The last time I heard anything from Rammstein was in the late
90's when I was in high school wearing all black, painting my face
white, and making studs an accessory. At the time I listened to anything
that sounded remotely like Nine Inch Nails, Helmet,
or KMFDM and was introduced to Rammstein when Trent Reznor
used two songs for the Lost Highway soundtrack (David Lynch
even directed the video for the song "Rammstein"), and then
their Grammy nominated album, Sehnsucht, was released and in
major rotation on the airwaves. Their sound was a mix of industrial
and trash metal, which couldn't be ignored by your typical mid-western
American male teen.
I was never a huge fan of the band (and even questioned their beliefs
when rumors that most of their songs were about incest and doing things
to children that should never be done). So needless to say, it was
a surprise to hear that they were still around, with the same band
members and producing the same music (kinda).
Liebe Ist Für Alle Da, released in 2009 on Vagrant Records,
is a mix of both their old sound and what I would imagine German power
house ballads would sound like (It is almost a little frightening
and I am not really sure how to take them). In general, the album
reminds me of my "better years" and brings a smile to my
face with the memories I had while listening to Sehnsucht.
But I still am not a huge fan and not sure if I would listen to any
of the songs on high rotation.
The best part of this album is actually the cover artwork and CD
jacket. I love the twist of Dutch Renaissance and would love to learn
who the artist is?
Songs to check out:
"Waidmanns Heil" - Reminds me of the Rammstein that I used
know and like with their masculine and harsh tones.
"Haifisch" - The beat is catchy, but does not sound anything
like I remember.
And not so much:
"Pussy" - There is a reason why you can't get laid in German
when producing lyrics like this.
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