Rating: 95/100

Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen, October '04
Label: Universal Records
Style: A cool, German style…

Reise, Reise

The word Reise means “journey” in German, and this is exactly what "Reise, Reise" is; a journey into a post-industrial world that offers both beauty, hardness, mental deprivation and human ugliness and a chaos of musical styles and tastes.

When Rammstein’s last studio album, "Mutter", came out in 2001, it offered something new compared to its predecessors Herzelied (1995) and Sehnsucht (1997), and, honestly, I thought that the German combo had exploited their niche to the full, and that they couldn’t add more.

I stand corrected.

This time around, Rammstein seem…I don’t know…less German thematically. Jawohl, there is the song “Mein Teil” (“My Part”) about the German cannibal Meives (the song taking the perspective of Bernd-Jurgen Brandes, Meives’ victim) and the explorations into sadistic relationships (“Stein um Stein” – “Brick by Brick”), but there are also the tunes “Moskau” with a Russian female voice contributing to the soundscape as well as the potential hit song “Amerika”, a mocking comment to the people who embrace the American way of life to the point where they forget their own culture. And then there is “Amour”, a pastiche of Serge Gainsbourg – priceless, no less!

The characteristic heaviness we know from their previous albums is always present on "Reise, Reise", even in the tune “Los” although it fundamentally is an acoustic rhythm’n’blues song! Fantastic piece!

In fact, the mixture of musical styles is fantastic. There are tons of influences, from classical to nu-metal, and this means that you hear something new every time you listen to "Reise, Reise" …just like you do when you travel around the world.

Recommended tracks: “Reise, Reise”, “Mein Teil”, “America”, “Moskau”

Link: www.rammstein.de