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Heart Of Darkness,
This review is from: Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
"If it ain't broke don't try to fix it".
A good philosophy if you can make it work.
Since their debut album 'Herzelied' (1995), an album which retains the power to
strip paint from ceilings, Rammstein have proved that this is eminently possible.
With 'Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da', their sixth studio outing, the core elements of the
manifesto remain substantially unchanged. For those who love them, myself
included, this is of course a very good thing.
They have delivered another rock-solid piece of work here.
Their last album 'Rosenrot' (2005) has had a bit of an undeserved drubbing
from some of the band's devotees and detractors. Personally, I enjoyed it
every bit as much as their other recordings. It was the small differences,
largely evident in singer Mr Lindemann's increasingly musical vocal delivery,
which contributed yet another 'layer' to the band's emblematic sound.
The eleven songs in the new collection (plus a further five worthy tracks on the
"deluxe" edition) stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of their output.
The opening choral waves of 'Rammlied' provide a stunningly atmospheric
introduction to the controlled mayhem which follows. When those big
power-chords and the crash of Mr Schneider's drums kick in we are
catapulted into thrillingly familiar territory. An industrial-strength
composition deploying every trick in this fine ensemble's technical vocabulary.
Lindemann's dark Teutonic growl is deeper and more menacing than ever.
Things get better still with 'Ich Tu Dir Weh' . The eerily shifting opening synth
motif and subsequent thundering second subject segues seamlessly into
one of the most memorably tuneful choruses the band has produced.
The continued emergence of a more refined melodic sensibility has
enriched their work immeasurably. 'Roter Sand' is another fine example
of this tendency. The central vocal performance is beautifully executed.
The orchestral and choral arrangement (and incidental whistling) are a
stunningly successful inclusion. A second incarnation of the song
(the 'Corchester' version) on disc two is arguably even more impressive.
(Messrs Pfandler and Rempfler's yodeling adds yet another dimension!)
I shall refrain from delivering another track by track dissection.
Heck !! It's all good.
'Fuhre Mich', however, does deserve a special mention all its own.
The thoroughly menacing atmosphere of this thrillingly Stygian piece encapsulates
everything that makes Rammstein the darkly wonderful phenomenon they have become.
As for the artwork.... Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' is put through the mincer and
reconstructed as a series of deeply disturbing tableaux vivants worthy of
a modern-day Caravaggio. Not for the faint-hearted and all the better for it!
Grand Guignol doesn't get better than this.