Rammstein
Reise, Reise


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
April 29th, 2007 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Rammstein was always a band that centred around polarity and controversiality. With many critics accusing them of being Neo-nazis due to the sound of their music: aggressive, thumping and electronically-influenced, and many murderers quoting their musical influences as Rammstein, the band was under heavy fire from officials. Their live antics also ended them in jail for a couple days (see also under "sodomy incidents.") They wrote a song called Links 2 3 4 as a riposte to that, a blasting, militaristic piece that describes how their heart beat on the left rather than the right.

It is this same grit, anger, and heaviness that can be found on Reise, Reise. While the overtly obvious Techno influences have been shed in favour of a more atmospheric and melodic sound, the band nevertheless still mucks about with downtuned riffs which blitzkrieg their way around the speakers, Till's ridiculous bass vocals, and beautiful keyboard effects to enhance the atmosphere. All the elements are present to make a good Rammstein record.

And it makes a good one. Mr. Lindemann is on excellent form, vocally as well as lyrically, he shows he has mastered the craft of singing. Till has a booming voice that conveys melody and sadness as well as raw aggression. He can use his voice in a lot of different styles without having to resort to grunting, which is an achievement in itself, and on top of that his lyrics are hilarious sometimes. Amerika is a tongue-in-cheek political satire on, you guessed it, American consumerism, with some English vocal lines thrown in for good measure.

Mein Teil is most guilty of being totally messed up however. Discussing the Armin Meiwes case (a convicted cannibal), it humorously parodies the sentiments of the cannibal towards his victim. The accompanying videoclip was so odd that the German media dubbed the whole thing the "Kannibalensong", yet even despite its controversiality it managed to gain airplay; just not when little kiddies are around. Rammstein simply isn't the band you give to your 8 year old son to listen to. It wouldn't surprise me if he ended up being a bloody killer.

Despite the political and messed up overtones, Rammstein also have a definite poetic side, with the song Dalai Lama being based on the story of the Erlkönig by Goethe I think, and Ohne Dich is a power ballad in the vein of Nebel that is just really, really, well, sad. Ohne Dich is a testament to the fact that everyone who thinks this band is merely about Brutality has got it completely wrong; Rammstein, indeed, despite their image have more facets to their music, and the ridiculously beautiful Ohne Dich underlines that.

So, do you have to get this record? Well, Mutter is a better place to start for Rammstein, as it combines both their later melodic and their earlier techno influences to the max, but this record is an excellent one nonetheless. I still listen to Rammstein occasionally, and it was the band that got me into metal, and this album is for a longtime fan a quite pleasant experience. Just don't pay attention to the parts of their lyrics that gross you out, you just gotta make sure the band doesn't eat your stomach.



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sgrevs
April 29th 2007


698 Comments


Great review, pretty good album. Keine Lust owns. Lindemann has an incredible voice, I'd give anything to be able to sing like that.This Message Edited On 04.29.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 29th 2007


3709 Comments


Good review. I know a few people who like this band, but I never really felt the need to listen to them, tbh.

Sound
April 29th 2007


3902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review, but could have maybe described one or two more songs. oh well. Compared to their others this record, has one massive wall of sound.

Favorite Tracks: Keine Lust, Moskau, Stein um Stein and Mein Teil (the ending is awesome)



Wizard
April 29th 2007


19448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Once again, another great review from Holland! I found that newer Rammstein is alot better than their old stuff. Just my two cents!

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Altmer
April 29th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favourites off this are Dalai Lama, Reise Reise, Morgenstern, Stein Um Stein and Ohne Dich.

OpenDoorLeia
April 13th 2010


72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album took a while to get into, but now I can't stop listening to it.
Good review but I agree with what Sound said.

GothicCatchyBallad
June 29th 2011


133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favorites are: 'Amerika', 'Moskau' and 'Ohne Dich'...


"Ohne dich kann ich mehr sein
Mit dir bin ich allein..."

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011


21971 Comments


Title track still gives me shivers when the chorus comes in

Darkvoid67
July 15th 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mein Teil is awesome. If a bit ****ed up in its inspiration

SCREAMorphine
July 31st 2011


1754 Comments


Mein Teil is really fun to play live
Plus it's the only song I can really listen to from Rammstein

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2012


1881 Comments


Probably their best album, either this or 'Mutter'. This album however has a little more variety in its sound.

deathofasalesman
March 25th 2012


5847 Comments


Downloading this now for nostalgic purposes.

BigBlob
August 27th 2012


1660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

REISE REISE!!!

johnnydeking29
August 27th 2012


9145 Comments


ICH HAB' KEINE LUST

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BigBlob
August 27th 2012


1660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NEIN!!! ICH HAB' KEINE LUST

someguest
February 7th 2013


20683 Comments


We're all living in Amerika!

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BigPleb
March 16th 2013


36740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MIR IST KALLLLLT

DominionMM1
March 16th 2013


9997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DENN DU BIST WAS DU ISST

johnnydeking29
March 16th 2013


9145 Comments


^that line is cute

oltnabrick
March 16th 2013


30916 Comments


german lyrics, feel me?

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