Rammstein
Sehnsucht


4.5
superb

Review

by Psyclone USER (15 Reviews)
September 24th, 2006 | 118 replies | 34,612 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great, hard-hitting album. You can see why this band is classified as "Dance Metal" with this album. Overall, a very fun listen. The review basically evaluates all the instruments individually.

3 of 6 thought this review was well written

Not many people will forget the tragedy that occurred August 28, 1988 - the day that the infamous Ramstein airshow accident occurred. On this day, three jets collided in midair while pulling off a “pierced heart” formation, one jet crashing directly into the spectators below. Around 70 were killed, and almost 350 needed medical treatment.

Not only did these six men from Germany remember the accident, they decided to make a band named after it. Rammstein was created in 1994 in Germany, and kicked off their career with the 1995 release Herzeleid. Everything went uphill following that. They’ve become the most successful German-language band throughout the world, and have released five full-length albums and two live albums. Sehnsucht is their second release.

What’s good about Rammstein is that the German lyrics really add onto the mood the band tries to capture. The music isn’t upbeat and happy. This is metal after all, and metal usually has a dark, creepy mood. Till’s vocals are fantastic on this album. His dark singing really goes well with the instrumentation put on by the rest of the band. When he really falters though is on the hidden track Stripped. It is for obvious reasons though, as it’s an English song done by a vocalist whose native tongue is German, and his most notable mispronunciation is on the word “the” (which emerges as “duh” with his accent). Another song where Till is somewhat weak is in the ballad Klaiver. Since the song is a ballad, it wouldn’t be good at all is Till were to “speak” the lyrics like he typically does. Maybe it’s because I’m not a fan of ballads, or maybe it’s because Till’s voice isn’t the greatest for ballad work, but the vocals on Klavier aren’t fantastic.

While Till is great throughout the album, with the exception of those two songs, what really shines in Sehsucht is the work put on by Richard and Paul. The driving, signature guitar work put on by these two is just awesome. Each riff is catchy and intense. Unlike the vocals however, they don’t capture the mood of each song. That’s up to Till, like stated before. Richard and Paul don’t capture the mood. Instead, they create it. Nearly every song starts out with one of the famous Rammstein riffs. Guitar work is at its finest in the single Du Hast. Being a single, you’d expect the guitar work to be very good. Even though the riff is simple, it’s just awesome. It’s motivational, hard-hitting, and very well fitting. Other songs where Richard and Paul stand out are Tier, Sehnsucht, and Būck Dich.

What makes Rammstein different from many other metal bands, other than their German lyrics, is their electronica introductions, which I believe are pulled off by the keyboardist Flake. The effects are superb in the song Eifersucht, with the echoed synth played over the guitars in the chorus, with Till chanting the song title. The effect also supports the dark mood of the song, since the synth rises after each echo, and in the beginning it fades into the song. However, the special effects absolutely kill the song Kūss Mich, with a weird kind of sound clip taken from Tom & Jerry or some kid’s show that uses that kind of silly humour. It’s off-tune, doesn’t blend with the mood, and I can’t even imagine what it could possibly represent. Other songs that stand out with their electronica effects are Alter Mann, Sehnsucht, and Stripped.

The drumming on Sehnsucht is actually very good if given a good listen. They don’t get as much attention as the rest of the band, but they manage to keep a great beat and blend in perfectly with the music. It really stands outs in Eifersucht, making extremely good use of the cymbals and snare, which both give the song a good industrial feel. What makes the drumming in this song so effective is the fact that the snare is echoed. It gives the music a good ambience. Drumming is also well done in Klaiver and Alter Mann.

The problem with the album is that bass is virtually unheard. The bass would add so much to the overall sound of the album, but instead, Rammstein misses that opportunity to improve their sound. Also, the hidden track Stripped has somewhat weak lyrics and vocals, but Till can’t really help it, since he has a German accent. Overall, Sehnsucht is a very addicting album, but definitely not for everybody – only metal fans. Enjoy.

Recommended Tracks
Sehnsucht
Du Hast
Buck Dich
Eifersucht



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bicepman4000
September 24th 2006



246 Comments


What's with the date of the airshow accident. I remember a crash this year, but I think you are thalking about one earlier, especially since they apparantly named thair band after it

Psyclone
September 24th 2006



432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got the wrong year. Sorry about that. Let me change it.

Psyclone
September 24th 2006



432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There. As far as I know, Rammstein is named after the 1988 incident.

With Decay
September 24th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't believe you didn't put Tier as a recommended track. You have no soul. >.<

In fact I find that most of this album is quality Rammstein.This Message Edited On 09.24.06

Psyclone
September 24th 2006



432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh crap I forgot Tier.

Recommeded Track I Was Stupid Enough To Forget
Tier
There.

bicepman4000
September 24th 2006



246 Comments


ha ha. Good review for a good album. Not sure I'd give it 4.5 though, maybe a 3.5-4. I'll think about it

"Freshly Baked"
September 25th 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd give it a 3.5/5

and "Dance Metal"? I have never heard that.

smokersdieyounger
September 25th 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its not dance metal, its industrial influenced metal

Altmer
September 25th 2006



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dancemetal is a literal translation of Tanzmetal, which is how Rammstein classify themselves.

So there.

Sehnsucht is actually their worst album in my opinion, it's not as good as the really techno Herzeleid, nor does it has the atmosphericality of the later albums.

And you fail to mention Kuss Mich (Fellfrosch) which is actually the best song on the album in my honest opinion.

Psyclone
September 25th 2006



432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought that sound effect killed it. If that wasn't there, it would be a much better song IMO.

Jimmy
September 25th 2006



717 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think this album is strictly average. No real stand out tracks, but enough solid tracks to help make up for the bad ones.

RottedFlesh
September 25th 2006



213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought Engel was brilliant...but Mutter completely surpasses this album.

Zesty Mordant
October 17th 2006



1196 Comments


call it bias, but whenever I hear Rammstein all I can see in my head is German ppl marching.


deemo
October 17th 2006



2 Comments


FYI... Stripped is a cover of the Depeche Mode song, hence the english and hence the bad lyrics.

RottedFlesh
October 17th 2006



213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya...I c marching too when i listen to Sonne and Reise Reise Reise...but not so much on this album...couple weeks since my last comment on this album...I still like Mutter more.This Message Edited On 10.17.06

RussianSage777
June 16th 2007



5 Comments


This is my least favorite of Rammstein's albums primarily fromt the excessively overrated "Du Hast" and because of some of the "themes" in songs such as "Kuss Mich" generally don't impress me that much as ones such as "Ohne Dich".

Omnisonic
December 12th 2007



117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is the best Rammstein album. It has the best mix of raw, heavier, industrial-esque stuff mixed with a good amount of melodic influence.

MasterSan
February 14th 2008



113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best. Rammstein. Album... so far.

I actually think their cover of "Stripped" is better than the synthy and lame original.

MediocreAtBest
February 14th 2008



1473 Comments


The only Rammstein song I've heard is Du Hast and some crappy newer single. Du Hast rules hard tho.

Hawks
May 24th 2008



33352 Comments


Really, really bad.



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