One would hardly think that a German metal band could create a stir in the U.S. these days, but believe it or not Rammstein has in the last few years. With their unique blend of crushing metal, funk grooves, techno beats, and thick German vocals, Rammstein puts together a sound so infectious that you can't help but jump up and down in manic fury. Looking at recent sales figures, it seems like the band has developed a solid core of fans here in the States, and one listen to Mutter and it is obvious why.
Musically, these guys are really happening. The guitars are thick and crunchy, the rhythm section lays down some heavy grooves, and there are plenty of keyboards that add loads of different textures to each track. In a way I am reminded of a combination of Faith No More and Braindance, which may sound strange, but those are the closest comparisons I can think of. The one thing some listeners might have a problem with are the German vocals, which at times are a tad harsh and somewhat robotic sounding. I found after a few listens you get used to them, as the songs are just a perfect combination of bone crushing metal and catchy song structures. You'll find yourself singing along to the German lyrics of such classics as "Rein Raus" and "Fever Frei!" after only a few spins, and banging your head to boot.
Supposedly Rammstein puts on a completely over-the-top live show that rivals Kiss, so be on the lookout for these teutonic wonders on their next tour of the U.S., and pick up a copy of Mutter while you are at it.