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For more than 25 years, Die Krupps have been influential frontrunners of cutting edge music. Their music has been called everything from post-punk, electro, EBM, crossover to industrial rock. With many internationally successful albums, Die Krupps have developed an unmistakable signature sound that is hard to categorize, but definitely meant to stay! Critics worldwide hail them alongside Kraftwerk and Einsturzende Neubauten as pioneers of Electronic and Industrial music. Other bands such as Nitzer Ebb, OOMPH!, and Depeche Mode have described Die Krupps as major influences in their own musical careers.

After industrial beginnings with the album Stahlwerksinfonie, Die Krupps’s single “Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn” (both Album and Single of the Week in the British NME) gave them a spot in the realm of EBM. The following albums Volle Kraft Voraus and the U.K. signed Entering the Arena created international interest in the band’s characteristic synthesis of hard electronics and highly danceable beats.

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After a three year break, international chart positions of a remake of their classic track “Wahre Arbeit, Wahrer Lohn”, now called “The Machineries of Joy”, in collaboration with Nitzer Ebb, found Die Krupps on the U.S. Billboard Dance Charts Top10, and marked the next chapter in the history of the band. They widened their musical spectrum by making a more metal inspired album entitled I featuring an aggressive vocal style and intense guitar riffs. The essential track “Metal Machine Music” was a slap in the face of conservative critics and listeners alike. The mini album, A Tribute to Metallica underlined this daring step, gaining the attention of Lars Ulrich, who helped to secure the band a deal in the U.S.A.

The highly successful albums II - The Final Option, The Final Remixes (which consisted of remixes of Die Krupps tracks by bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Clawfinger, Faith No More, Revolting Cocks and others), and the most successful album III - Odyssey Of The Mind, which sold close to 150,000 units, were again inspiration to many upcoming new bands, such as Rammstein, whose song “Tier” was a direct adaptation and tribute to Die Krupps “The Dawning Of Doom” from the album I. After several worldwide tours, and another chart-topping album, Paradise Now, the band decided to bring a temporary halt to its extraordinary career.

2005 marked the 25th anniversary of Die Krupps, which was reason enough for the two original members Engler and Dörper to prove to the rest of the world that Die Krupps are far from being dead. The reunited group played festivals across Europe and proved that their live shows are as energetic as ever. The audience’s response was overwhelming and proved that the band had not lost any ground during its absence.

A limited edition single with a new version of “Machineries of Joy” featuring Douglas McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb, and a cover version of Visage’s “The Anvil” with Client B of British electro outfit Client on vocals, was sold at the club tour of Europe, which followed in January and February of 2006. Sales were an average of 200 copies a night! This is where the next chapter in Die Krupps history begins.

On February 5th, 2008, Die Krupps’s album Too Much History was released on Metropolis Records. The album included fresh recordings from almost every album Die Krupps has released, and several bonus tracks including the new song “The Great Divide”, the previously unreleased “5 Millionen” and several collaborations with Client and Douglas McCarthy. As in “Germaniac” and “Fatherland,” Die Krupps have always showed their colors. The fighting spirit is unbroken.

DIE KRUPPS are back!


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