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Rammstein live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Industrial, Live, Metal with tags , , , , on 10th August 2019 by izaforestspirit

Duo Jatekok, Rammstein
Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland
9th August 2019

Last night Tampere’s Ratina Stadium was literally on fire. But not to worry, there is no need to call the fire brigade. The world-renowned industrial metal legends Rammstein were in town. Words cannot describe how much I love this band. They have been my obsession since my early teens. I have seen them live twice before. This time they came to play at my local stadium so this was an opportunity not to be missed.

This was the first out of two sold-out shows at Ratina Stadium in Tampere. The support was a French group called Duo Jatekok who played piano instrumental covers of Rammstein songs. While it was interesting to hear alternative versions of these well known Rammstein classics, the band didn’t do much to entertain the crowd. It acted as a pleasant background noise.

The night’s headliners, Rammstein had a bit of a slow start. The first few songs, bizarrely enough including the usual crowd pleaser ‘Links 2 3 4’, failed to agitate the audience. It wasn’t until ‘Mein Herz Brennt’ came on that things really got going. These guys are known for their elaborate pyrotechnics and they definitely lived up to the hype. I’m not the biggest fan of the song ‘Puppe’ but the massive burning pram on stage was a quite the sight. ‘Ausländer’ was really good too. The real highlights for me though were ‘Deutschland’, ‘Du Riechst So Gut’ (a personal favourite) and the classics ‘Sonne’ and ‘Du Hast’. The only minor downside of the flames and the light show was that, at this time of the year in Finland, the darkness doesn’t fall soon enough. Once it got dark the flames and the light show were all the more visible to the fullest effect.

In summary, this was another amazing show by Rammstein. I’m really glad that I got to see them live again. Like an old diesel engine, it takes a while to warm up but when it gets there the engine is roaring.

Iza Raittila

Rammstein – Rammstein

Posted in CD, Industrial, Metal, Rock with tags , , on 6th June 2019 by izaforestspirit

Rammstein
Rammstein
Released 17th May 2019
Neue Deutsche Härte/ Industrial Metal
Released via Universal Music

It’s been a decade since the world renowned Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein last released a studio album. For a long-time fan like myself that is a very long time to wait. Needless to say that my expectations for this were very high. After all it took them this long to record so surely it ought to be worth the wait right? Let’s see…

Well, we’re off to a good start with Deutschland. The video might be a bit too much for some people to handle but the song itself is an absolute gem. I cannot get enough of it. It acts like an anthem for the band, combining all the elements that make Rammstein so special. Till Lindemann’s powerful and emotional vocals, Flake’s delightful keyboard work and the guitars. The chorus works a treat too. What a tune; “Radio, Mein Radio…”, that’s about as much as I can make out from the lyrics without consulting a German dictionary or online translating service but that has never stopped me from enjoying this song. I have had that chorus stuck in my head for weeks. Radio is a wonderfully catchy piece of industrial metal that is bound to be a big hit both live and on the dance floors. Then there’s Ausländer with its disco-esque vibes and somewhat cheesy-sounding chorus.

Basically it’s all good until the fifth track comes along and things slow down a little. It is not so much that the rest of the album is bad, it is not. There are lots of well executed, emotional vocal performances from Mr.Lindemann, there is nothing wrong with guitar riffs or the keyboard melodies. And yet it feels a little lacking in energy. As much as I appreciate the dark lyrical themes and creepy music of tracks such as Puppe, Rammstein are capable of so much more. This suffers from the same issues as their mid-career period albums ‘Reise, Reise’ and ‘Rosenrot’, which have a handful of very good songs each and lots of okayish, but not particularly memorable tracks. The only exception is the ultra creepy and sombre-sounding Hallomann which seems like a fitting way to end the album.

In summary, I am sad to say that this album is a bit of a letdown for me. The first four tracks are great and I absolutely love them. Sadly the rest are a little too slow and ballad-like for my taste. It feels almost like Rammstein are tired of making this kind of music and they are preparing to move on to something new.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

b.o.s.c.h. – apparat

Posted in CD, Instrumental, Rock with tags , on 11th May 2013 by izaforestspirit

b.o.s.c.h.
apparat
Released 24th May 2013
Industrial Rock/ Metal
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘apparat’ is the second album from the German industrial rock band b.o.s.c.h. The band regard themselves as part of the Neue Deutsche Härte movement and cite Rammstein, Prodigy, Nitzer Ebb among their influences.

Ok, this time it looks like my instincts were correct. Let’s just ponder over the following terms for a second and think of what bands pop into your head. “German industrial” …. Neue Deutsche Härte… hmmm… I’m thinking… Oomph, Rammstein, possibly Eisbrecher to start with. Oddly enough that’s precisely what b.o.s.c.h. sounds like – a combination of each of these.

Take Engel for example, I doubt that the name choice is a coincidence, even the keyboards sound similar to Rammstein. Each track features a mixture of heavy metal guitars, pounding drums, industrial/techno-esque keyboards and aggressive vocals. The aforementioned keyboards offer a sharp contrast to the abrasive vocals and the metal guitar riffs which are especially audible on tracks such as Amok. Then there’s harsher, metal sounding Schwarzer Sonne which reminds me of the early works of Rammstein. Another noteworthy track is the melodic ballad Der Sturm which features a duet with female vocalist giving the song a somewhat Gothic tinge.

Sadly for these guys, their album has fallen into the hands of an avid Rammstein fan. Whilst I like their sound, there are way too many similarities to their famous countrymen for the music to stand out.

3/5

Iza Raittila

Eisenherz – Fluch Der Zeit

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 4th March 2013 by izaforestspirit

Eisenherz
Fluch Der Zeit
Released: March 2013
Gothic Metal
Dust On The Tracks Records

Fluch Der Zeit is the second album from the German gothic metal band Eisenherz, who see themselves as part of the ‘Neue Deutsche Härte’ movement. It is the follow up to their self-titled debut album. The band’s sound has been described as “somewhere between Rammstein, In Extremo and Unheilig”. The edition I received also features a song from their debut album, Die Seele Brennt as a bonus track.

Now, why is it that whenever I hear of a band being compared to Rammstein I automatically assume that it is going to be industrial? Particularly if the said band also happens to be German. Don’t get me wrong, I love German industrial music but there’s no industrial influences on this album. This is not another Rammstein-influenced industrial rock/metal group akin to the likes of Eisbrecher and current Die Apokalyptischen Reiter (both great bands by the way).

In fact, the only Rammstein element I can hear on this album are the vocals. From the second track Die Nacht onwards, the singer really does remind me of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann. The music itself has more of a Gothic tone it with some symphonic, melodic parts with keyboards and even the occasional operatic style female vocals added to the mix. This combination with the standard heavy metal guitar riffs is a very powerful one. The guitars and the symphonic keyboards really stand out on songs like the title track Fluch Der Zweit where it gives the music a certain catchy feel.

There’s also slower-paced, more melodic tracks like Licht Der Welt which sees the female singer, Yvonne takes the spotlight in a pleasant-sounding, ballad-esque duet with the male singer, Heinz Zürl. By contrast the next track Du Bist So Kalt is faster, very much guitar driven, with just a hint of the keyboard in the background and it doesn’t feature the female vocals. My personal favorite, the undisputed highlight of the album, is the eerie-sounding Vampir which features some spooky keyboards, haunting vocals and catchy guitar riffs. What more could you want from a song?

Another noteworthy track is the keyboard infused, symphonic metal -style Schlampenball which features one of those incredibly catchy choruses that is likely to stay in your head for a while.

4.5/5 – German gothic metal has a future and it goes by the name of Eisenherz!!

Iza Raittila