Rammstein
Rosenrot


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2009 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rammstein's foray into experimenting with their sound produces excellent results...

At first glance, ntoed industrial stomp-metallers Rammstein seem to have gone soft. Whereas their early releases featured insane techno-driven beats and monolithic walls of guitar, added with a few touches of strings and Till's expressive voice. Until Mutter, they kept this formula intact; and as their fans soaked up the sound of Metallica meets Kraftwerk and a bunch of other things, they decided to throw their fans for a loop. Reise, Reise was still a monolithic slab of industrial metal; but the techno influences were dropping and being replaced by a more atmospheric and symphonic touch to the music: not as if they were Nightwish, but the addition of female vocals (Moskau) and overdriven balladry (Ohne Dich) seemed to indicate a new sound.

Rosenrot is composed of mostly B-sides from Reise, Reise, and the funny thing is, this develops that more atmospheric and experimental side of the music; yet it doesn't suffer the expected drop in quality. A few tracks still recall the Mutter-era Rammstein, as the pyromania anthem "Benzin" attests, and Mann Gegen Mann's classic homosexual lyrics ("SCHWULAH") make the album instantly recognisable as a Rammstein disc. But some songs are definite curveballs: "Ein Lied" draws on a mournful guitar melody and quiet ambient vocals to drive its melancholy point home, and "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" opts for a guitar jangle instead of a power chord crunch. And then in come English(!)-sung lyrics, just to make the whole thing one of the most unconventional Rammstein tracks to be ever released.

When Rammstein aren't fiddling with other languages (Stirb Nicht Vor Mir, Te Quiero Puta!) or odd trumpets over sexual lyrics (again, Te Quiero Puta!) they careen off into more artistic directions. Rosenrot and Hilf Mir seem literature-based songs (the later drawing on Der Struwwelpeter), continuing the tradition of the song Dalai Lama (which was based on Goethe's Erlkonig), which show a depth and clarity to the lyrics Rammstein didn't expose on for example Sehnsucht (where you could read every line as a metaphor for either fingering, anal sex, incest, paedophilia, or just weird fetishes). Their morbid humour returns here as well with the incomprehensible Zerstoeren, which recounts a tale of destruction and the meeting of a blind girl who dies. And last but not least, the theme of unrequited love returns in the form of "Feuer and Wasser", which is severely romantic but entirely creepy at the same time.

However, the band's biggest musical triumph is probably Spring, which combines their morbid sense of humour with an anthem about unintentional suicide, mass peer pressure, set atop droning bass lines, distorted guitars, and Lindemann's aggressive wail. As Till sings "Spring / Enttäusch mich nicht" (Jump / Don't disappoint me) you are almost granted with the vision of a young, distraught man on the top of a bridge. It ends with Till, the narrator himself, forcefully kicking him off the ledge; only Rammstein would be that cruel, and only Rammstein would make a song like that work. The depressive, mournful atmosphere just adds another layer of drama to the song, as if this were the cherry on some blackened soul's birthday (or should I say deathday?) pie.

This may sound different for a fan that copulates to the crunching blasts of "Du Hast". But the atmospheric Rammstein produces an evolution possible in a band that was expected to be a one-trick pony; instead, they took their formula and added more on to it which shows that the depth and intelligence of this band, despite their image, is far beyond what the masses of unassuming parents will attest. This Rammstein album has something deeper to it, something to delve into; though it requires knowledge of their native German, this bonus element to the already awesome music (nothing here, except Ein Lied and Stirb Nicht Vor Mir, is below par) makes the album an exhilarating experience for any longtime fan. A recommended pick for anyone into the genre.



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Altmer
May 22nd 2009


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album rules. I don't care about the naysayers, this is one of my favourite Rammstein discs.

rasputin
May 22nd 2009


14555 Comments


mann gegen mann is a good track

ninjuice
May 22nd 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rosenrot, oh Rosenrot
Tiefe Wasser sind nicht still
/the great stuff.

Mann Gegen Mann is one of my favorite Rammstein songs ever.

jingledeath
May 22nd 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah but the video is really disturbing

AtavanHalen
May 22nd 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Average album is...fill in the dots, y'all

ninjuice
May 22nd 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah but the video is really disturbing

Yeah same with Mein Teil but it doesn't ruin the songs at all for me.
I've been a bit harsh on this....Spring and Don't Die Before I Do are pretty good. Te Quiero Puta! is good too. *changes rating*

rasputin
May 22nd 2009


14555 Comments


it's a solid 3

ninjuice
May 22nd 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Glad to see we agree Rasputin.

Poet
May 22nd 2009


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah but the video is really disturbing

That's why you don't watch or think about the video when listening to the song.

ThusSpokeZarathustra
May 22nd 2009


293 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I remember seeing the ‘Du Hast’ music video being played back on muchmusic when I was like 12 or 13. Needless to say I ran out and bought Sehnsucht right away and was quite impressed. Tastes change over time but I have given each Rammstein a fair listen upon release and to me this ends up just sounding tired.

Phantom
May 22nd 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ah, the video for Mann Gegen Mann...haha.

This is a decent album from what I remember, Benzin is solid. Nice review.

Dethtrasher
May 22nd 2009


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh album, I do like one song from this album but I can't remember which one. Mutter is the greatest album imo. Nice review nonetheless.

Chewie
May 22nd 2009


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

RAMMSHTEEEIN

Chewie
May 22nd 2009


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

and ya, Muttter wipes the floor with this, Te Quiera Puta is sweet though.

Baphomet
May 22nd 2009


7364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of curse Mutter wipes the floor with this, derek; it's Rammstein's best album, and though I love this band,I doubt they will ever put up a better album.

Rosenrot (song) is great though

Baphomet
May 22nd 2009


7364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh and Altmer, are you german?

Chewie
May 22nd 2009


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no, isn't it scandenavian?

ninjuice
May 22nd 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No, he's Dutch if I remember correctly.

And Reise, Reise is their best. Mutter is close behind though.

Wizard
May 24th 2009


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rammstein's foray into experimenting with their sound produces excellent results...

Besides the atmospheric touches, I think your summary is a little misleading. They more or less just streamlined everything and made it sound a little less like clunky industrial and more hard rock. Other then that, you captured the feel of this album well (especially the lyrics). Review was excellent as per usual.

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Mendigo
May 24th 2009


2299 Comments


I strongly dislike the band. don't plan on ever listening to this one as their other albums sucked and the one song I've heard from this one (Benzin I think) didn't get me interested either.



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