Rammstein
Herzeleid


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon Killip CONTRIBUTOR (144 Reviews)
June 27th, 2015 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Minus a few dated ideas, Rammstein's debut holds up very well with age.

Rammstein have had a fruitful twenty one year career of pyrotechnic fuelled, eyebrow burning live shows; six albums of controversially taboo subjected tracks that range from cannibalism, incest, necrophilia and the infamous Josef Fritzl case, it’s amazing to think a band like this could turn out to be one of the most successful foreign metal bands to have conquered the globe. But their appeal is not without reason, as everything from live shows to music videos and lyrics Rammstein have always stayed several steps ahead of the pack, and created stuff that keeps them both relevant and shows their work is as much Art as it is shock value.

As with any great journey, there is a starting point. Rammstein’s 1994 debut album Herzeleid has some of the ingredients found in their career peaking albums, but this is very much an LP of finding footing and sound. The industrial pops of the snare drum and metallic chugging tones of the guitars, lathered in the eccentric electronic samples Flake plays over it all, show the band at their rawest in terms of basic sound. The albums opener, Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? and Der Meister bring the fist pumping energy the band are well known for, while Du riechst so gut and Asche zu Asche bring the catchy choruses. But as with any band starting out there are some songs or sections in tracks that sound a bit out of place. Some of the album does show cracks of aging, while Seemann is a great soft song in its own right, it isn’t quite in keeping to what Rammstein normally do; the same can be said for a lot of the ideas put into Das alte Leid, with weird electronic samples of babies crying and a strange synth solo only highlight the tracks age, while Heirate mich features some awkward backing vocal ideas that don’t sound too great these days. But this is just nitpicking however, and every song on the album is at the very least enjoyable.

Overall though, minus some of the dated electronic parts and ideas that are littered in some tracks, this album has held up very well. Till’s voice isn’t quite as strong on this LP, but he still does a grand job throughout. The albums overall flow isn’t quite as streamlined or cohesive as future records, but every track - with the exception of title track, which plays a repetitive riff a little too much with no real payoff - brings some enjoyment to the table and is well worth checking out. If you’re into the band or industrial music in general this will be sure to entertain.



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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've decided to do a discog review to one of my favourite bands, starting with their debut.



As always, constructive criticism is welcome.

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun

Tunaboy45
June 27th 2015


15513 Comments


Great review mate, looking forward to the Mutter review too

LivingThrowaway
June 27th 2015


3348 Comments


Those dudes on the cover look like they mean business.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers buddy!



I'll do my best. ha

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, on a none-musical note: the artwork for this album is cheesey as hell. Same goes fro the music videos for it too.

Mesm277
June 27th 2015


598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. Always overlooked this album for some reason, which is odd considering I love Rammstein. This review has prompted me to check it out in full.



Side note: [i]Du riechst so gut[i/] - typo here ;)

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ha well spotted. Cheers bud.

someguest
June 27th 2015


28614 Comments


This is my favorite release from the band these days. I love the DOOM samples in the opener.

Supercoolguy64
June 27th 2015


8049 Comments


RIESHT SO GUUUUUUUUT

Digging: Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime

BigBlob
June 27th 2015


2761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RAMM

Supercoolguy64
June 27th 2015


8049 Comments


STEIN

BigBlob
June 27th 2015


2761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the rolling Rs Till does in that song m/

Supercoolguy64
June 27th 2015


8049 Comments


Till has the best voice ever

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The opener is probably my favourite song on here someguest

LepreCon
June 27th 2015


5419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a very good retrospective review. I generally prefer reviews that take an album as it is, as if we were back in 1995 and it had just been released rather than comparing it to what came after, judge an album on its own merits and all that. But in actuality for the most part you did just that and you are absolutely right that it has held up well over time. Have a pos.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Normally if I were reviewing this on it's own I would have probably done it as it was released, but since I'm going right across the discog it's going to play out like my Manson reviews. But I do agree with what you're saying. Cheers Leprecon.

KrazyKris
June 27th 2015


2749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, can't agree on the rating. But the review's good. Der Meister and Asche Zu Asche rock.



Also one of the most embarrassing covers ever.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2015


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers kris.

Supercoolguy64
June 27th 2015


8049 Comments


you mean the most manly and poetic covers ever?
their abs (well, most of theirs) represent their brutal outside look, but the giant flower represents their romantic and poetic hearts

BigBlob
June 27th 2015


2761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any album cover that got banned in america is good



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