by RammsteinRammstein


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Flamethrowers, kettledrums, and random acts of psychic violence -- these are a few of Rammstein's favorite things. Bred in the rubble of preunification East Germany, the quartet has a natural predilection for the dark spaces where ugliness and beauty meet and mate -- you know, like Wagner outfitted with all manner of electric noisemakers. Mutter, the band's third full-length, maintains the high-decibel angst, as evidenced by the grinding, gut-pummeling "Links 2,3,4," but daubs some less monochromatic colors here and there on the landscape. The prog-styled string section that blankets "Mein Herz Brennt, Mutter" is at once soothing and creepy, like the incidental music of some long-forgotten horror flick, while a preschool chorus adds a certain degree of black humor to "Spieluhr." Guitarist Richard Kruspe does a mighty fine impression of just about every item you might spy in your friendly neighborhood foundry, only rarely deigning to turn loose some standard rock progressions. That contributes greatly to Rammstein's oddball appeal, as does the immovable-force presence of singer Till Lindemann, whose guttural wails make it easy to divine the angst of his lyrics, even without a German-English dictionary.

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Release Date: 04/03/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731454963923
catalogNumber: 549639
Rank: 6704

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