I own no Rammstein records. All of my listening experiences from em is via burnt CD’s from ex band members, YouTube and Spotify. Recently streaming services can be added to that list as they have a few concert videos of the band showing.
For a person who doesn’t own any of their music, a band I was in between 2000 and 2005 used to cover “Du Hast” from Rammstein. And if I could get my hands on a ticket, I would go to watch em live.
So in which category do I fit in. I’m a fan, who hasn’t spent a cent on the band.
And who can forget their comeback song circa 2009 with the “Pussy” porno video clip.
So when I saw this concert on Amazon Prime I was interested to check it out.
The concert film was actually released on 19 May 2017. So I’m late to watching it.
And the concerts used for the footage are even older, filmed entirely on 6 and 7 March 2012 in Paris.
Every show was filmed with 30 cameras in front of 17,000 people. And i was surprised how big they are, so I looked at live returns for concerts and Rammstein is up there, with the big acts.
Their 2019 Europe Stadium Tour grossed 116.66 million Euro’s from 31 shows. Each show had an average attendance of 41,715 people.
The whole start of the concert is like a ritual. A funeral march. Almost scary.
Remember those movies scenes when people are clothed in black, holding a candle and leading/taking someone to their sacrifice. Well that’s how Rammstein begins their concert.
They walk out into the audience from a side door and make their way to a bridge which connects the main stage to a smaller stage in the middle of the GA floor attendees.
And once they plug in and play, you get to see how massive their live show is.
Apart from the normal fire and pyro which most bands do, they also wear suits which produces pyro and Fire.
Fire also comes out from under the stage so you don’t want to be standing in the wrong place.
Fire comes out from the microphone stands. From flame thrower guns. From face masks they wear. Pyro also comes from props they hold.
And they have steam jets all over the stage and under the stage. Plus massive industrial fans.
Their riffs are head banging and bone crunching. I have no idea what they are singing about but I couldn’t take my eyes from the TV.
Vocalist Till Lindemann is unsettling in appearance and stage presence, demented and looking like he escaped from an asylum
In the “Mein Teil” (My Part) song, Lindemann comes out all bloody and looking like he decapicated someone, which is fitting for a song dubbed “The Cannibal Song”.
The keyboard player Christian Lorenz is walking on a treadmill as he plays. It looks bizarre but it works.
There’s a fake cock which Lindemann produces in the song “Buck Dich” which means “Bend Over” and it starts squirting piss all over the audience. Even the drummer gets a mouthful of fake piss.
“Mein Herz brennt” (“My heart burns”) has an excellent Kashmir like groove.
In “Engel (Angel)”, Lindemann is wearing Angel wings that spit fire and pyro.
I didn’t understand a word, but the music was excellent and the theatrics/stage show was massive.
Du. Du hast.
It can mean you hate or you have depending on context. So you’ll either hate Rammstein or you’ll need their controversy. The fact they never conformed and did an English vocal album shows their resilience and mentality. And it didn’t stop them from filling arenas all over the world.
And Till Lindemann. Wow.
So unsettling in appearance. And man, doesn’t he know how to push buttons. He said in an interview on the “Metal Evolution” episodes, he doesn’t know what else to do to shock people anymore on stage, except kill someone.
Du. Du hast.