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Rammstein - Zeit (Album Review)

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 Written by Will Marshall

Photo: Bryan Adams

With the German metal titans having taken a decade to follow 2009’s ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ with 2019’s untitled album, nobody expected a new Rammstein album so soon, and there was naturally a worry that the band might be phoning it in with such a short turnaround. But they have never been ones to do what is expected, and with ‘Zeit’ they’re again out to prove that.

Opening with Armee der Tristen, where pulsating synths and an industrial stomp carry the unmistakable Rammstein groove, Till Lindemann’s iconic baritone surges into the fray. The next two songs, the title track and Schwarz, however, detour from this template significantly and offer a far more contemplative mood, particularly Zeit, which laments loss and the passage of time.

The normally grandiose, imperious band have clearly been affected by the last few years, and use it as fuel to deliver a far more emotional album than might have been expected, especially given the short time between releases. 

That’s not to say it’s all balladry and contemplation, though. Second single Zick Zack, with its accompanying music video, mixes in a techno beat to their Neue Deutsche Härte blueprints amid themes of seeking perfection or delaying the march of time through plastic surgery. Dicke Titten, meanwhile, brings in the sounds of a marching band to its stomping, pompous chorus. 

Another curveball is reserved for the heavily autotuned singing of Lügen, which still manages to retain its industrial edge. The closing Adieu is classically ambiguous—is it just the close to an album or is it more: a band bowing out on their own terms, in their own time? Swan song or not, this is Rammstein at their most honest and imperious.

Rammstein Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri May 20 2022 - LEIPZIG Red Bull Arena (Germany)
Sat May 21 2022 - LEIPZIG Red Bull Arena (Germany)
Wed May 25 2022 - KLAGENFURT Woertherseestadion (Austria)
Mon May 30 2022 - ZURICH Stadion Letzingrund (Switzerland)
Tue May 31 2022 - ZURICH Stadion Letzingrund (Switzerland)
Sat June 04 2022 - BERLIN Olympiastadion (Germany)
Sun June 05 2022 - BERLIN Olympiastadion (Germany)
Fri June 10 2022 - STUTTGART Mercedes Benz Arena (Germany)
Sat June 11 2022 - STUTTGART Mercedes Benz Arena (Germany)
Tue June 14 2022 - HAMBURG Volksparkstadion (Germany)
Wed June 15 2022 - HAMBURG Volksparkstadion (Germany)
Sat June 18 2022 - DUSSELDORF Merkur Spiel Arena (Germany)
Sun June 19 2022 - DUSSELDORF Merkur Spiel Arena (Germany)
Wed June 22 2022 - AARHUS Ceres Park (Denmark)

Sun June 26 2022 - COVENTRY Ricoh Arena
Thu June 30 2022 - CARDIFF Principality Stadium

Mon July 04 2022 - NIJMEGEN Goffertpark (Netherlands)
Fri July 08 2022 - LYON Groupama Stadium (France)
Sat July 09 2022 - LYON Groupama Stadium (France)
Tue July 12 2022 - TURIN Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino (Italy)
Sat July 16 2022 - WARSAW PGE Narodowy (Poland)
Wed July 20 2022 - TALLINN Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Estonia)
Sun July 24 2022 - OSLO Bjeke Travbane (Norway)
Fri July 29 2022 - GOTHENBURG Ullevi Stadium (Sweden)
Sat July 30 2022 - GOTHENBURG Ullevi Stadium (Sweden)
Wed August 03 2022 - OSTEND Park De Nieuwe Koers (Belgium)

Sun August 21 2022 - MONTREAL Quebec - Parc Jean Drapeau (Canada)
Sat August 27 2022 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - U.S. Bank Stadium (USA)
Wed August 31 2022 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Lincoln Financial Field (USA)
Sat September 03 2022 - CHICAGO Illinois - Soldier Field (USA)
Tue September 06 2022 - EAST RUTHERFORD New Jersey - MetLife Stadium (USA)
Fri September 09 2022 - FOXBOROUGH Massachusetts - Gillette Stadium (USA)
Sat September 17 2022 - SAN ANTONIO Texas - Alamodome (USA)
Fri September 23 2022 - LOS ANGELES California - Los Angeles Coliseum (USA)
Sat September 24 2022 - LOS ANGELES California - Los Angeles Coliseum (USA)

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