Tohuvabohu (album)

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ReleasedAugust 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
RecordedNovember 2006 – 2007
Label Metropolis Records/KMFDM Records
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Tohuvabohu is industrial rock group KMFDM's fourteenth studio album, released on August 21, 2007, on the band's record label KMFDM Records and Metropolis Records. It was recorded in Seattle, Washington.


The word "tohuvabohu" is derived from the biblical Hebrew phrase "tohu va bohu", meaning "without form and void" or "chaos and utter confusion", which was used to describe the state of the earth before creation. [2] [3] The band describes its usage of the term as meaning "wild and chaotic". [4] "Superpower" uses samples taken from phone calls made by fans to a phone line set up by the band. [5] Additional samples from these phone calls were compiled on the track "What We Do For You" on Brimborium , a companion remix album.

Cover art conflict

Shortly after the cover artwork for Tohuvabohu was revealed on the KMFDM website, longtime cover artist Brute! made a posting to his personal blog indicating his displeasure at the fact that the band had altered his original artwork submission. In the final version used on the album, in order to follow preexisting themes, the original red color palette had been switched to orange, and several stylized buildings and cranes in the background had been replaced with a starburst pattern. [6]

Track listing

All tracks are written by KMFDM, unless otherwise noted

2."Looking for Strange"5:18
4."I Am What I Am"4:52
5."Saft und Kraft"4:36
7."Los Niños del Parque" (Liaisons Dangereuses cover)3:58
8."Not in My Name"4:50
9."Spit or Swallow"4:11
10."Fait Accompli"5:05
Total length:51:09


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