Rammstein - Rammstein
What a solid debut. Terrible album cover, though. While not as artistically impressive as later Rammstein albums, they give you all the ingredients you come to expect from them from the get go. It doesn’t have the symphonic quality of an album like Reise, Reise or the polish of Mutter, but it still finds a way to be operatic at times. Maybe not in sound, but thematically. The lyrics can be very disturbing at times, and comical. I think tongue is firmly planted in cheek with Lindemann’s words.
There’s a lot of tasty synth work in this album. Sounds ripped right from the game Doom at various points. Without the guitars, this is a respectful Deutsche club album.
The guitars are not something to drool over, as far as shredding and complex chord work, but they are so fitting for the material. Another impressive element is the bass guitar work. Ollie is allowed to shine in the mix, which is rare for anything metallic.