KMFDM on Halloween night? That's heaven on earth for many industrial-rock fans. Two years after releasing the furious "World War III," KMFDM...

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KMFDM on Halloween night? That’s heaven on earth for many industrial-rock fans.

Two years after releasing the furious “World War III,” KMFDM is back. In typical, over-the-top fashion, the band has released not one but two recordings: the full-length “Hau Ruck” and EP “Ruck Zuck.”

The band started in Germany, came to the U.S. and eventually landed in Seattle, where singer-leader Sascha Konietzko (also known as Kapt’n K) has lived for the past decade.

He’ll be back in his Queen Anne home, shortly after a show Halloween night at Neumos closes a KMFDM tour.

Eager to get his tour bus headed north and west, Konietzko did a phone interview from Phoenix on Monday night:

Q: You were raised in Germany — what was Halloween like there?

A: There was no such thing … except Catholics would gather in prayer to ward off evil spirits. But I was brought up atheist, I was never involved in a church. I was told, “You can grow your hair out and take drugs but never go to church.”

Q: Now that you’ve been in the U.S. for so long (16 years), is it always Halloween, being in KMFDM?

A: I don’t know, I’m not too fond of it. I hate when they paint their faces and dress up as clowns.

I never dress up, just my combat boots and fatigues … It started in my childhood, I really hated clowns. Then it transgressed and I hate all costumes. I was never into bands like KISS.

Q: What’s the scariest thing about living in Seattle?

A: The drivers.

Q: Who or what is haunting you?

A: My former bandmates. (I say that with a large smile.) … They’re looking at me for handouts. That’s what haunts me.

Q: Which would you rather be and why: Frankenstein, Wolfman, Count Dracula or Donald Rumsfeld?

A: I think Donald Rumsfeld. He gets the women.

Q: What do “Hau Ruck” and “Ruck Zuck” mean?

A: “Heave Ho” and “Right Now.” Both were recorded in Seattle home studios in Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Fremont.

Q: On a typical tour, how many “undead” people do you meet?

A: We turn into zombies at a rate of about three a week on this tour bus. I think the driver is the only one not dead. I think I was probably one of the first to go. On a tour bus with 12 people and a driver, the first one gets a cold then everyone gets it, then it mutates and it’s everywhere …

Elsewhere in club land

You’ll find some clubs are celebrating the freaky holiday on Halloween proper, others on Saturday night. Other tricksters and their highly promising treats:

The Crystal Method, hometown DJ monster Donald Glaude and a gang of other spinners join forces for USC’s annual “Freaknight” at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.) tonight. Doors open at 9, tickets are $40-$50, open to 18 and older. More info at

Wizzard Of Wor, the Kept and the Hacks play a rowdy Halloween party at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Funhouse ($5).

A Gun That Shoots Knives, Wallpaper and other local bands jam Devo songs 9 p.m. Tuesday at Chop Suey ($5).

Goodness, the Rockfords and other bands play Queen songs for a “HalloQueen” show 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunset Tavern ($10).

• The master speed-metal-punksters Zeke and Old Man Smithers rock out Halloween at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fremont’s High Dive ($6).

Tom Scanlon: