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Rammstein
Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da
Vagrant Records
www.rammstein.de


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.

-Melissa Skrbic-Huss

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