Genre: Rammstein 😉
Release date: 17th of May
Released via Universal Music Group
Cover artwork © Universal Music Group 2019
Rammstein is Germany’s biggest music-export since the Scorpions. Founded in 1994 in Berlin, Rammstein have released six albums until today. In May 2019, it was time for their seventh album. Their last studio album release was “Liebe ist für alle da” (Love is for everyone) from 2009. A decade for a new release, that is a long time, isn’t it? After a decade we get 11 new songs with 46 minutes of new music. The band still sounds like Rammstein, nothing new here, but I think that is no surprise. Hard-hitting, simple drums, (Cristoph Schneider) in combination with bass (Oliver Riedel) and very straight guitar riffs (Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe.) The keys (Christian Lorenz) add several layers of sound, and, of course, the voice of singer Till Lindemann. Even the effects on his voice are the same as always. So – there isn’t anything new?
After the first listening, there was only one song that was really special to me. In “Puppe” (Puppet) Till uses a complete different voice in the refrain than the one we usually know. It takes quite a time for the build-up towards the refrain, but it’s worth it. It sounds like a horror movie. Love this one. One of the pre-released tracks was “Radio”. I liked the keys in this song, because they hit this Kraftwerk-feeling in the refrain, which fits to the track perfectly. “Diamant” is a short ballad played on a clean – maybe even acoustic – guitar with real good lyrics. Somebody is compared to a diamond’s beauty, but in the end a diamond is just another stone. Like this one as well.
Of course, Rammstein are playing with their image, and do what they have to do. “Deutschland” (Germany) is one of these tracks, but “Ausländer” (Foreigner), “Sex” and “Zeig Dich” (Show yourself) do the same. You read the title and you can already hear the voices of the totally shocked people who never ever listen to one of the songs entirely. If they did so, they would be shocked about “Tattoo” as well, which is the most typical Rammstein song on the album, I think. The last track “Hallomann” starts with a nice bass-line, which is the base of the slow song. Not sure if we hear a tabbed guitar-solo or if this is a key-solo. Could be both. But I’m sure that there will be talking about this song as well, because of it’s lyrics.
After listening to it for a few times now, I must say that most of the songs aren’t that special. Each of them could be placed on one of the other releases since “Mutter” and nobody would guess it’s wrong. In the end, except of one song, everything has been there in the band’s sound or music before. So it’s nothing more than another Rammstein album to me.
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As usual, we added the two favorite tracks to our Transcended Review Playlist