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All Artists: Kmfdm
Title: Xtort
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tvt
Original Release Date: 6/25/1996
Release Date: 6/25/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016581724228

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Desire is NOT an Occupation
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 02/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Ask NOT what you can do for your country. Ask what your country DID to you."

Here we are, with KMFDM "the player." They've kicked out quite a few hits that rocked the public by this time in their career, have established themselves as Dogma when it comes to industrial music, and they've done it with quality. By now they've perfected a sound that they want to go with as well, pushing themselves toward a heavier flow that is more politically-oriented, and they've gotten good at it. This falls in right after the powerhouse release Nihil, and following that up was a hard task to accomplish. Still, Xtort did it pretty well.

I'll go on record as saying that Xtort wasn't one of my favorites in the beginning because it lacked Raymond Watts, but that wore off after a while because the album is good. I actually like how Sasha changed up the vocals a bit on this, making them a little gruffer, and I like having Cheryl Wilson/ Dorona Alberti/ Nicole Blackman on board as a back-up vocalist. I also like the fact that these were the En Esch days and that Gunter Schulz was on board, making a solid stable of players. and, yes, Chris Connelly was present a little, as was Mark Durante and a few others. And then there was the album itself.

I really liked the spoken word rant of Dogma, because it was quality stuff. "We don't live, we just scratch on day to day with nothing but matchbooks and sarcasm in our pockets." Yeah. It has a nice beat, damn good vocals, and a great message that keeps the mind breathing. "Desire is not an occupation." Rules is an addictive song as well, because it has a nice beat that flows, quality construction, and a change-up in the vocal style that gives them a less refined style. Couple that with lyrical quality and you have a nice track. I also like Power, with the barrage of political sounds meshing well with the change-up in vocals, because it reminds me of a staple KMFDM song. Lead vocals, female chorus = great work. Blame is an odd track for KMFDM but its also catchy, with alot of KMFDM flavor and yet a little beat switch, and Son of a Gun also has to be noted because its probably the most widely-recognized track on the album.

Over-all the album is a change of pace for KMFDM, but it still continues with the style that it was getting going on Nihil. Its still driven, heavily-En Esch oriented in the guitar realm, and a nice treat when given some spinning time.
"Industrial Soundtrack to the Holy Wars!""
Great place to start
Z. Simon | Poway, California United States | 09/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Having been tentative about the band at first, only to eventually become a rabid collector, I understand how hard it is to recommend a starting point. This isn't my favorite album, but it offers the best mix of KMFDM's ever-changing but always driving marriage of humanism and egotism, action and pretention.

If you end up favoring the beat, look to ADIOS and MONEY.
If you end up favoring the ultra heavy, see WWIII and ANGST.

If you still aren't convinced, remember that if it seems corny it isn't an accident. If that fails, find how HAU RUCK provides the most perfectly blended sound to date."
Good follow up to a masterpiece
Brian Allen | Kansas, USA | 03/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"KMFDM's Nihil was and is one of the greatest albums ever, in any genre. Naturally, the band wanted to follow up with something similar, but like always they did things to make it feel new. It has more guests than any other KMFDM album, and that does a great deal to add to the variety. Yet, it still has the classic KMFDM feel. It's not quite as good as Nihil, but it's a worthy successor.

1. Power - 5/5
What we've come to expect of the band. Lyrically it's a reworking of the Excessive Force song Violent Peace, but musically it feels like a Juke Joint Jezebel part two, complete with the female vocals on the chorus.

2. Apathy - 5/5
Probably one of the heaviest songs KMFDM has done. Sounds a bit like Flesh, from Nihil, but with Sascha on vocals instead of Raymond.

3. Rules - 5/5
This one's a bit more laid back, and has Chris Connelly, of Ministry fame, on vocals.

4. Craze - 4/5
Another one with Connelly. Not quite as good as Rules, but still a good song.

5. Dogma - 5/5
A cool political song with spoken word artist Nicole Blackman on vocals. She seems to be a great lyricist, and they are the standout feature on this track.

6. Inane - 5/5
A classic kind of KMFDM song with a bunch of old lyrics inserted. Nostalgic for longtime fans; perhaps a bit annoying for newcomers. Luckily, this was the fourth album I purchased by them. It also features the album's only performance by En Esch on the guitar solo.

7. Blame - 5/5
The intro will throw you off thinking it's a ballad, but it ends up being a cool song with horns. I think Disobedience had better use of them, but it still sounds cool here. It has Connelly on vocals.

8. Son of a Gun - 4/5
Not one of my favorites, but it's still pretty good and the music video was pretty cool. Lyrics are kind of weak, though.

9. Ikons - 4/5
This is another song with Connelly. Again not one of my favorites, but it is another solid track.

10. Wrath - 5/5
The album ends on a high note. Probably the darkest track on the album.

11. Secret Track - 3/5
This isn't really part of the album, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. After a while on Wrath, Gunter Shulz will start playing piano, and some one starts telling some weird fairy story. It's a bit ammusing(it's a dark comedy about a fairy), but it wasn't really worth putting on the CD.

Overall, I'm torn between whether or not to give this 4 or 5 stars. As good as this album is, is Nihil is better, and this album could've used some help from Raymond Watts and En Esch(one guitar solo doesn't cut it). However the addition of Chris Connelly mostly makes up for the lack of Watts, and there's enough original stuff here to make it worth buying for any KMFDM fan. I'd give it a 4.5, if given the option."