=== Lets Get Started - How did I discover them? ===
Rammstein, one of the more unexplainable loves of my life, I listen to this Industrial Metal band, whenever I can, wherever I can, I really can't get enough of them.
It all began when I was probably 10 or 11, my brother would always listen to a big variety of bands, and he would save all of his bands music on our shared family computer, and I would always listen to the bands, and one day I found Rammstein.. and I am so happy that I did.
=== Why Do You Say They One Of The Most Creative? ===
Although I could not understand them, and still can't, their harmonies and melodies are just insane! the way they draw you in is so amazing, they really do prove that you do not need the vocals of Freddie Mercury, Till Lindemann the lead singer has found a way to use his deep and aggressive voice to the best he possibly can, his vocal melodies are some of the best I have ever heard.
They say the keyboard player Christian Lorenz is said to be the brains behind the band, the genius, and his use of the keyboard and the sounds he chooses really do contribute massively to their sound, I could not explain it to you better than if you listened to any of their tracks.
--- the ability to produce emotion without understanding it ---
They cover so much ground in terms of different approaches to choice of songs, I mean if you listened to one of their more emotional songs, such as Mutter, a song about a test tube baby who wants revenge on his mother for not letting him be a natural and normal human, you really do feel the emotion in Till's voice, and he wrote the song to reflect on his relationship with his own mother.
Another example would be Amour, which is French for love, this song explains the struggles of love and everything that comes with it, how it can tear you apart, how it can seem inviting and that you will be happy, but it will just be a trap, and destroy you, again, you can hear the emotion behind it, the use of Till's voice and the music accompanying it, is so unique.
--- The ability to produce a song that makes you want to throw your fist high in the air ---
You then have other songs such as Meinland, which makes you want to mosh around, like any other good metal song that has been done correctly! Till has a great way of making his voice so gruff and aggressive in Rammstein's songs, which again lines up so well with the rest of the music! But of course we are talking about creativity? Rammstein has made tons of videos, and i can honestly say the only one I have seen that makes no sense to me, is Keine Lust, which is just all of the members bar Christian, being shown as fat men.
I shall take Mutter's video as an example.
--- MUTTER, A CREATIVE MASTERPIECE ---
In this video, it matches the meaning of the song well, I explained that it is about the test tube baby, well in the video, there is a big, muscley man, this man is trapped in a pit in the ground, with steel bars stopping him from escaping, but he does not act like a normal person would, he still acts like a baby who is scared, curious and confused almost all of the time.
his movements are very unbalanced, resembling a toddlers inability to walk perfectly, you can also see the fear in his eyes, I think this is to show that he is lost without his parents, he is also seen to be sucking his thumb, which is something that every baby/toddler does as we all know.
on some scenes you can see him screaming, which is not in the song, this would be the frustration of not knowing where he is or what he is doing, another scene shows him grabbing water which is in a stone bowl, after he takes it, he sort of puts his bottom lip over his top lip, another movement that a young human would do, but last of all, you see him sleeping in a foetus position, and then poking a dead bird, the bird I would say is resembling curiosity, or maybe boredom.
I think this video is a masterpiece and captures everything the song explains and has that emotional roller coaster feel that you would want to run alongside any emotional song!
--- LIVE SHOWS ---
Last year I went to Download 2013 at Donnington Park, and Rammstein were one of the head-liners, playing on the last day and being the closing act. I had not really looked in to Rammsteins live performances at all, and I was so glad that I had not done so, as this was going to be one of the greatest nights I'll ever have experienced!
as I was stood waiting for Rammstein to begin, they opened with a song named "Ich Tu Dir Weh" and as soon as their cover came down, everything took off, fire shot in to the air and Till Lindemann was stood on top of a a platform that slowly came down to the stage, with those fireworks that look like large sparklers.
That already was astounding to me! later on in the show there was flame throwers coming from the guitars, their mouths and they even set a band member on fire!
but the biggest park for me was when Til grabbed what looked like a huge crossbow! it fired flares into the air, and when they did that, fireworks shot from the stage in to the big TV screen for the audience at the back of the arena, and when that happened, more fireworks fired right back to the main stage and blew up, throwing fire down to the stage and lighting fire all along the front of the stage right in front of the band!
I had no words at the time to explain what I had witnessed, but it has put them into my "One Of The Best Bands Of All Time" List!
Till Lindemann ===== | VOCALS |
Richard Z. Kruspe === | LEAD GUITAR |
Paul Landers ====== | RHYTHM GUITAR |
Ollie Riedel ======= | BASS GUITAR |
Christian Lorenz === | KEYBOARD |
Christoph Schneider = | DRUMS |
I hope you have enjoyed my review and please do check out Rammstein if you have not already!
Last night I was lucky enough to see Rammstein play a gig down in Dublin. They have been on my 'concerts I must see' list for a few years. Everyone raves about how amazing they are as a live act, and I was not disappointed.
For those who don't know, Rammstein are a German industrial metal band who were formed in Berlin in 1994. They have released 6 albums to date, and have sold over 15 million records worldwide. This is quite an achievement considering that the vast majority of their output is sung in their native tongue. The band has 6 members - Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (guitar), Paul H. Landers (guitar), Oliver "Ollie" Riedel (bass), Christoph "Doom" Schneider (drums) and Christian "Flake" Lorenz (keyboards). Their line-up has remained unchanged since they formed.
The band are well known for putting on spectacular live shows. Their current 'Made in Germany' tour is no exception. They walked onto the main stage via a large bridge that spanned across the crowd, marching with flags to the tune of a foreboding-sounding instrumental track. The main stage had an industrial, factory kind of look.
Once onstage, they launched into Sonne, one of the main singles from their 2001 Mutter album, which is one of their best known. Their vocalist Till is a qualified pyrotechnician, and indeed the pyro used was like nothing I have ever seen at a gig. Flames blasted from the stage floor in time with the music - we were 3 rows from the back on the balcony seats and we could feel the heat from the flames, so I have no idea how boiling the people who were closer must have felt!
Other musical highlights included the song Rammstein and a great selection of songs from Mutter (eg. Ich will and Mein Herz brennt); and also from the albums Sehnsucht (eg. Du Hast and Engel) and Reise, Reise (eg. Amerika and Keine Lust). It's fair to say that there is not much diversity when it comes to Rammstein's music; they very much seem to have a formula and don't seem to have changed their style of music over the years - but I really could not care less. They are brilliant. Du Hast in particular is probably the band's best known song, and it was somewhat... 'odd' to stand in an arena with thousands of people, arms aloft, chanting along in German!
The band also had a smaller stage at the back of the arena - about halfway through, they crossed the bridge to get to this stage to play a few songs. Oh, I should add they crossed the bridge on their hands and knees, chained up, with Flake whipping them. We couldn't see the small stage because we were up on the balcony and therefore the smaller stage was beneath us. This means we did not get to see the typical performance the band put on for the song Buck Dich. This performance consists of keyboardist Flake bending over, and pretending to be sodomised by Till... who has a prosthetic penis which squirts liquid out all over the crowd. Subtle? Not so much - you don't go to a Rammstein gig for subtlety! The band got in trouble for this in the US in 1999 I believe, which led Till and Flake to spend a night in prison.
Flake also crowd-surfed in a dinghy during the gig, and during the song Mein Teil, sat inside a huge cooking pot while Till shot flames at him. This aspect shows the band's wicked sense of humour, as Mein Teil is a song about Armin Meiwes, 'the Rotenburg Cannibal'.
Remember I mentioned the prosthetic penis? Well, this was upstaged during the song Pussy (which is famed for having a VERY sexually explicit video) when Till sat astride a huge mechanical penis which shot out white foam. So not only were the people at the front roasted alive, they also got to take part in a massive foam party. Would some people be offended by this? I guess so - but then those types of people probably wouldn't be at a German metal concert. It's all in good fun; very tongue in cheek.
The final song was Engel, which saw Till wear a huge pair of angel's wings which were on fire. It looked stunning, and it was the perfect end to an absolutely mind-blowing gig.
Being a metal band, Rammstein's music is not for everyone; however I would say this was not merely a concert - it was theatre, and you would not need to know any songs to be thoroughly entertained by this band's performance. It was ridiculously loud, fun, and the band hardly paused for breath between songs before launching into the next stompingly awesome track. Mutter and Ohne Dich were the only slower tracks played.
I am hoping that Rammstein tour the UK/Ireland again very soon, because I don't think I could see them live only once. They are too loud, too insane, too good.
This has got to be one of the most epic bands of all time. Formed in 1994 Rammestein have gone from strength to strength and currently have released 6 official albums.
For those unfamiliar with Rammstein they are a heavy metal band from German and as such sing mostly in German. Their style of music is mostly described as "German industrial metal" although the tag "heavy metal" fits them just fine.
Their music is so epic and emotive that it has been used as backing tracks for countless adverts and movie scores and has made them appear in person during the opening scene of the movie xXx as Vin diesel does his usual brand of action filled chased scene.
The most impressive and noticeable thing about Rammstein is their stage act which is filled with pyrotechnics. The lead singer has a PhD on the subject and doesn't fail to impress the audience with his skills. During a show viewers can expect to see thousands of pounds worth of explosions on stage making them wonder how the band haven't all burned to death so far.
I whole heartedly recommend seeing this band to anyone who wants to have a fun night out that they will be talking to their friends about for weeks to come. The only downside is due to their new global popularity tickets have risen massively in price to anywhere between £50 and £200.
As I got into metal, which was around 2002, my first main passion for the genre was Slipknot. To be honest, I soon came to realise that they were quite manufactured with all their advertising and hype and they were more for 18 year olds with teen angst. I was in a nightclub, drunk as usual and this funky tune came on the speakers. It was Du Hast. I asked my friends what the name of the song was and they told me. I soon went out and bought the album the song was on and then then the rest is history. They are an acquired taste as obviously, not everyone wants to listen to a band sing in a language they don't know but once you get past that, you may begin to love that raw metal sound the first album, Herzeleid, has and their awesome guitar riffs. Who can forget the booming voice of Till Lindemann?
Rammstein were my first gig back in 2005 at Brixton in London and I soon saw Maiden afterward and Rammstein blew them away, at least in terms of a live act.
Perhaps I were spoiled by all the fireworks and pyrotechnics but Rammstein always go that extra bit further for their fans when playing live.
A great band that's worth giving a try even if you don't think it's right for you....you may just be surprised.
Rammstein are a german metal band who sing songs in german however appeals to us fellow englishmen. They are weird in some ways and they have a huge fascination with fire. Having said this they have produced some excellent songs such as sonne, links 234 and mutter. rammstein have been in a movie. Their song feuer frei has featured in the blockbuster movie XxX. Rammstein are underestimated and just because they sing in german does not mean we cannot appreciate their music. That said many germans do not like rammstein as they have had an affect rather like eminem has had in england. So when you walk into a music shop next dont walk past the rammstein cds stop and pick one up. Trust me you will like it.
OK... let's clear one thing up. Rammstein DONT SING IN ENGLISH. This means you can replace Slipknot in your kids' music collection with Rammstein, because Rammstein is better, and unlike Slipknot, they aren't intent on converting your kids to some suicide-pact cult. Rammstein DONT SWEAR. OK, maybe they do in German, but your kids won't be able to tell. If your kids walk around school singing "Ich Will, ich liebe und hunderzehn" (or whatever), they ain't gonna get detention... ...If, like some people I know, you walk around singing "f**k you, f**k you", you'll find yourself in trouble! In short, Rammstein. Great for kids.
Now what is there to say about Rammstein that can fill the space required to put my opinion? Well for a start they (even though I can only understand parts of their songs) have come out with good songs like du haust, kuss mich and mutter. They come out with great vids which you can see on the vid that came with Kerrang and few weeks before I wrote this. They are from Germany and have a very funny if not a bit of a weird sence of humour. By this I mean like on the family values toor the lead singer got another person of the band to bend over infront of him and he pretended to f**k him from behind and after a minute wipped out a fake plastic d**k that started to spirt out white liquid for atleast 15 minutes!