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KMFDM WWIII Tour 2003

Sanctuary // 2003 // 125 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // July 27th, 2004

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All Rise...

Judge Brett Cullum wants to be your juke joint Jezebel.

The Charge

Stronger than Never/ Ever before/ KMFDM is a drug against war!

The Case

So what exactly does KMFDM mean? For the uninitiated or German challenged here ya go…
Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid
(which loosely translated means: no pity for the majority)

KMFDM was formed by a quartet of Germans, in Paris circa 1984. They became famous for their one word album titles and hand drawn covers. They growled in German over industrial beats, and made sexy dangerous politically mindful music! 2004 marks the band's 20 year anniversary, and Sanctuary records has prepared both a DVD and a CD of their limited US tour, in support of WWIII. The DVD compiles footage from a variety of shows, rehearsals, and tour bus antics to make a two-hour presentation of KMFDM live. The band itself was always a loose collective of industrial artists with Sascha K being the sole original member left 20 years later. This tour and DVD's lineup features Sascha sporting a blonde Mohawk, Lucia Cifarelli providing girl power from Seattle, Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway, Raymond Watts , and Steve White. They sound great live. If industrial Goth is your bag, you'll eat this disc up! You may know them from their biggest hit "Juke Joint Jezebel" which was featured in the movie MORTAL KOMBAT! Casual fans will be stupefied at how much material is here. Rabid fans will be glued to their televisions for hours!

You get 13 live performances of the following songs…

• WWIII
• From Here on Out
• Blackball
• Brute
• Stars and Stripes
• Pity for the Pious
• Moron
• Revenge
• Bullets Bombs and Bigotry
• Light
• Juke Joint Jezebel
• A Drug Against War
• …and an Intro

Extras are quite mind-boggling, including a tribute to fans, interviews with each band and crew member, three music videos for Skurk/Ultra/Stars and Stripes, tour photos, fan photos, journals, lyrics, a wild west concert sequence, and a video of the band going WHALE WATCHING…yes, I said whale watching! Not to mention interactive links to web sites, a press kit, and fully interactive Brute style menus!

By the end of it all you'll feel like you were on the tour, and you know everyone personally! Sascha is the serious one being all German and political, Raymond is an English ham, and Lucia is the sexy one who favors a pleather unitard covered in flames for her concert appearances. The documentary footage all looks like excerpts from a Gothic version of Spinal Tap! It's really fun. A plastic spoon gets attacked, costumes are questioned, and some members freak out as they fly to see the whales! They also visit several truckstops and SHOP! The tour bus gets searched at Disneyland and Sascha begins saying "MAUS HEIL!"

But you came for the concert…right? It's well photographed! And the sound mix is pretty dang flawless, even if it is only in a 2.0 mix. You get lots of pleather, black, cigarettes, strobes, and tattoos! Like any concert it can get pretty dark in places, but this was filmed with loving care. It's the safest way to see KMFDM—no mosh pits in your own living room! Well…maybe. For a heavy beat band, the mix is clean and the vocals are right upfront in the mix. 20 years have really helped them learn how to put on a show, and make it work. You get to see the crowds too—which are as colorful as the band. Or not as colorful—it's a sea of black clad Goth kids getting their groove on to some PsychoBilly!

I would say if you are a fan of KMFDM or Industrial Goth this is a no-brainer. If you're unsure of or unfamiliar with the band, this is a good starting place. But if tattoos, black, pleather, cigarettes, and German lyrics turn you off, then veer away and check out Britney's "In The Zone" collection.

WWIII is free to go, and Sanctuary records deserves a special nod for giving fans what they want! Goths rejoice! This one's for you and all your vampire-loving friends. Hell yeah!

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 95

Perp Profile

Studio: Sanctuary
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Release Year: 2003
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Concerts and Musicals
• Documentary
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• Music videos
• After show and backstage footage
• Interviews with band and crew
• Tour Photos
• Fan Photos
• Journals from band and crew
• Horde Fan Club Footage
• Wild West Concert Intro Sequence
• WWIII Studio Footage
• Whale Watching with KMFDM
• Lyrics
• Website
• E-cards

Accomplices

• Official Site
• Sanctuary Records








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