minutes of pre-sale.
The outstanding quality of the engaging film-making provides extra colour and depth to the band for existing fans and serves to expose some of the cerebral and emotional qualities of Rammstein that’s hidden from those less familiar behind the shock-rock stories and stage hype. It’s not all about the pyromania.
Wisely avoiding overuse of purpose-shot band footage, Rossacher relies heavily on the band’s own archive footage and interviews from an array of well-known (and not so well-known) faces. This serves to keep the piece grounded and prevents it from becoming the self-parodying fluff that many music DVDs become. Excellent.
In Amerika is available on DVD or Blu-Ray and has the following tracks:
Disc 1 – Madison Square Garden
03 Waidmanns Heil
04 Keine Lust
05 Weisses Fleisch
06 Feuer Frei!
07 Wiener Blut
08 Frühling in Paris
09 Ich tu Dir weh
10 Du riechst so gut
12 Links 2 3 4
13 Du hast
17 Ich will
Disc 2 – Documentary
01 Rammstein In Amerika
02 Making of Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Jul 18: Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
Jul 19: Imperial – Vancouver, BC
Jul 20: Star Theater – Portland, OR
Jul 22: Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
Jul 23: The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Jul 24: Livewire – Phoenix, AZ
Jul 26: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Jul 27: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Jul 28: The Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
Jul 29: Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Jul 30: Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
Jul 31: The State Theater – Falls Church, VA
Aug 01: The Sinclair – Boston, MA
Aug 02: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 04: Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
Aug 05: Water St. Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Aug 06: Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
Aug 07: Mr. Small’s – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 08: House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Aug 09: Southgate House-Sanctuary – Newport, KY
Aug 11: Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Aug 12: The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
Aug 13: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 14: House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
Aug 15: Mill City Lights – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 16: The Granada – Lawrence, KS
Aug 17: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Aug 18: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 19: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
KMFDM has posted a trailer for their forthcoming live concert video We Are KMFDM, which was filmed on the last five stops of their 30th Anniversary tour in 2013. The DVD was shot by Punch Drunk Films. This is currently available On Demand here.
Over 50 hours of concert footage from over 40 camera angles – including body and guitar-worn GoPros – were used to create this frenetic deep-dive into a KMFDM show. Also included is 40-minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with each band member about the birth and life of KMFDM. Interview questions were crowdsourced from Facebook fans and offer a unique look into life on the road and in the studio with one of the forefathers of industrial rock.
01: Sucks Intro 0:00
02: Kunst 1:32
03: Amnesia 6:32
04: Ave Maria 11:34
05: Light 16:56
06: Pussy Riot 22:27
07: I Heart You 26:40
08: Free Your Hate 31:00
09: Potz Blitz 35:50
10: Tohuvabohu 42:20
11: Son Of A Gun 45:44
12: Rebels in Kontrol 50:18
13: Hau Ruck 54:54
14: Animal Out 1:00:24
15: Krank 1:05:31
16: A Drug Against War 1:10:50
17: DIY (encore) 1:16:03
18: Megalomaniac (encore) 1:21:00
19: Anarchy (encore, feat. CHANT) 1:25:30
En Esch, best known as the front man of industrial band KMFDM has launched his solo career. He has offered his new single ‘12345’, featuring Tim Skold on guitar (Marilyn Manson), for FREE download here. His new album SPÄNK! is due out next week from Distortion Productions.
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February 3rd 2015-Industrial music icon En Esch
Over the years, En Esch had been a part of many major super groups in the industrial genre including KMFDM, Pigface and his own band Slick Idiot. His larger than life persona has made his live performances a very memorable experience for fans worldwide. SPÄNK is the long awaited follow up to his previous solo record, Cheesy (1993). Esch enlisted the talents from different corners of electronic music for this album. Guest appearances by Tim Skold (KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, Skold), Guenter Schulz (Ex KMFDM, Slick Idiot), Jim Marcus (Die Warzau,Go Fight), More Machine Than Man, Trixy Reiss (Crystal Method) and many more give this album a varied and refreshing style. Spank! will be released on February 10th on Distortion Productions.
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