Saturday, February 01, 2014


Possibly the leading act of the Neue Deutsche Härte genre that first emerged in the mid-1990s, Berlin collective Rammstein professes a brand of industrial metal that is brutally efficient, highly disciplined and shorn of any unnecessary musical histrionics. What distinguished Rammstein from other like-minded acts is their penchant for incorporating inventive samples and synth-pop-influenced synth tones into their song structures, adding interesting textures to an otherwise straightforward artistic palette. This has earned them a small but fiercely devoted fan base that has eagerly lapped up the band's output since its seminal 1996 debut, 'Herzeleid', and also established them as one of the premier Teutonic metal groups, alongside contemporaries like  Laibach and Megaherz. Check out the video to Rammstein's creative cover of Depeche Mode's eletro-pop standard 'Stripped', replete with imagery heavily inspired by Leni Riefenstahl's controversial propaganda flick 'Triumph of the Will'.


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