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Rammstein - Ich Tu Dir Weh

by Deany Sevigny Rating:7 Release Date:2010-02-15

Arguably the pioneers of sexually-charged industrial metal (or neue Deutsche härte, a term invented by the German music press after the release of their first album), Rammstein are admirably without shame or subtlety. Their latest offering 'Ich Tu Dir Weh' follows this trend to the letter. It's nothing we haven't heard before, but somehow Rammstein are also pretty damned good at keeping dedicated listeners hooked from the off, regardless of subject matter or content repetition.

'Ich Tu Dir Weh' literally translates as 'I Hurt You', as those prolific in German (most of the fanbase) will tell you. The subject matter is as abrupt as the title: lead singer Till Lindemann explains 'I'm not sorry' with such unapologetic vindication, and expresses how 'it does you good' before inviting you to 'hear how it screams'. A masochist's wet dream, clearly!

Opening with a beautifully ethereal synth, those unenlightened amongst the listeners would be forgiven for thinking Gary Newman had lent a hand and gone back to his simpler, stripped-down synthpop sound - before the guitars kick in and shatter all preconceptions. In fact, it's almost identical to Gary Newman's sound today. But then again, most industrial metal with 'gothic' leanings are only capable of being told apart by their lyrical content. The rest is usually quite interchangeable.

But I digress. There's no harm in sticking to the tried-and-tested within a genre that, a lot of the time, disallows much innovation or deviation from the basic rules. Industrial metal needs grinding guitar riffs, stomping drum beats, synth, samples, and sequencers; otherwise it just ain't industrial metal. And it can't be denied that Rammstein infuse all of those elements with incredible skill (hey, they've been doing this for a while now).

'Ich Tu Dir Weh' itself is an enjoyably epic number from their latest album Liebe ist für Alle Da (Love is There for Everyone) and a release that's fitting to their repertoire. For a band that had the audacity to release a special edition box-set of this album complete with five dildos of various sizes and shapes, handcuffs, and lubricant, then a stomping anthem unapologetically describing the sado-masochistic fantasies someone performs to the object of his - erm- affection is truly the lesser of two controversies.

Dean Birkett

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