KMFDM ‎– Symbols

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Wax Trax! Records ‎– TVT 7245-2, TVT Records ‎– TVT 7245-2
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1 Megalomaniac
Backing Vocals – Abby TravisGuitar – Günter SchulzLyrics By – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoMusic By – Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoVocals [English], Sequenced By, Programmed By, Programmed By [Loops] – Sascha KonietzkoVocals [German] – En Esch
6:07
2 Stray Bullet
Backing Vocals – Abby Travis, En EschGuitar – Günter SchulzGuitar [Slide], Percussion – En EschLyrics By – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoMusic By – Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoProgrammed By – Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoVocals, Sequenced By – Sascha Konietzko
5:31
3 Leid Und Elend
Guitar – Günter SchulzLyrics By – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoMusic By – Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoVocals – En EschVocals [Chorus], Sequenced By, Programmed By – Sascha Konietzko
6:09
4 Mercy
Backing Vocals – Abby TravisCymbal, Tambourine – En EschGuitar – Günter Schulz, Michel BassinLyrics By – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoMusic By – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoProgrammed By [Loops] – Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoSequenced By, Programmed By – Sascha KonietzkoVocals – En Esch, Sascha Konietzko
4:59
5 Torture
Backing Vocals – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoGuitar – Günter SchulzLyrics By – Kevin OgilvieMusic By – Sascha KonietzkoSequenced By, Programmed By – Sascha KonietzkoVocals – Ogre*
7:04
6 Spit Sperm
Backing Vocals – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoBass – Abby TravisCymbal, Guitar [Solo] – En EschDrums – William RieflinGuitar – Günter SchulzLyrics By, Vocals – Raymond WattsMusic By – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoSequenced By, Programmed By – Sascha Konietzko
4:46
7 Anarchy
Backing Vocals – Abby TravisGuitar – Günter Schulz, Michel BassinLyrics By – Tim SkoldMusic By – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha Konietzko, William RieflinPercussion – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Michel Bassin, Sascha Konietzko, William RieflinProgrammed By [Loops] – En Esch, William RieflinSequenced By – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoVocals – Tim Skold
5:34
8 Down And Out
Guitar – Günter Schulz, Michel BassinLyrics By – Abby Travis, En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoMusic By – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoPercussion – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoProgrammed By [Loops] – En EschSaxophone – Amy DenioSequenced By, Programmed By – En Esch, Sascha KonietzkoVocals – Abby Travis, En Esch, Sascha Konietzko
6:39
9 Unfit
Bass – Abby TravisGuitar – Günter Schulz, Michel BassinGuitar [Screwdriver] – En EschLyrics By – Raymond WattsMusic By – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha KonietzkoProgrammed By [Loops] – En Esch, Günter SchulzSequenced By, Programmed By – Sascha KonietzkoVocals – Raymond Watts
6:01
10 Waste
Backing Vocals – En Esch, Günter SchulzDrums – William RieflinGuitar – Günter SchulzLyrics By – Abby Travis, Sascha KonietzkoMusic By – En Esch, Günter Schulz, Sascha Konietzko, William RieflinPiano [Scratch] – En EschProgrammed By – Sascha KonietzkoProgrammed By [Loops], Sequenced By – En Esch, William RieflinVocals – Abby Travis, Sascha Konietzko
3:39

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Digipak

Initial Brainstorm Session @ Soundhouse, Seattle

Assembled & Tracked @ Luftschutzbunker, Seattle
Studio 10018, New York City
Edelweiss Tonbetriebe, Kelowna B.C.

Overdubbed & Mixed @ Studio X, Seattle

Mastered @ Sae Mastering, Phoenix
Total Time 56:34
℗ & © 1997 Wax Trax! Records, Inc.
Manufactured and distributed by TVT Records
www.waxtrax.com | http://www.kmfdm.net
The title "symbols" does not literally appear on the release, but is rather a paraphrased transcription of the five unpronounceable, non-alphabetic symbols that do. Also identified as such on the band's website.

Disc is an HDCD, though not mentioned on the packaging

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 16581 72452 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): [wea mfg. OLYPHANT Logo] X2782 4R TVT 7245-2 02 M1S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): [wea mfg. OLYPHANT Logo] X2782 4R TVT 7245-2 02 M1S3
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L902
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U1U
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U2U

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTVD-009 KMFDM Symbols(CD, Album) Rock Records RTVD-009 South Korea 1997 Sell This Version
TVT 7245 2 KMFDM Symbols(CD, Album, Unofficial) Wax Trax! Records (2), TVT Records (3) TVT 7245 2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MET487V KMFDM Symbols(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Metropolis MET487V US 2017 Sell This Version
MET487 KMFDM Symbols(CD, Album, RM) Союз MET487 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
TVT 7245-2P KMFDM Symbols(CD, Album, Promo) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7245-2P US 1997 Sell This Version

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jonnybexar

jonnybexar

July 13, 2018
edited 4 months ago
KMFDM's ninth studio album, and sadly the beginning of the end for them. Not a bad album by any means (easily still in their top five best), but not their former glory, such as Nihl, Xtort, or even Angst. People wanting fast and catchy singles will be happy with this one with tracks like Megalomaniac and Anarchy, but the album lacks the cohesiveness of their previous material, with some tracks just being throw a ways once again. The album has a few really good hidden gems, like "Waste" but then tracks like "down and out" just feel like they drag on and on, or fill space, but in the end it just feels like too many people are involved: too many to allow it to feel cohesive as a work, instead of a collection of random songs with a couple of big singles, even Sasha himself has been quoted as saying " I listened to the Symbols album and heard exactly why KMFDM broke up in the first place. It told me the story of what went wrong. There were maybe two (good) songs on that album and the others were just a bunch of compromising tug-of-wars. That was something I was not going to do again".
-MINDustry-

-MINDustry-

June 29, 2018

Their 3rd best album in the holy trinity of XTORT, Nihil, and Symbols. This album is fantastic. It combines Industrial Metal and Electro-Industrial like no other and is KMFDM in it's prime with the line up. Someone once said this album sounded like broken techno. You couldn't be more wrong if you tried. This album does it all.

The violence of Stray Bullet, the amazing Megalomaniac, and the absolute nihilism and brutality of "Waste" at the end are all standout moments in this album. Anarchy is also wonderfully written. Pretty much every track on this release is solid. If you don't own this album you aren't a true fan.
DJ_Wr3TCh3D

DJ_Wr3TCh3D

January 16, 2017

Finally. A 2xLP vinyl pressing due out in April via Metropolis.