November 14, 2005


3 out of 5 stars
People have got it all wrong. Heavy metal is nothing to be afraid of. Ok, it’s not as cool as Razorlight, it’s not as happening as UK hip-hop but it can be good for the odd laugh. It doesn’t (often) get tangled up in political pretence, it’s simple, it’s dumb and it can be a bloody good night out.
But German metal? No, certainly not a good idea. Then came Rammstein, possibly the campest men of their build and famed for such mastery of language as ‘Ich Will’ or ‘Wo bist du?’ Not exactly endearing images.
Yet their latest album ‘Rosenrot’ is, to a minor extent worth celebrating. Despite preconceptions of Rammstein being something 14 year old baggy trousered rascals listen to there is genuine worth in exploring for the music lover. For a start you’re unlikely to hear such a strangely listenable album this year (well, by a German metal band anyway) and who wouldn’t be enthralled by an album which boasts Rammstein’s ‘most romantic song yet’; the loathsome ‘Wo Bist Du?’.
Although changing direction to a slightly more rhythm driven sound Rammstein are essentially the same band; dirty guitars, seedy vocals and a theatrical camp-ness to both the music and the image. The almost hypnotic pulse of title track ‘Rosenrot’ is somewhat intimidating and one can almost picture a 1930s news reel of Nazi Germany. The evocative nature of this record is somewhat limited, mainly due to the language barrier but none the less ‘Rosenrot‘, is an impressive album it must be said.
Whilst not being the deepest record of the century it is a bit of light hearted fun and makes for what can be certainly be described as ‘interesting’ listening. Basically this record is for the open minded, if you can handle the out pourings of Germany’s campest band set to semi industrial beats this is for you. If you can’t what are you reading this for?

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