Rammstein
Made in Germany 1995 - 2011


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon STAFF
July 4th, 2017 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A run-of-the-mill best-of, with a host of album saving features.

In today’s world, is there really any room for a “best-of” album? The relevance for this type of record feels both antiquated and alien when placed in society’s disposable ethic. In fact, even though music comes in vast amounts these days, and in quick succession, it’s as quickly forgotten about in a lot of cases. So why bother with a compilation that was designed at birth to be a corporate cash-grab for its labels when you can easily listen to something else or go straight for the artist’s “proper” albums? The truth is there isn’t a great deal of incentive to a lot of them. However, in the last 10 or so years, there has been a key perk to picking up a copy of some bands/artists best-of albums, and it tends to be an added bonus disc. While the actual disc you’re buying is about as useful as a coaster for your favourite drink, the additional disc can occasionally hold a surprising amount of depth and replay value. One such example is Rammstein’s 2011 best-of compilation Made In Germany.

If you’re a fan of heavy music, the chances of you not knowing who Rammstein are at this point are pretty slim; even if you haven’t actually heard their music, you’ll know the name. Yes, if there was ever a band to celebrate their illustrious career, it’s these guys: 6 albums that hold up to an intimidatingly high standard; spread across two decades, with a near countless amount of stadium shattering singles. Since their hiatus, the band have spent a fair amount of time releasing live albums and this very LP, just for the sake of taking a step back to celebrate and admire it all. The main disc contains the hit numbers from their career, and gives little space for anything other than the best the band can offer. The most obvious thing you’ll notice is Mutter dominates the biggest piece of the track list – for fairly obvious reasons. However, they try and squeeze as much onto the list as possible: the likes of Rosenrot and Herzeleid take the biggest hits for the team, only getting a track apiece from those albums, while the rest of the songs on here come from their more popular records. As much as I could grumble at the fact Mutter might get a little bit too much exposure on here, it’s understandable that they’d put a heavy emphasis on, arguably, their most successful album to date; and the track list as a whole represents why these guys are one of the top runners in the game today. There’s also the inclusion of a previously unreleased track, in the form of “Mein Land”, a quick and energetic track which holds all the great hallmarks of the band, and is an excellent addition to the band’s canon.

However, the whole reason any fan of the band should be checking this package out is because of the second disc, which features a trove of remixes from various artists that Rammstein hand-picked to do the job. There’s an eclectic range of artists on here: from Faith No More and Pet Shop Boys to Scooter and Junkie XL, you’ll be taken back by the variety. And for the most part, this half of Made in Germany is well worth the parting cash. Jacob Hellner’s remix of “Du Hast” is an excellently dank rendition of the song, and manages to bring out a different level of industrial coldness to it; while Clawfinger’s Djent-y guitar tones and spastic drum beats stand out, blending a heavier aesthetic with an equal amount of epic-melody in mind, making it one of the finest remixes on here. Hell, even Scooter’s “Pussy” version brings a bigger tongue-in-cheek tone to the track than its original, and is something you can’t help but smile at. Occasionally you’ll stumble across a track that doesn’t do a great deal though: WestBam’s “Links 2-3-4” is a dull slog and suffers from a pretty poor production choice; the same can be said for Sono’s “Mutter” remix, which spends more time trying to saturate the listener in dull ambient electronics, than utilizing the potential of the song. Luckily, these moments are few and far between, with a great selection of takes on some of Rammstein’s finest tunes.

The bottom line is that the standard version of this album is effectively useless, and is only worth checking if you’re one of the few people not to have heard the band by now – to which I’d still highly recommend listening to the proper albums than this. No, if you’re going to check this out, get the 2-disc, or stream the 2-disc version, for the remix side of the album (and the new song from the first disc). It’s here where you’ll find your money’s worth and the most enjoyment. While a couple of the tracks fall a little flat, or don’t offer a decent enough take on the track at hand, the majority of the remixes here are great and are enjoyable pieces to go back to.

Excellent.

EDITIONS: 2-disc CD//1̶-̶d̶i̶s̶c̶ ̶C̶D̶//2̶ ̶C̶D̶+̶3̶-̶D̶V̶D̶ ̶D̶e̶l̶u̶x̶e̶

PACKAGING: 2-disc comes in an 8 panel digi-pak, with a variant of one of the six members to cover the album’s front cover.

SPECIAL EDITION: The ultimate edition of this package contains the standard disc, remix disc and three DVDs, which have making-of and music videos.



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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surprised this never got a review, so thought I'd bang one together.



As always, constructive criticism welcome, peeps.

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BigBlob
July 4th 2017


5278 Comments


I saw standard version as just the singles they released as opposed to a "best of"

also, where is feuer frei : (

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're right man. Although, tbf, there's enough bloody mutter on here lol

Davil667
July 4th 2017


3838 Comments


Great review for an indeed quite useless album. Several great ones are missing on here and I was never too keen on remixed versions... My personal Rammstein best of would at least comprise 30 songs or so I guess, no way I could narrow it down to only 16 tracks.

However I really like the album title somehow, fits pretty well :]

bloc
July 4th 2017


57937 Comments


Wow how does this not have Fire Fries on it? Don't tell me I gotta watch xXx every time I want to listen to that song

But seriously, that is one of their biggest songs, no?

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BigBlob
July 4th 2017


5278 Comments


yeh. and it was a single too. no idea how it aint on here. it was a bigger choon than mutter thats for sure

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the title rules. Shame you didn't like the remixes, there's some great ones on here for me.





BigBlob
July 4th 2017


5278 Comments


Hell, even Scooter’s “Pussy” version brings an even bigger tongue-in-cheek tone to the track than its original, and is something you can’t help but smile at.


christ sake. have to check this out. scooter are so fking bad that it makes them amazing

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe it's not as big in Germany?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yea, I hate Scooter haha but there's a cheese he puts on that song which makes it great. lol

Davil667
July 4th 2017


3838 Comments


Scooter's pretty well known in Germany but more as, well, a joke... and a bad one at that. Doesn't keep people from going to his concerts though.

To his credit, I think he doesn't take himself to seriously either... Lol @ Hans-Peter Baxxter.

BigBlob
July 4th 2017


5278 Comments


i'd go and see scooter live

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good job he doesn't take it seriously really, he's garbage.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he should support bizkit lol

Tunaboy45
July 4th 2017


16788 Comments


Rammstein crew assemble

BigBlob
July 4th 2017


5278 Comments


YA!!!

Tunaboy45
July 4th 2017


16788 Comments


das ist mein thread

SCREAM!
July 4th 2017


15756 Comments


Damn this doesn't even have Reise, Reise either


These guys were a blast live

Davil667
July 4th 2017


3838 Comments


Mein thread brennt!

Tunaboy45
July 4th 2017


16788 Comments


Great review too Simon, I think it goes without saying

@SCREAM! I'm desperate to see them live



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