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Rammstein

Rammstein, Germany's answer to the Rolling Stones and Metallica has returned with Reise, Reise (Journey, Journey or Voyage, Voyage). Following a rumored breakup, Rammstein's first album in three years is dynamic and shows a band who has matured in their signature sound.

The most noticeable step forward comes from vocalist Till Lindemann. Normally barking lyrics like a dictator, Lindemann introduces actual melodies to correlate with every moment of every song. During the album's title track, Lindemann's vocals build in the chorus perfectly with the melodramatic orchestration of the music. Also, in "Mein Teil" ("My Tool"), Lindemann sounds like a possessed animal during the verses before switching back to his muscular form in the choruses.

Not known for being a political band, Rammstein steps into new territory with "Amerika." The song offers an outsider's perspective on American politics and governmental affairs. The only bilingual track on the album, "Amerika" features Lindemann hysterically using such words in the chorus as "Wunderbar," "Coca-Cola" and "Wonderbra."

In an attempt to not follow any trends from their three previous albums, Rammstein introduces acoustic play with "Los" ("Lets Go"). The unplugged track demonstrates a relaxed band not afraid of taking a risk.

All 11 tracks on Reise, Reise are unpredictable and stand out in their own unique way. Definitely their most complete effort to date, Reise, Reise can easily be considered Rammstein's Led Zeppelin IV or The Black Album. Hopefully, American audiences can take a hint from our European friends.

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