Rammstein
Mutter


5.0
classic

Review

by Simon STAFF
July 2nd, 2015 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mutter manages to hone in on ideas from previous releases and create a sound that they will use for years to come.

After two albums and countless tours, Rammstein were finally gaining some decent momentum; the single releases from Sechnsucht, right through to media attention for their controversial antics and word-of-mouth eventually got the wheels moving. But it was in 2001 that, unbeknown to them, Rammstein would create the most important album of their career; not just because it would open them to mass exposure, but because it would make them the first foreign metal band in history to break out into the mainstream using their native tongue. At the time, bands like Scorpion, Europe and Kreator’s had the mentality that singing and writing in English was their only hope to having any success outside of their own country; Rammstein are the rare exception that stuck to their guns and had it payoff. Of course, it was the bands ability to write songs that were both accessible and heavy that would captivate millions; and the collection of songs found on Mutter are proof that music can transcend language barriers if done properly.

For those that have heard Rammstein up to this point, you’ll notice Mutter has a distinct feeling and musical maturity to it when compared to previous releases. Having shifted the band’s techno influences to an industrial sound for Sehnsucht, Mutter takes another sonic shift to a more “heavy metal” sound; the album has industrial influences, but they tend to slither around the album, rather than sit firm in the bands core sound. The albums opener, “Mein Herz brennt”, showcases all the new ideas the band have implemented on the album: orchestral undertones, meaty guitars, a fat drum sound, as opposed to the industrial pops of previous works, and Till’s voice has a firm grasp on control: ranging from shouts and whispers, to his solid hooky-melodies. The production used is also a masterstroke. Everything on the album sounds absolutely massive, but it never compromises it from sounding crystal clear; songs like “Sonne”, “Ich will” and “Feuer frei!” will tear your face off, but it won’t stop anyone from enjoying all the contagiously catchy choruses.

You can see why Mutter is held in such high regard among fans. The bands abilities to write solid, catchy and heavy songs have grown tremendously since their debut. The balance and variation of heavy and soft tracks is very well thought out, too – with so many standout moments that will appeal to old and new Rammstein fans: the count up to ten before the stadium shattering riff that kicks in to “Sonne” or the epic climax of “Mutter”; there are so many great moments that will stay with you long after listening. Songs range from the adrenaline fuel “Zwitter” and “Adios” to the slow epics of closing track “Nebel” and the title track – with hard-hitters like “Links 2-3-4” and “Feuer frei!” that will deny even the smallest thoughts of the album holding any monotony.

Overall, this is one of Rammstein’s finest LP’s to date. Lyrically it’s one of the bands strongest efforts, ranging from debunking the Nazism rumour to bank robbers doing a heist, in attempt to gain global notoriety – which is basically Rammstein poking at “no publicity is bad publicity. There are plenty of interesting themes and topics that you can spend ages trying to decipher. And musically this is the album the band found a sound they can pocket themselves into for future releases. If you’re a fan of the metal genre, you owe it to yourself to spin this at least once.

Essential.



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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2015


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Discog review number 3.



As always constructive criticism welcome.

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RadicalEd
July 2nd 2015


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Rammstein sucks. Your reviews are good, but I don't know what you're actually listening to.

Supercoolguy64
July 2nd 2015


8999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

zwitter zwitter

ZWITTAAH ZWITTAAAH

InFlamesWeThrash666
July 2nd 2015


9168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album but i don't like anything else from this band

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Snake.
July 2nd 2015


21800 Comments


lmfao this band

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2015


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers ed haha

DominionMM1
July 2nd 2015


18354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"because it would make them the first foreign metal band in his history to break out into the mainstream used their native tongue"

but this isn't a sehnsucht review. pos'd anyway. just a few things to clean up that i personally am too lazy to point out.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2015


2611 Comments


but because it would make them the first foreign metal band in his history to break out into the mainstream used their native tongue

1) take out "his", the sentence would flow better as such, and

2) change "used" to "using".

Apart from that, good review man. I remember when at least half of the songs on Mutter had music videos and I (as a 9/10 year old) would be watching MTV/Kerrang!/Scuzz all the time just for Rammstein among others.

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2015


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn, thought I got all the typos. Chees linguist.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2015


15649 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Dominion



sehnsucht got them exposure, but Mutter blew them up to where they are now. Cheers though bud.

DominionMM1
July 2nd 2015


18354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

du hast is what got them into the mainstream. their spot on korn's family values tour is what really broke them.

just sayin'

KrazyKris
July 2nd 2015


2749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, waited for that one. Can only agree on all of it. Good thing you didn't mention Rein, Raus, cause that's really the one rotten apple here. Don't know why they wouldn't throw it out and take Hallelujah instead.

Tunaboy45
July 2nd 2015


16784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nailed it mate, have a pos

BigBlob
July 2nd 2015


5234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BANG BANG

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Supercoolguy64
July 2nd 2015


8999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FEUER FREI!

Supercoolguy64
July 2nd 2015


8999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sonne makes me feel like i climbed mount everest only to find greek gods and goddesses that reward me for making it up their alive



shit makes me feel alive

Cygnatti
July 2nd 2015


32884 Comments


*makes industrial music list
*every band sounds like this and NIN

BigBlob
July 2nd 2015


5234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah they opened their last tour with Sonne. did not expect it at all. was amazing

KrazyKris
July 2nd 2015


2749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Odd fact: Sonne was written as the fight track for one of the Klitschkos

trackbytrackreviews
July 3rd 2015


3401 Comments


Back when I didn't know german I thought mutter meant something like whisper



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