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SOME BANDS entertain, Rammstein destroy!

There are so few legends left to be written in the world of music. There are so few genuine rock monsters waiting to take up the mantle created by the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Well, look no more: enter the dragon, enter Rammstein!

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  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: January 13, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slash
  • ASIN: B0000057C5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sehnsucht
2. Engel
3. Tier
4. Bestrafe Mich
5. Du Hast
6. Buck Dich
7. Spiel Mit Mir
8. Klavier
9. Alter Mann
10. Eifersucht
11. Kuss Mich (Fellfrosch)

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There's not a big precedent for German bands succeeding in theUnited States, the '80s bombast-rock of the Scorpions notwithstanding. Rammstein, however, may be the macho men to get the job done, at least in a concert setting. Decidedly Teutonic and militant in sound and lyrics--they sing in German and their commanding semi-industrial metal is compelling--Rammstein garnered rock-radio airplay for the catchy sing-along "Du Hast," which translates here as "You Have" and bears a striking musical resemblance to the Golden Earring tune "Twilight Zone." While Sehnsucht's 11 songs are solid, it's the live shows where everything gels. There, KISS pyrotechnics and disturbing NIN-like images, for example, complement Rammstein's forceful music. Without the visual stimuli, Sehnsucht (which means "longing") is still a strong effort, but live is where the album's Germanic gems really shine. --Katherine Turman

Customer Reviews

The heavy guitar riffs are perfect with Till Lindemann's vocals.
I really love the music, and because I understand German, it makes it that much better!
Keith Lang
I highly recommend Sehnsucht when you're an open-minded Metal fan.
Rick van der Ham

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Maarz on October 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was thinking of giving this cd 4 stars but no- it's a five star deserver. This was the first cd I ever heard of them, I heard it at work one day and loved it. My co-worker gave it to me but I really didn't appreciate it until later. I used to only listen to the songs "Engel" and "Du Hast" but then it broke and I had to get it again. Now, with a brand new copy, I am content at last and listen to the whole cd with much love and affection. The first version I had contained two bonus tracks: English versions of "Engel" and "Du Hast" whereas my new cd contains the one bonus track "Stripped". Let's get started, shall we?

1. Sehnsucht (Longing): Longing is so cruel! You were right when you wrote these lyrics, Till. This starting song of the cd is just so BAM! It's got the perfect amount of energy and umph that every cd needs to capture ones' attention. I loved the mixed in wailing/singing voice in the background. It's just so catchy. Everyone with me now: "Sehnsucht!" >O

2. Engel (Angel): "God knows I don't want to be an angel" states the lyrics during the chorus. This is like, the only song I know where they have a woman singing with them. I wonder what happened off cd between the singers... OH! Sorry. Um, it's a really clever song, I love the whistling that Flake mixed in. Probably a keyboard filter, but you never know. In the english version they had to re-write the lyrics and so I didn't care for it as much. When a band has to change what their song is about to appeal to other people that's just sad. We should all be open to everything.

3: Tier (Beast): The song about the beast that dwells inside every man. Ooooh, catchy and fast with a great opening and chorus.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most people became Rammstein fans or checked into Rammstein after hearing the song "Du Hast" on the radio. That might be this German group's biggest hit single, but there are several other very good songs on here, and the album as a whole is also very good. And honestly, who cares what "du hast" means? Let it mean whatever you want it to mean! Or just ignore the lyrics, and listen to that song because it's catchy and has good music.

Rammstein have always been a solid and underrated/overlooked band, because most Americans can't get past the language barrier. I'll admit, I couldn't either, at first, but then I started listening to it just for the music and I started to really like "Sehnsucht."

"Sehnsucht" is the sound of industrial metal done right. Rammstein aren't heavy on the synthesizers; they riff more than some industrial bands (i.e. Nine Inch Nails) would ever dream of. But, unlike some (other) metal bands, Rammstein actually have rhythm. The riffs aren't dominating or super heavy; they make a "chugga chugga" sound, which often makes the rhythms worthy of a toe-tapping. And sprinkle on some keyboards and bells, and the result is an album which is truly worthy of the label "dance metal."

The title track tosses in some beeping, buzzing synths in between the heavy chugging guitar riffs and thumping drums. There's a good, mechanical vibe flowing throughout this song, and this song also has a catchy refrain.

"Engel" falls into a top-tapping groove, when the guitars and synths kick in, but this song is a personal favorite because it uses some pretty female vocals well.

The beginning and end of "Tier" sounds partially acoustic, and the middle has more fast, rhythmic chugging guitars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Rammestein is one of the most original hard rock bands in the market. In a music scene where a lot of bands cut and paste from others Rammestein are one of the rare few which stand on their own. Well, when your lead singer sounds like the goddamn cookie monster (Till Lindemann)that can't really be too hard. But that's not all. Behind their head stomping, muscular tunes that can make your testorine levels soar into new heighs just through hearing some songs (Try Buck Dich, then you'll know what I mean) Rammestein are extremly musically talented. With songs liked Engel and DuHast they made the synthesisers their trademark. Also their guitar work is brutal, atmospheric and assault you like a thunderstorm (eg: the opener Sensucht, again Du-Hast and the brilliant Spiel Mit Mir). But all the other reviewers were correct: Live is where Rammestein are at their most brutal best. Their pyrotechnics, the thumping guitars, the eeire synthesisers all coordiante together to create a visual and listening experience I never seen before. Please get the Family Values tour video and see them perform Buck Dicsh. This album made me a true believer in Rammestein, (I purchased their fist album Herezeleid, the following say) and hard rock. They are a very cold breath of fresh air.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John A. Murphy on May 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Okay, here's a tip: As a fluent German speaker, I understand their lyrics. I also know that most of the translations you find online are dreadful. Rammstein uses a highly idiomatic language from Berlin, and it's rather colorful. If you don't get it, it's hard to translate. "Du Hast" means "You Have". The song, however, has to do with rejection. Hence, "You Hate". Sehnsucht means "longing", and that's what this album is all about.

Sehnsucht is Rammstein's first "commercial" album. It lyrics are painful, and for the most part about, well, "sehnsucht". The rhythms are a blend of punk, techno, heavy metal, and industrial. There's a primal feel to all of their music, and this album is certainly a good example of it.

One reviewer said it's repetative. So what? So is Phillip Glass. So is Iron Maiden. The Beatles had trouble getting away from a I-IV-V-I progression. Rammstein is doing it for effect. This is very sexual music, and the rhythms reflect that. (If you understood the German, and Berlin idioms, it's a whole lot easier to pick this up.)

Rammstein's lyrics are no worse, and are probably better, than most metal bands floating around the world today. "Du Hast" hit the airwaves the same time as Korn's "adidas", the lyrics of which are as juvenile as they get.

Rammstein is melodic, dark, primal, and, sometimes very witty. They mask quite a few things in ironies, a literary device the Germans haven't forgotten. Check out this album, and then go pick up the other ones.
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