Blitz (album)

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Blitz
Studio album by KMFDM
Released March 24, 2009
Genre Industrial rock, electro-industrial
Length 52:26
Label Metropolis Records/KMFDM Records
Producer KMFDM
KMFDM chronology
Tohuvabohu
(2007)
Blitz
(2009)
WTF?!
(2011)

Blitz is German industrial rock group KMFDM's sixteenth studio album, released on March 24, 2009, on KMFDM Records and Metropolis Records. It also marks the first use of five letter song titles and a five letter album title since WWIII. The album charted after its release, as did the song "People of the Lie". Blitz had songs written in three different languages, and was moderately well received by critics. Most of its songs were remixed for the band's next release, Krieg.

Background[edit]

The symbol used for the first track, Up Uranus.svg, is a variation of the astronomical symbol for the planet Uranus, Astronomical symbol of Uranus. Sascha Konietzko, the band's founder, mentions the lyrics "Up Uranus" in his blog,[1] and at the place of the symbol in lyrics, "up Uranus" is sung. "Bait and Switch" contains lyrics from "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". The lyrics for "Davai" are Russian, while the lyrics for "Potz Blitz!" are German.

Release[edit]

Blitz was released on March 24, 2009. It was on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums Chart for four weeks, and peaked at No. 9.[2] It reached No. 1 on the CMJ Loud Rock Select chart[3] and No. 15 on the FMQB Metal Detector chart. "People of the Lie" reached No. 1 for three weeks on CMJ's Loud Rock Select Tracks chart.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [4]
PopMatters 5/10 stars [5]
ReGen Magazine 4.5/5 stars [6]
Sputnikmusic 3/4 stars [7]

Blitz received mixed to positive reviews.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Up Uranus.svg (Up Uranus)"   Sascha Konietzko 4:04
2. "Bait & Switch"   Lucia Cifarelli, Konietzko 5:56
3. "Davai"   Konietzko 4:30
4. "Never Say Never"   Cifarelli, Jules Hodgson, Konietzko 4:19
5. "Potz Blitz!"   Hodgson, Konietzko 4:23
6. "People of the Lie"   Cifarelli, Konietzko 4:53
7. "Being Boiled" (The Human League cover) Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, Philip Oakey 4:07
8. "Strut"   Cifarelli, Konietzko, Andy Selway 5:30
9. "Bitches"   Konietzko 4:23
10. "Me & My Gun"   Cifarelli, Konietzko 3:30
11. "Take'm Out"   Konietzko 6:51
Total length:
52:26

Personnel[edit]

All information from 2009 liner notes.[8]

Musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Brute! – cover art
  • Justin Gammon – layout
  • Kirk Edward Mitchell – photography
  • Vibrent Management – post production coordination

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaptain's Korner". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ "KMFDM Dance/Electronic Albums Chart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Madison, Tjames (June 22, 2009). "KMFDM Prepares to 'Blitz' US Stages". SoundSpike. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeffries, David (March 24, 2009). "Blitz Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ Schiller, Mike. "KMFDM: Blitz". PopMatters. Popmatters.com. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Spencer, Trey (March 25, 2009). "KMFDM - Blitz (staff review)". Sputnukmusic. Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Blitz (CD booklet). KMFDM. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Metropolis Records. 2009. 

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