Most people became Rammstein fans or checked into Rammstein after hearing the song “Du Hast” on the radio. That might be this German group’s biggest hit single, but there are several other very good songs on here, and the album as a whole is also very good. And honestly, who cares what “du hast” means? Let it mean whatever you want it to mean! Or just ignore the lyrics, and listen to that song because it’s catchy and has good music.
Rammstein have always been a solid and underrated/overlooked band, because most Americans can’t get past the language barrier. I’ll admit, I couldn’t either, at first, but then I started listening to it just for the music and I started to really like “Sehnsucht.”
“Sehnsucht” is the sound of industrial metal done right. Rammstein aren’t heavy on the synthesizers; they riff more than some industrial bands (i.e. Nine Inch Nails) would ever dream of. But, unlike some (other) metal bands, Rammstein actually have rhythm. The riffs aren’t dominating or super heavy; they make a “chugga chugga” sound, which often makes the rhythms worthy of a toe-tapping. And sprinkle on some keyboards and bells, and the result is an album which is truly worthy of the label “dance metal.”
The title track tosses in some beeping, buzzing synths in between the heavy chugging guitar riffs and thumping drums. There’s a good, mechanical vibe flowing throughout this song, and this song also has a catchy refrain.
“Engel” falls into a top-tapping groove, when the guitars and synths kick in, but this song is a personal favorite because it uses some pretty female vocals well.
The beginning and end of “Tier” sounds partially acoustic, and the middle has more fast, rhythmic chugging guitars.
“Bestrafe Mich” has riffs which are so chunky, they sound like slow buzzsaw riffs. A synth solo is included near the end, also.
“Du Hast” has the usual guitars and drum noise, but thanks to the twinkling synthesizers (at the beginning and near the end), this song might be the catchiest on the album.
“Buck Dich” features pounding, booming riffs which are great for banging your head to.
“Spiel Mit Mir” begins with high pitched vocals and even some violin plucking, and then the crunchy riffs kick in.
“Klavier” begins with some real singing and light, piano keys, but the big power chords and raised vocals make an appearance for the brooding choruses.
“Alter Mann” has more repetitive chugga-chugga guitar work, but the drums in the background make an almost aquatic sound.
“Eifersucht” features another very catchy rhythm, with grooving guitars. Most of the singing is deep and snarly, but there are some backing vocals which sound almost like laughter.
“Kuss Mich” is, musically, like any other track on here, but this song has some animated and almost funny sound effects.
The hidden track, “Stripped,” is sung in English, so it’s surprising. Plus, the vocals are slow (almost spoken words), so this song is also quite creepy.
So, it would be wise of you to get past the language barrier (or just listen to this C.D. for the music), because I’ve looked up the lyrics online and they’re not that great. Other than that, though, this C.D. is solid from front to black. All metal collections need some industrial metal, and Rammstein do this genre very well, so all metalheads (and all fans of dance metal and bands like KMFDM) should definitely check this album out!