I would find it pretty hard to believe that any metalhead alive to day wouldn’t know who Germany’s Industrial metal legends Rammstein are, they are currently at their peak doing stadium shows and absolutely nailing them too. They are renowned for their controversial messages and videos regarding sex but more importantly they’re renowned for that amazing live show full of fire and craziness everytime they come around. The guys got together in 1994 which gives them thus far an impressive 25 year career with this being their 7th full length studio album.
“Deutschland” kicks us off with a softer feeling tone but with that trademark industrial twang and the implication of danger, great rammstein materiel. “Radio” starts us off like the soundtrack to the Heavy Machinery level on the first Crash Bandicoot game but with more distortion and of course those almost whispered harsh vocals which is a pretty cool sort of sound. “ZEIG DICH” opens up with group operatic vocals one might associate with the dramatic scenes depicted in films and horror movies. “AUSLANDER” I thought was going to be a chart dance track at first and that kind of vibe continues throughout the track, but Lindermann’s vocals just give it a very different twist because he just sounds creepy and sinister, like some sort of goth rave track. “TATTOO” is the kind of track I was expecting along the likes of “ICH WILL” and “SONNE” for that crunchy riff.
I mean I can’t see other than “DEUTSCHLAND” there being any long standing classics like “FEUER FREI!” or “DU HAST”, the album is a good one but I mean it was too slow for me I wasn’t really feeling it as much as I have their older stuff. I’m glad for new music but I don’t know, I think their past material is their own worst enemy to them at this point.
Review by James Webb