The New Rammstein album. All the fans have been waiting for ages for the album to come out. But, finally: Here it is. Should we be happy; I would say: yes! Worth waiting for. Let’s start off with the review of the tracks. At first I would like to say that I also would go into the lyrics(luckily I master German), which are great! Very solid album, worth 4.5 stars.
The improved version of “Rammstein”(the track of Herzeleid). More aggresive, faster, sounding better and it “works” better. The intro is great and the lyrics show you that your waiting was not for nothing. “Wer wartet mit Besonnenheit; der wird belohnt am rechten Zeit. Nun das warten hat ein ende”(Who waits with composure, will be rewarded. Well, the waiting has come to an end). YOU as listener are rewarded for your patience. In the track they also mention that they are BACK! At the Bridge Till Lindemann is shouting out his “EIN RICHTUNG!!!” etc. verse; it sounds a bit like Hitler’s Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer, but I’m sure as heck that Rammstein did this intentionally: They WANT to be controversial, even though they are NOT nazis.
2. Ich Tu Dir Weh
I hurt you; I don’t feel sorry, it feels good to me, when you’re screaming! That’s essentially what the chorus says. It’s “funny”; so absurd; just great. The main riff is catchy as well as the whole song. One of my personal favorites of the album. It’s about someone who loves him; but he doesn’t love the other one. Actually the person Till sings about is being torture badly. “Bei dir hab ich die Wahl der Qual”; a nice word play. Usually in German it is “qual der wahl”(the problem of choice; which one to pick??), in this case it’s the other way around: which way should he choose in order to hurt the person in question. Anyway, back to the song itself: the production of this song is very solid; one of the tracks you would listen over and over again!
3. Waidmann’s Heil
A song about hunting in my opinion since “The Creature must die!”. It sounds a bit heroic and the beginning, coming to the riff, which is so good compared to Rosenrot for instance. Just a quick moment of reflection; if you would place this album into a time period I would place in the gap between Sehnsucht and Mutter(according to the style of music etc.). The song is solid with some nice drum accents and Flake with his keyboard.
Not a bad song, nor the best. It’s about sharks; crying into the sea. You can’t see the tears since they are in the water and it is the reason why the sea is salt. It’s quite an empty song, with a quite easy riff and some accents of Flake. The chorus is quite good with vocal back-up like we know from Rammstein(a bit like Morgenstern, but more on the background).
The word is basically made-up and it stands for nothing; just like Till says: “Don’t do it, Let it be, don’t touch it, just say no”, coming down to the same point. The song starts a bit “dark”. The riff is great with a good bass guitar and same dark piano accents. The chorus is wild and raw: GREAT, Rammstein like we used to know them! The chorus is backed up with great guitar intervention at the end. The bridge is also vocally very strong. The solid production comes forward once more.
6. Frühling in Paris
At first I thought that Rammstein would nick the “Springtime in Paris” rhythm of the Jazz song, but no. An unplugged intro. The lyrics are in French and German. The main thing he(Till) says is that he doesn’t feel sorry for anything. Personally I think this is the weakest track of the whole album. I don’t want to spend much of my words to this song because I like to move on the good tracks!
7. Wiener Blut
Blood of Vienna basically. It’s about the story of a young girl, trapped under the house of a certain Austrian guy(Jozef Fritzl). The lyrics are truly with a double bottom. It’s sound all great(love nest beneath the house etc.), but the chorus reveals the true nature of the song: “Welcome to the darkness, the solitude and the sadness; for eternity. Welcome to reality!”. The song is built up great. With an intro of: Come with me to my castle into my basement of love etc.. Then the song starts off properly, showing the reality of the story. Pure musical strength in my opinion; being able to mix everything together and expressing the correct feelings with the music, the way they intended it, and the way it should be.
It’s not just a bad song, with a vulgar music video. It HAS a message. It’s about people getting out of the country to have cheap sex in countries like Thailand etc. Mercedes Benz, the freeway. “Driving abroad on my own, travel travel, driving pleasure. I just want to have fun, I don’t wanna fall in love. Just a little bit, be my little b*tch”. The text is ironic as well; I can’t get laid in Germany. Some double bottom lines like: lightning war with the flesh gun, stick my sausage in your sauerkraut and so on! You can see that this is the single. It’s maybe the most accessible track of the album and the lyrical content is not that hard(a lot of chorus).
9. Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Love is there for all. The album title track. Not the best track in my opinion. The chorus is good though. The lyrics are quite confusing. Love is there for all; not for me, but later on he says the opposite. It might be that he’s telling stories from different perspectives. The music is less good than the rest of the album, the normal riff doesn’t go like an oiled machine. The guitar solo is typical Rammstein.
More! To me this sounds like the culture of grabbing everything there is to grab, even when it has no use. This song is inspired on the global economic crisis, so I think. The song is built up like it should be. Intro, drums and the “violence” rolls on! Quite a good song.
11. Roter Sand
Red Sand. It starts of with someone whistling. When you’ve heard it once, you’ll whistle it yourself. Then some dark guitar tunes pop up. It’s a love story with a dramatic end. They both had guns(Two pistols, two rounds), but one pulled quicker, one died, the other one survived(It’s deep in my chest). The song is great in his simplicity. The song just expresses the correct feelings once again. It just fits all together somehow. Just great!
And now… CD 1 has ended, but luckily you’ve bought the DLX version, so you will be rewarded even more. 5 More tracks await you. At first, a quick review of disc one. Solid, the old Rammstein seems to be back. Even Rammstein themselves call it a comeback. This album is the one that will make Rosenrot dissapear. With all due respect, the album Rosenrot was just made up from album take-outs of Reise Reise and some other recordings that didn’t make it to an album. The normal version is worth buying but the 2 disc version(for just a couple of bucks more) is even worth more. With a nice booklet and deluxe cardboard package(which works quite complicated though; you have to practice how to fold it back).
Now disc two; five more tracks. Führe mich(Lead me) is first. It starts of mysteriously dark again. This really is a good track with some subtle details and a really (vocally) good chorus. Some “opera” features are in it as well. Donaukinder comes next(this track has some dark lyrics as well. Missing kids, a river, rats satisfied with food, poisoned water springs…this suggests that something happened to those kids(probably decomposing) at the Donau river; but like the chorus says: “where are they? Nobody knows what has happened here” ), also a good track which will give you the feeling you want more. This truly sounds like Rammstein from the days of wayback somehow. Halt is up next; sounds dark(again!), good track once again. Good chorus and again (sorry for mentioning this over and over again) sounds like the old Rammstein! The Roter Sand orchestra version is not very different from the normal version and could be more differing in order to make it better in my opinion. Still, it is a good track. Last one; Liese. Starts of with the whistling theme again. Has the same intro as Roter Sand(Orchestra) but with different lyrics. Also good, good vocal work!
Concluding to this; if you are only slightly interested or “made warm” for this album, do NOT hesitate to buy it; because it will be worth your money. This album can be played over and over again without getting boring. The only drawbacks are Frühling in Paris and the fact that the second disc only contains 5 tracks. For the rest of it: Great. Four and a half stars: ****+
RAMMSTEIN IST WIEDER ZURÜCK!
Tom from the Netherlands