Could they possibly out-do ‘Sehnsucht’? Yes, they could. It was apparent from the very first bars of album opener ‘Mein Herz Brennt’, the orchestration slowly uncurling to eventually unleash one of the most jaw-dropping album intros I’ve ever experienced. The military march of ‘Links 2 3 4’ takes things up a gear, leading neatly into the huge, all-encompassing anthemics of ‘Sonne’. The more straightforward (indeed almost radio-friendly!) ‘Ich Will’ then takes us through to the fiery, no-holds-barred tanzmetal blast of ‘Feuer Frei!’. And we’re not even halfway through yet!
The albums centrepiece is the more personal ‘Mutter’, before the enchanting (yet highly disturbing) nursery rhyme-esque ‘Spieluhr’. Track 8, ‘Zwitter’ refers to hermaphrodites, and remains one of the few German songs to make me laugh out loud BEFORE looking up the translation. The obligatory ‘sexual’ track follows in the form of ‘Rein Raus’ before one final surge across the eardrums with ‘Adios’ and the delicate lead-out of ‘Nebel’. Simply put, this album delivers everything Rammstein promised back when they first formed in the mid-1990s, and remains one of the most highly rated albums in the history of this site.