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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 19 November 2004
I wasn't sure what to think of this album, mainly due to the fact that when "Mutter" came out i was listneing to Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit and the rest of their ilk. All I have to say is that i am not disapointed. The 'Stein have reached new levels f weirdness as well, on the blinding track "Moskau" half of it is in Russian........and sung by a woman, but it is still a proper decent industrial song, what's going on there? I could go on, but i think you should jsut find out for yourself..........
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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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on 28 September 2004
Reise Reise (journey, journey) marks quite a distinct break from their previous releases. Its a cross between sehnsucht with raw guitars and Till's growling lyrics and Mutters more melodic basis. The music is still provocative with German cannibalism the basis for Mein Teil and the single 'Amerika' criticising america's imperialistic ways. Reise Reise is a great opener with big guitars. Dalai Lama fuses soft melodic sounds with sehnsuchts hard lyrics. Los is a great stormer of a song with great guitar riffs. Moskau i found annoying with the girl sounding like one of Tatu. Though I prefer Herzeleid and Sehnsucht its still a welcome return from Germany's premier industrial metal group.
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on 3 October 2004
Well, bought this just to add to my collection, thinking that nothing will beat Mutter, I was wrong. The tracks run off each other pretty well,including variety making it one of those albums you can listen to all the way through. RAMMSTEIN IS GUT!
Well done Rammstein, will definately see you live when you come to the UK after such a fantastic album!
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on 1 October 2004
Well, it has been a long wait since Mutter touched down, but it has been well worth the wait. Reise Reise is outstanding. From start to finish it is a masterpeice. The stand out tracks are form my view point
1) Reise Reise
2) Mein Teil
3) Los
4) Amerika
5) Moskau
6) Amour
If you listen to these tracks and are not blown away then your a fool. Mein Teil kicks your ass from start to finish and is the most complete on the album. However this is a multi lungistic venture. Moskau has some Russian embedded in it and Amerika is mostly Emglish! Finally i can understand what the hell he is saying. Don't be worried that they finally sold out by creating an english song, it is in the context of today and is purely a political gesture of how America is taking over the world.
In relation to their other albums, i have them all, i think this album is just a tiny fraction better than mutter. It seems more rounded and has a fresher feel to it. They are both better than Herzeleid and they all are better than Sehnsucht, the latter being a little too techno.
Till Lederman is the best front man in the world today. He has such a powerful voice, according to him Mein Teil was, "inspired" by the case in Germany where a guy allowed himself to be eaten alive. Remember?? Well anyway, he, Lederman!, kicks arse and you should do yourself a fovour and buy this album. I am a tight git when it comes to money and i bought it so you should too, especially if your a newcommer.
In conclusion brilliant from start to finish, with a few surprises along the way, Los being great but very differant, so go to add to basket and follow the on-screen instructions....
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on 18 February 2005
Brilliant. The best album that i have heard in a long time. Americka and Meil Teil are fantastic, although the album is very heavy it does appeal to a wide audience. Do not hesitate in your purchasing of this album. Its just quality.
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on 7 October 2004
Easily the band's most accsessible album, "Riese, Riese" can hold it's own up to the likes of "Mutter" and "Sehnsucht". Unfortunaly, it woul appear to be the bands "mature" album and while its amazing to hear the almost "epic" tracks, we do lose some of Christian Lorenz's always inventive flourishes of keyboard magic keyboard. Though not as anthemic as Mutter (could anything be more anthemic?), the band seem to move into more emotive tracks, the love ballad Amoure is one that springs to mind. However they've still packed the album with "throw you fist in the air, lead the fight for the future" tracks, such as the supurbly dark and sinister Mien Teil.
Great album!!! Worth getting!!!
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on 29 December 2017
Wrong cd in case but never mind
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on 5 October 2004
Second best album after Mutter. Same depth, not quite as fierce. Amerika has multiple meanings- listen closely. It is as much (or more) a protest against the desire to imitate as it is a straightforward protest song. Kudos to Rammstein for not taking the easy way.
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