I got hold of Rammstein's latest album Rosenrot.I was one of those who started listening to, and noticing this band from their success with Du Hast, the hit single which was part on the Matrix OST and is considered the Rammstein anthem.
Rammstein is an industrial metal band.Rosenrot is their latest offereing to the industrial metal genre.However,some tracks on this album will lean more towards symphonic metal.All the lyrics are in German except for the track Strib nicht vor mir (Don't die before I die) which features the vocals of Sharleen Spiteri. The german factor however will not stop you from listening to this album.Also, most of the tracks are tracks which were considered as rejects from "Reise Reise", their earlier album.Instead of thrashing them the band decided to release them as a separate album.So Rosenrot is actually "Reise Reise Vol 2".However, six of the eleven are Reise Reise tracks and five new ones have been added.
Before I go into details about Rosenrot, a little history on Rammstein for those who have heard of this band for the first time.It's a west Berlin band who's first album was "Herzeleid"(Heartache) released in 1995."Sehnsucht"(Longing) followed in 1997and this was one catapulted Rammstein as the top European Industrial band.They have often been dismissed as Ministry wannabe's but with "Mutter" and "Reise Reise"(Rise Rise) they were able to shake off the stereotype image which they were building up.Rosenrot further distances the band from "Herzeeleid" and "Sehnsucht" type of music.This album is more similar to "Reise Reise" however it also carries over the ballad-baggage of "Mutter"(Mother).
Now more about Rosenrot,It has 11 tracks and instead of rating the whole album I'll rate each of the tracks.
This is the radio friendly track of this album.This track has the Rammstein stamp all over it. Fast,thumping vocals with a strong riff in the background.Starts off slowly and then picks up tempo like "Feuer Frei".There's a video for this single but I've not seen it.All I can pick up from the lyrics are petrochemicals names.
Mann gegen Mann (Man against Man)
One of the weaker tracks.Nice guitar riff's which rise and fall with the tempo of the song.This songs shows Rammstein's roots.There's a distinct rise and fall in the song's structure which is weived well by the lyrics.Nice song structure but it's a case of "been there done that".
Rosenrot (Rose Red)
One of my favourites.It has a ballad-y style with good rhythm.Sonds something similar to "Mutter" but it's faster and sounds more complete than "Mutter".It's got a good background drum beat which reaches symphonic cacophonies at times.On the whole a really enjoyable song.
Great Vocals.Till's vocal ability is really showcased in this song.This song is all about the vocals which range from whispers to snarls.Apart from the good vocals there's nothing interesting in this track.Ah! a guitar riff tries to saves the song in the end but nothing comendable and nothing really takes off.This song won't make you come back.
Wo bist du? (Where are you?)
The slowest track on the album and it begins with a flute piece.It has a sad melancholic feel to it.Constant drums and a constant riff maintain the overall tempo of the song at a steady constant pace.A few traces of Gothic rock can be seen.
Strib nicht vor mir (Don't die before I do)
Some new direction for the band.No distortion,clear guitar riffs and above all it's a duet featuring Sharleen Spiteri from the band Texas.Sharleen's lyrics are in English whereas Till sticks to his German roots.
Finally some relief from the slow-mo songs.This one is fast and brutal.Excellent use of the synth.This is the symphonic part of Rosenrot, the symphonic instruments are combined with synth and distortion effects to give this song a very nice sound.Till's vocals are also good.Distortion solo's of guitar riff give it a great sound in the middle and a final cacophany of all symphonic instruments playing all at once gives it a great ending.One of the good Rammstein tracks.
Hilf Mir (Help Me)
This song is based on a german story "Der Struwwelpeter" about a girl who lights a match and develop's a love for fire.A slow track which is laced with the words "Hilf Mir" which are cries for help in german.
Te quiero puta (Spanish for "I love you,whore")
The only Rammstein song to use a trumpet and to use Spanish lyrics.Till actually sings the whole song in Spanish.It's actually funny listening to Till "try" to sing in a language other than German.Remember "Moscow" from "Reise Reise", this song is similar only more lively because a trumpet is used and a spanish harlot singing the chorus.A nice detour from the usual Rammstein road.Brings some fresh air but does'nt do much.
Feuer Wasser (Fire and Water)
Starts really really slowly.Picks up tempo and ends with a strong chorus.The song is about how Fire and Water will never become one.Really shows how deep rooted Rammstein lyrics are into the natural elements.Strong lyrics coupled with a good guitar solo makes this a song a "slow grower", a song you'll get to like after listening to it 3-4 times.
Ein Lied (A Song)
This is literally "a song" for Rammstein fans.Another slow one,probably the slowest one finally concludes Rosenrot.
This is definitely RR2 but it's not as good in the ballad department as Mutter nor does it compare to "Sehnsucht" in the heavy department.It's somewhere there in between Mutter and Reise Reise.It's got some new direction but at the same time the band makes sure it's brought back to the Industrial Metal road.
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