Rammstein
Rosenrot
Release date: October 28th 2005
Label:
Universal
Distribution:
Universal
Website:
www.rammstein.com
Style:
Rammstyle
Rating: 80/100
Reviewed by:
Thomas Nielsen
Date:
November '05

Now, this has been a tough one to review. For the first time I have to say something negative about my favourite German band, and it hurts.  

There is no Rammstein release without surprises and “Rosenrot” is no exception, only, the surprises are not all pleasant this time.  

There is only one year between “Reise, Reise” and it’s follow-up, and perhaps it would have been better to wait a while. It’s been a busy year with lots of touring for the boys, and to release an album that partly consists of leftovers from the last album is rarely a hit. Jawohl, “Reise, Reise” was one of the best releases in 2004, but still, even then a revision of the material could come in handy.  

I can more or less divide “Rosenrot” into two sections: The first five songs are right on the spot, all hit songs. The last six songs are mediocre (one even annoying).  

“Benzin”, which most of you ought to have heard by now since it’s the first single from the album, is a typical Rammstein tune that revolves around the theme of self-destruction. “Mann Gegen Mann”, the best song of the album, is a heavy song about homosexuality, top class stuff, top class riffing. The title track is full of atmosphere, a very dark piece. “Spring” is a tragic-comic story about the power of the crowd and our need to see others fail. “Wo Bist Du” is a cool song about a love lost.  

And then it goes wrong: “Stirb Nicht Vor Mir/Don’t Die Before Me” is one of the most irrelevant ballads I’ve listened to in a long time, and Sharleen Spiteri of Texas fame can’t even save it.

Next up is “Zerstören” and this is the last good song on the album, although this is familiar stuff from Rammstein. “Hilf Mir” starts out with a riff that is peculiarly close to the riff from that P.O.D song….”Alive”. The tune never really amounts to anything interesting. “Te Quiero Puta!” is Rammstein’s attempt to do something weird (i.e. in Spanish). It is weird, no doubt. More or less like a combination of a Daffy Duck cartoon and Brujeria. It’s fairly annoying to lay ears to. “Feuer und Wasser” is a bit like “Hilf Mir” – not as original as you’d expect from our German friends.

Finally, there’s “Ein Lied”, a quiet piece to end the album. Nice one, but could easily have been cut by two minutes…  

As you can see, this album is on the whole kept afloat by five or six songs which isn’t really good enough. Too bad that the curve seems to break for Rammstein now – possibly because someone around them think they should hurry and get some money out of us now that they’re successful.  

It is worth noting, by the way, that in terms of drumming, this is most organic Rammstein album so far. This is less industrial and more rock.  

Recommended tracks: “Benzin”, Mann Gegen Mann”, “Spring” & “Wo Bist Du”.