[ALBUM REVIEW] Rammenstein – Self Titled

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
1. DEUTSCHLAND
2. RADIO
3. ZEIG DICH
4. AUSLÄNDER
5. SEX
6. PUPPE
7. WAS ICH LIEBE
8. DIAMANT
9. WEIT WEG
10. TATTOO
11. HALLOMANN

 Reviewed by Mitch Charlton

It has been 10 years since the last Rammstein album, yes Tool fans, calm down, you will have your turn soon enough. The long-awaited self-titled album is finally in our hands and playing in our ears and I can’t be more excited to listen to it.

This band is all about pushing social boundaries and getting a rise from the masses. Take a look back at their career, being banned from countries for their Buch Dich antics, everyone has looked up the uncut version of the Pussy film clip at one point or another and now look at the outrage that came from the first single Deutschland’s film clip. They know how to get under people’s skin and the fans expect that kind of thing now.

Being known for catchy riffs and choruses that the world will sing without out truly knowing what they are talking about, this album is full of them. The first two singles had everyone excited, although I wasn’t too excited about Radio but with the film clip, it made more sense. For as simple as the song is, I appreciated the film clip and what the lyrics were about. Music Censorship. Which happens and is a real shame that in our world there are places were some music and entertainment isn’t allowed. Art is there to be enjoyed in all its forms, whether it is words, visuals or audial. The film clip paints that picture quite nicely.

Lyrically this album doesn’t stray too far from the usual Rammstein banter with creepy tales of siblings to prostitutes with Puppe and a peeping tom with Weit Weg. Ausländer is one of the tracks that I have constantly had on repeat, the other being Was Ich Leibe. These were some catchy riffs and lyrics, the first translates to Foreigner and is just about having fun while abroad, in typical Rammstein fashion. Was Ich Leibe being about the pain that comes with love and whether its really worth it. Heavier topic and keeping in that style that throw in a heavy riff that will make you want to blare it from your stereo.

Where would Rammstein be without an album or song that doesn’t spark a bit of controversy? Deutschland, the album opener talks of the mixed emotions that their motherlands history brings about in its people. In today’s world, it is becoming harder to show any opinion whether it’s political or personal without being judged harshly by the rest of the world, thanks to the online community. When the film clip for this song was released, it took a couple of watches to see everything it offered and truly understand the message that comes across. After reading the lyrics as well, you can start to sympathise with the way some views are now judged quickly without hesitation by people who aren’t apart of the situation.

Before judging this album, people need to think of how Rammstein work and that the album is only half of the finished product. These guys are known for their explosive fiery live performances where these songs come to life and you need to sit tight and see what they bring out of the music and on the stage. They haven’t been here since 2011 Big Day Out and just like all of you, I’m hoping that they come back here on their eventual world tour.