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DIE KRUPPS - New Album Out In August, European Tour Dates Announced

German electro/industrial/metal visionaries and legends Die Krupps will release on 28th August a brand new album entitled V - Metal Machine Music through Steamhammer/Oblivion/SPV. Mastermind Jürgen Engler is a visionary who has had a lasting influence on the music landscape for decades. In the late 1970s, he was among the first German punk rockers with his band Male and took Campino on tour with him before Die Toten Hosen were even founded. In the eighties, he formed Die Krupps, who went on – together with his congenial partner Ralf Dörper, who has also co-penned countless lyrics since "Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn" – to be a driving force of the industrial and EBM movements. When this scene was taken over by the mainstream in the nineties, the group from Düsseldorf integrated tough thrash guitars into their sound and became, along with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, the most important source of inspiration in the electro metal genre and also influenced numerous bands of the Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness).
It is this successful phase (keywords: “Fatherland”, “To The Hilt”) which Die Krupps bring back to life with their latest release, V – Metal Machine Music, taking up where their IV – Paradise Now album (which was not numbered at the time of its release) had left off, following their fairly electro machine-heavy The Machinists Of Joy recording which saw the light of day less than two years ago.
The title Metal Machine Music has appeared before in the Die Krupps discography: once on their same-named maxi single with Accu§er and once on the 1981-1991 compilation, which featured the title’s German version. Jürgen Engler doesn’t mind: "The title is so succinct that the new album just had to be called Metal Machine Music! The name stands for the ultimate symbiosis of electro and metal, the way I’ve always had it in mind." The artwork with its apocalyptic man-machine theme, reminiscent of “Mad Max”, is a perfect complement. No doubt about it – this albums sees Die Krupps not only follow in the footsteps of their successful electro metal phase of the mid-nineties, it also sees them go even further in terms of sheer toughness. Tracklist and cover artwork are below.
The band is also starting an extensive European tour this September, supported by Red Paintings and Janosch Moldau, so be sure to check out the dates and watch the tour trailer. Link

V - Metal Machine Music tracklist:
01. Die Verdammten (Prelude)
02. Kaltes Herz
03. Battle Extreme
04. Fly Martyrs Fly
05. The Truth
06. Road Rage Warrior
07. Vampire Strikes Back
08. Alive In A Glass Cage
09. Branded
10. Kaos Reigns
11. The Red Line
12. Bonded By Blood
13. Volle Kraft voraus

Die Krupps - Euro Tour 2015:
02.09 NIEUWE NOR - HEERLEN (NL)
03.09 ATAK - ENSCHEDE (NL)
04.09 NCN FESTIVAL - LEIPZIG (DE)
05.09 IN EXTREMO JUBILAUM - ST. GOARSHAUSEN (DE)
06.09 FZW - DORTMUND (DE)
08.09 NACHTLEBEN - FRANKFURT (DE)
09.09 FEIERWERK - MUNCHEN (DE)
10.09 SEDEL - LUZERN (CH)
11.09 FREAKOUT - BOLOGNA (IT)
12.09 MMC - BRATISLAVA (SK)
13.09 SZENE - WIEN (A)
15.09 DIVAN DU MONDE - PARIS (FR)
16.09 GARAGE - LONDON (UK)
17.09 KUFA - KREFELD (DE)
18.09 TANZRITUAL FESTIVAL - NEUNKIRCHEN (DE)
19.09 K17 - BERLIN (DE)
20.09 PROGRESJA - WARSAW (PL)
21.09 LUCERNA MUSIC HALL - PRAG (CZ)
22.09 BABEL - MALMO (SE)
23.09 DEBASER MEDIS - STOCKHOLM (SE)
25.09 NOSTURI - HELSINKI (FIN)
26.09 KLUBI - TAMPERE (FIN)
29.09 MELKEFABRIKKEN - SARPSBORG (NO)
30.09 KNUST - HAMBURG (DE)