Rammstein
Rosenrot


4.5
superb

Review

by Simon CONTRIBUTOR (232 Reviews)
July 6th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rosenrot is the most experimental release to date. Largely overlooked by many, but, at times, contains some of the bands best song writing.

Rammstein’s discography has kept to a relatively routine pattern, writing fresh material to be made for a new album every couple of years, but Rosenrot is a little different to the rest of the groups albums and for a couple of reasons: firstly, Rosenrot – surprisingly – came out only a year after their 2004 LP Reise, Reise and secondly, over half of Rosenrot’s tracklist contains B-sides that never made the final cut on Reise, Reise. When people hear the word “B-side” they’ll grimace and assume that the songs were never good enough to be on a “proper” album; so why have Rammstein decided to take six songs from previous recordings and make a new album with them" The answer, quite simply, is they stand strong enough to be on the bands fifth studio outing.

Make no mistake, many might see the B-side tracks as a handicap, but Rammstein have never been a band to do things in the conventional sense, and Rosenrot stands up tall with the rest of the bands discography. The opening track, ”Benzin”, dissolves any doubts about an album dipping in quality, and proves that these guys are showing no sign of slowing down; from Chris’ grooving bass kicks in the verse to Till’s wall breaking screams in the chorus. The track comes packed in a sound that has been getting fine-tuned for several years, masterfully showcasing the heavy and infectious Rammstein we’ve come to know and love. Further proof that Rosenrot contains top-quality material is shown on songs like “Rosenrot”, “Spring” and “Wo bist du” that aim more towards the slightly more epic sound found on Mutter; while “Mann gegen Mann” brings the heavy duty, headbanging treatment.

Unfortunately, the flow of Rosenrot isn’t great, and any real momentum being made in the first third of the album is lost when we reach “Stirb nicht vor mir (Don't Die Before I Do)”, which sees Rammstein at their softest: the track contains guest vocals from Sharleen Eugene Spiteri and has Till singing some fantastic ballad type melodies over acoustic guitars, however Sharleen Eugene Spiteri’s English sang contributions tend to make the song come across a little cheesey; the song is decent and enjoyable enough on its own, but it is so left field from anything else on here that it damages the tones created from the other songs. The same applies to “Te quiero puta!” which has mariachi elements amalgamated with the standard Rammstein sound and guest vocals from Carmen Margarita Zapata, and again, the song is enjoyable on its own merit – albeit it came across almost laughable – but it ends up tearing up any consistency.

But, what Rosenrot lacks in consistency, it makes up for in being Rammstein’s most atmospheric release to date. The album has its ups and downs in terms of consistent tone, but the album is littered – especially toward the end of the album – in songs that bring fantastic ideas and sounds. Songs like “Feuer und Wasser” and album closer “Ein Lied” showcase a different kind of Rammstein that bring the band to their darkest, heaviest and most epic. It’s a real shame the band didn’t decide to make more songs like this instead of including “Te quiero puta!” and “Stirb nicht vor mir (Don't Die Before I Do)”.

Overall, Rosenrot has some odd song choices at times, but the album is still at a fantastically high standard, a standard the band have managed to maintain their whole career thus far. And while Rosenrot might have some crazy ideas, it’s this kind of experimentation that makes the album so interesting and stand’s out so much from the rest of the bands LP’s. It might have some songs that didn’t make the cut on Reise, Reise, but these songs are just as good as any Mutter or Reise, Reise tracks. And for that reason alone the “B-side” tag should be overlooked.

Excellent.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2015


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Discography review 5.



As always constructive criticism welcome.

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Supercoolguy64
July 6th 2015


8762 Comments


rad

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bloc
July 6th 2015


54378 Comments


Used to listen to this a lot when I was going to summer school

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ksoflas
July 6th 2015


1266 Comments


Benzin live, hell yeah.
Pos'd.

Acanthus
July 6th 2015


9812 Comments


Guilty of skipping this, haven't rated nor do I even own it.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2015


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Worth a go Acanthus. Some great stuff on here.

Mesm277
July 6th 2015


632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not a big fan, very hit and miss for me

PumpBoffBag
July 6th 2015


935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

one of their lesser releases imo too. still a fun listen regardless

SweeneyTodd
July 6th 2015


1976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First Rammstein album I heard from start to finish. It's seriously underrated, I think it's just as good as Mutter. Sweet review man, glad to see someone likes this album as much as I do

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BigPleb
July 6th 2015


56976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weakest Ramm but the t/t, Benzin and Mann Gegen Mann rule hard.

Supercoolguy64
July 6th 2015


8762 Comments


always found spring to be pretty interesting

KrazyKris
July 6th 2015


2749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, we already knew I'd disagree with this a lot. Still a good rev though.



Some of it sounds like half-hearted remakes of earlier songs (Benzin!), some are just boring (I don't know why you'd want more of Ein Lied or Feuer Und Wasser on here).



Some on the other hand are still great and interestingly enough you picked my fav Stirb Nicht Vor Mir as pretty much the worst on here and didn't even mention Hilf Mir, which is one of the few for me that actually manage to build up some atmosphere.

DominionMM1
July 6th 2015


17748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

spring man spring

inconsistent record but certainly better than the last one

someguest
July 6th 2015


29892 Comments


woahsenwot

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2015


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not a fan of Resie, Dominion?



Yeah, sorry kris, I was going to mention Hilf Mir, but it would have meant I talked about every track on the album ha But Hilf Mir does rule. And I just love the atmosphere on Ein Lied and Feuer Und Wasser, it's just different to what they normally do and it works well imo.



DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2015


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Waht ya saying Someguest? You dig this one?

DominionMM1
July 7th 2015


17748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no i was referring to liebe ist fur alle da

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2015


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You probably won't agree with my review much then. haha

Flugmorph
July 7th 2015


20661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he reviews all the rammsteins

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2015


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1 to go buddy.



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