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on 28 January 2018
It's the same dilemma that countless bands and artists have suffered before; 2001's 'Mutter' was a monumental album that made German industrial metal band Rammstein international superstars. So what now? Having spawned five hit singles and firmly establishing themselves as the premier band of their specific genre, it would be hard for anyone to release a follow-up that would live up to expectations.

But 'Reise, Reise' is a damn good effort.

Cranking up the heaviness that worked so well on their previous release, 'Reise, Reise' has ditched all the dance and techno elements of the bands earlier work, and in its place is a thunderously heavy album with massive guitar riffs and plenty of haunting keyboards. The sound is slightly muddier and grungier than before, but it's still a well-crafted assortment, with plenty of headbanging anthems that are almost instantly recognizable as Rammstein.

Of course, the main attraction with a band like these lot is their live show, and these songs are tailor-made to be played in huge arenas with plenty of pyro, choreography and imagery.

With skull-crushingly heavy hits such as 'Mein Teil', 'Keine Lust', 'Morgenstein' and 'Stein um Stein', eerily melancholic ballads like 'Armour' and 'Ohne Dich', and all-out cheesy pop-inspired songs like 'Amerika' (one of the bands most famous hits) and 'Moskau' (with infectious female backing vocals), there's a wide diversity of songs on 'Reise, Reise', that ensures that even while it doesn't reach the same heights as its predecessor, Rammstein still sit firmly atop the throne as the kings of industrial music.
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on 11 October 2017
This is Rammstein at their most sinister and sneering best, I enjoy this album a lot, it really is disturbing in places, it is really down to the hard edged vocals with so much spite and venom especially towards Amerika.
This album is more relevant now than when it came out, it captures the whole American attitude of "we are right and the rest of teh world can F*#k itself", I think since Trump this is more than ever the case.
Rammstein at their snarling best
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on 11 October 2004
Not as immediate as "Mutter" or "Sehnsucht", this takes a few plays before you really get into. The band have reinvented their sound to expand musically and creatively. However this has largely replaced the hard riffing, headbanging anthems of old with a more mature hard rock sensability that may lose them some of their less enlightened fans.
In many places, the trademark crunching guitars are mixed into the background in favour of the vocals and keyboard sonics - but this remedied by playing it LOUD!. The vocals seem less 'hooky' than previous which loses one of main attractions of a band who predominately sing only in German.
The mid-paced anthemic and string laden title track is strong reminding one of a subdued "Mein Herz Brennt" yet is a strange way to open the album compared with previous albums that will only disappoint fans looking for a follow-up to "Mutter".
A better choice would have been the excellent "Mein Teil" with the twisted vocals and chacteristic light/shade chorus/verse style suitable for its dark subject matter (German cannibal who advertised on the Internet for his dinner guest. The title loosely translates as 'my tool').
Ironically "Los" wouldn't have been out of place on their debut except that the riff is thrased out on an acoustic guitar with restrained drums and even a harmonica solo that puts you in mind of Dr.Feelgood !.
The anti-globalisation "Amerika" with its corny yet catchy chorus sung in English countered with increasingly nastier guitar work during the verse gets better with each play.
This is suitably followed by "Moskau" (Moscow) a faster paced rocker with an echoey russian singing female vocalist (now if they had only got Tatu !).
"Stein um Stein" is probably the highlight of the album. Starting slow, you are lulled into a false of security that this is 'just another ballad' when BLAM! in come the heavy guitars and Till Lindeman pulls off one of the most emotional deliveries to date - brilliant stuff.
Disappointly the album finishes with a ballad followed by another slow track which closes the affair on a low whereas another rocker would have finished things on a high.
On balance, if you appreciate good hard rock music that is not afraid to be experimental then this is a good album. If you only like hard riffing headbanging music then you will be disappointed. For those new to Rammstein then "Mutter" followed by "Sehnsucht" are better selections.
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You have to give them credit for sticking to their principles and singing in their own language. It does add extra power to their work as a whole.
Reise, Reise is a storming opener that makes the hairs on the back of your neck start to crawl.
Mein Teil hits you right from the start and is power metal at its very best. You are what you eat.
Dalai Lama and Keine Lust continue at a lower pace.
Los is a brilliant play on the German language and a slower track that leads to Amerika.
The English language intro to Amerika is precursor of the verbal bashing the USA are to receive. Translated lyrics include "When there's dancing I want to lead, even if you're whirling around alone. " well hardly alone with Tony. "We're all living in America Coca-Cola, sometimes war."
Moskau sees the other old power getting a bashing to even things out, with a Russian chorus added.
Morgenstern is a more melodic track.
Stein um Stein is a wonderful track with a powerful chorus. It's about building a house the Fred West way, walling someone up inside. Ending in a scream.
Ohne Dich "Without You" is a beautiful ballad. "Without you I count the hours without you,With you the seconds stand still.They aren't worth it." Even without the translation it is a stunning track and show that Till's vocals can cross the language barrier.
Amour is a slow ballad
The tracks I play most are Reise, Reise, Amerika, Mein Teil and Ohne Dich. Amerika being my favourite as it shows the Germans do have a great sense of humour.
This record has something for everyone. I got into Rammstein from picking up Mutter and from the opening track Mein Herz Brennt I was hooked.
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on 27 June 2017
Never really listened to Rammstein before but Planet Rock decided to play Amerika a few times a while ago. Based off that song I decided to buy into this album. I have absolutely 0 regrets. I love this album and it's actually tempting me to learn some German.
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on 20 November 2013
Not heard Rammstein before? Then you have to try Reise, Reise.
Yes, I know the cover looks a bit dull - that's my only criticism - but the variety of these tracks show the band at it's best and, from the whispered Ahoi in Reise, Reise to the last scream in Stein um Stein (cleverly placed before the gentle, beautiful Ohne dich*), give full range to Till Lindemann's amazing voice.
Its hard to pick out favourite tracks, they are all so good, something for most moods and I love the band's use of humour/sarcasm. With a couple of great guitar riffs Los has a pared down almost accoustic feel and I would'nt mind having Mr. Lindemann singing Amour for me. So give it a try and see what you think.
*If you don't have a tear in your eye after watching the official video for this track then you don't have a heart.
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on 12 November 2014
Born to be a Black Sabbath fan but I can't rate this album highly enough. If you like heavy, melodical and technically laden music I recommend Reise, Reise and Mutter. I can't stop playing both albums. Although the majority of the songs are sang in German (and I don't speak German) the singer Till Lindemann sings with such passion and range you can't help but try to sing along. The guitarists, keyboard player and rhythm section play in perfect time with each other and are amazing to hear. Can't wait to collect the rest of their albums. 10/10.
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on 24 May 2018
I remember listening to Mutter back in school ages ago, I've always liked Rammstein but only recently decided to buy a few more of their albums! I love this album, the first 3 tracks are great, especially Dalai Lama. Keine Lust is also a decent track. Recommend to any Rammstein fan.
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on 28 April 2015
Another great album, got to say I do like buying Albums from Amazon directly normally as you get the MP3 instantly as well, as soon as the CD arrives it is copied to lossless format on my library and then put in a drawer never to be seen again... but I still like owning them
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