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NEWS: PROJECT .44 Tap Original KMFDM Multi-Instrumentalist EN ESCH for Remix EP, Out Today

July 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Longtime friends PROJECT .44 and original KMFDM multi-instrumentalist En Esch have teamed up again (the first was in acting role as Esch starred in PROJECT .44's 2007 video "I") to bring a menacing new track that echoes the classic sounds of its players. What happens when you take the voice of all of those great KMFDM songs (Esch), the guitar from those legendary Ministry tunes (Svitek) and the bass from those Thrill Kill Kult dance hits (Levi)? You get "Murder Weapon" - the new track on an EP being dubbed project .44 vs. En Esch.


The EP features a studio mix of the song and three remixes: a dance floor stomper by En Eschthat harkens back to KMFDM's classic mainstay "Godlike", PROJECT .44's tribal percussion assault on the tune, and NYC's Panic Lift (Metropolis Records), giving it a chilled out, spooky vibe. The physical version also includes a remix of the track "Chicago", which will be on the band's upcoming full-length release (download here). The EP was recorded at Tribeca and Sviteknology Studios in Chicago, engineered by Louis Svitek and T. Castillo, and mastered by Wade Alin.


When asked, PROJECT .44 founder, Harri5 stated, "There was this song that just needed En Esch's voice on it, and when you hear it, you'll know why!"


Order "Murder Weapon" here via iTunesAmazon or stream via Spotify.This song is a prelude to the forthcoming PROJECT .44 album (the storm before) reform and the recently released Trash Chic (Distortion Productions) by En Esch.


In celebration of the release, PROJECT .44 will perform with 3 Teeth tonight at Reggie's Rock House in Chicago, IL. Doors are at 7:00pm and tickets are $15. The show is 17+. For more information, visit:


project .44 vs. En Esch EP line-up:

  • Chri5 Harri5: Vox, Programming, Keys
  • Louis Svitek: Guitar
  • Charles Levi: Bass
  • Ken Pillar: Drums
  • MTL: Percussion
  • En Esch: Vox, Additional Programing


About PROJECT .44: Firmly established within the niches of CMJ/New York, TOG/Austin, Gothstock/Hartford and many more live music showcases, as well as solid radio play from Chicago's Rebel Radio (hard rock/metal) and Q101 (alternative), along with numerous college stations and podcasts worldwide, PROJECT .44 has the genre melding sound that is heavy enough to be metal and different enough to be alternative. As Q101 DJ/Program Director James Van Osde put it, "it's aggressive, it's electronic's just plain good!" Hailing from the industrial/tek-metal capital of Chicago, where pioneers like Ministry paved the way for more recent grads like Static-X, PROJECT .44 continues the tradition of Chicago's knack for mixing pulverizing guitar licks with catchy dance beats. It is the forging experience that Louis Svitek (Ministry) provides when laying down the tracks that the band transfers to the stage explicitly and explosively. PROJECT .44 's 'chaotic' live show is a direct derivative of the aggressive nature of their music in which no spectator has seen before. Two hard pounding percussionists flanked by players who attack their instruments, each other and whatever else is around. Their impressive stage show has garnered them slots on tours with Thrill Kill Kult, Pigface, Lords of Acidand many more taking them all across the USA from LA to NYC and back again.


About En Esch: En Esch, born near Frankfurt / Main, has lived and worked in Hamburg, Chicago, New Orleans, NYC, Los Angeles and currently Berlin. The classically trained percussionist is best known for his distinctive vocals and charismatic stage performances. He is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, programmer and composer and has enjoyed success with KMFDM and the diverse ensemble Pigface since the early 90s. End of the 80s, En Esch and the electro-industrial outfit KMFDM moved to the US. A tour supporting the band Ministry was the starting point for their stunning career. Featuring bands like Rammstein as opening acts, KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound. En Esch composed, recorded and co-produced on the first 10 albums and multiple singles of KMFDM including hits like: "More'n'Faster", "Godlike" and "Juke Joint Jezebel". En Esch & KMFDM also appear on various soundtracks of Hollywood movies like: Hideaway, Johnny Memonic, Mortal Combat, Bad Boys etc.


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