1 In Front Of The Gates (5:09)
2 Crucified Thief (4:43)
3 Painspeech (6:01)
4 Reconciliation (5:12)
5 Gripped Illusion (7:08)
6 Agonyxin (3:54)
7 Confession (5:49)
8 Preparation (5:19)
9 Belief (2:55)
KIFOTH are celebrating their comeback with a completely new album. Signed to the new Electro Aggression Records/Vendetta-Music label group, this act can look back on a glorious past. Formed in 1993, mir Colon (vocals, lyrics, sampling and programming) and K-Head (composing, programming, sampling and acoustic performance) have started their career under the moniker KNEEL IN FRONT OF THE HANGMAN, they later renamed their music project into KNEEL IN FRONT OF THE EXECUTIONER. The abbreviation KIFOTH is therefore adapted from their first created band name, while KNEEL IN FRONT OF THE EXECUTIONER is still the valid term.
The first demo tape in 1995 entitled “First Time Public”, which is a recording of their first live performance in Bratislava. Nearly to the same time KIFOTH have recorded their first album “Civillizative Collapse”, which could grab some attention thanks to the help of the Crewzine mail order. But the best was yet to come and the year 1996 can be named as being one of the most important years in the career of KIFOTH. They could release their second demo “Ebola” and especially this tape caught euphoric reactions by the European press and audience. In 1999 KIFOTH could internationally release their first official CD “Spectaclebreakers” with the helping hand of the German giant Out Of Line. A tour together with HOCICO and CULTURE KULTUR followed and brought the.
The year 2001 then brought the second CD release on the Out Of Line label entitled “Fundamentum Divisionis”. After some further gigs and a horrible car accident by mir Colon it got silent around this band. First signs of a possible return was their remix work for GRANDCHAOS in the 2006 on the often mentioned “In Sedens” DCD set. The things have been worked out in the right direction, KIFOTH have signed a new contract to E.A.R./Vendetta-Music and the result is a new studio album nice packaged in a digi-pack and with more than 70 minutes of their musically dimension. KIFOTH offer like expected an energetic kind of EBM structures, combined with layered Dark Electro tunes and some slight integrated Techno influences (“Tyranny”).
They may can be count as being pretty well based into a kind of old-school EBM, although their outcome is more diverse. Tracks like “Proper Behaviour”, “Obsequious” or “Circle” are standing for the faster and danceable side of the band and can cause some dancefloor action. But the more representative works are their mid-tempo compositions, their at times a bit classic PUPPYan-influenced tracks like the opener “Icon”, “Enslaved” or “Leaving”. Another outstanding work is their creativity by building complex rhythm patterns and structures, just check the slow starting “The Wrath”, which later on turns into a galloping beast.
The floating of this album often gets interrupted when they like to present one of their more atmospheric works (“Malice Monument” or “The Fleece”), they also like to present some goodies out of past days with “Jezis Kristus”, which is a revamped version of a track taken from the Civillisative Collapse“. Also important to mention is the remix work of the Swedish act SEVERE ILLUSION on the track “Proper Behaviour”, which turns this piece into an attractive minimal EBM smasher. KIFOTH themselves have worked out a fine album as being their best work so far.