APRIL 29th 2017
RAMMSTEIN: PARIS

We, at MetalTitans, got an exclusive opportunity to sit down, relax, and review the upcoming live DVD from Germany’s own, RAMMSTEIN.  The piece is called, “RAMMSTEIN: PARIS” and is set for a release date of May 19th, but you can currently pre-order from the Rammstein shop below:

https://www.rammsteinshop.us/en/catalog/Visuals-Sounds/DVD-Blu-Ray.html

That being said, allow me to begin this review with some history of both the band, but also director, Jonas Akerlund. Let’s start with Rammstein, who formed back in 1994 in Berlin, Germany, and throughout the existence of the band, all 6 members have remained original, and those gentlemen are:

Till Lindemann – Vocals
Richard Z. Kruspe – Guitars
Paul H. Landers – Guitars
Oliver “Ollie” Riedel – Bass
Christoph “Doom” Schneider – Drums
Christian “Flake” Lorenz – Keyboards

The band initially inspired by Richard Kruspe when in 1989, he fled East Germany and moved to West Germany and formed his own band, but musically wasn’t what he wanted. He was heavily influenced by the American rock music wave by bands like KISS, and soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kruspe moved back to East Germany with roommates, Riedel and Schneider, who collaborated and formed a project in 1994. Kruspe met Lindemann, and persuaded him to join the act, in which he joined forces and they called their band Rammstein-Flugschau (Rammstein Airshow). The band later decided to change the name to Rammstein, which with the extra “m” in the name, translates to “ramming stone”. Landers joined in the action once Rammstein entered a contest to record a four-song demo at a recording studio, and shortly after hearing that material, Landers joined in. Later, to add a more unique, distinct sound, they acquired Lorenz for that “edge”, and not long after that, Rammstein signed to Motor Records and Rammstein was born! The success of the band began to rise, with all their published work going through Universal Music Group and selling over 35 million albums worldwide to date, helped establish Germany’s most successful rock band of all time. Over the past few years, Rammstein performance wise, has set themselves apart from a majority of rock bands with loads of pyro, special effects, even visual demonstrations by the members themselves, ranging from “Dick cannons” spitting foam, to crawling around on leashes being whipped by a member dressed as a woman. You can probably name it, and Rammstein has done it onstage, around the world. There is no band quite like these guys when it comes to their shows. I personally saw and photographed them back in 2012, and wow… nothing since then, has come anywhere close to that experience.

For director, Jonas Akerlund, starting his career in 1983 as drummer of Bathory (1983-84), but also his film career, directing Candlemass’ first video, “Bewitched”.  The Swedish director since that video, has grown substantially , and has worked with artists and bands from around the globe  of all genres, like Madonna, Paul McCartney, Rammstein, Ozzy Osbourne, even Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The man’s videography catalog goes on and on, and looking at it myself, all the videos I see listed and know of, I can visualize and say to myself, “these are all artistic masterpieces” . In 1998, his video direction for Madonna’s “Ray of Light” won the Grammy award in 1999 for “Best Short Form Music Video”, infact,  Jonas has won countless awards for his work. The man has even jumped into the world of documentary work, films, and TV Commercials. The diverse career of Jonas, is unbelievable, and watching his recent film style and artistic edge with this new DVD, fans are going to be blown away with how visually amazing this DVD really is.

Speaking of DVD, shall I jump into my opinion on this piece? From start to finish, this visual masterpiece of one of the biggest, yet controversial rock bands out there, blows your mind. The DVD was filmed over 2 acclaimed concerts in Paris, France in front of 17,000 fans from their “Made in Germany” tour back in 2012. The band leads in with a long, dramatic entrance walking throughout the audience with Riedel leading the way with a torch and the others behind as the crowd surrounding them cheers them on every step of the way. Opening with “Sonne”, a song that’s both heavy, yet melodic, bringing the crowd to a slow rise of excitement, but not too much as the set time consists of 128 minutes, aka, 22 songs, and they know how to keep their audience charged from beginning to end. Playing a wide variety of songs from all their catalog, and of course, having their dramatic, yet awesome pyro show to accommodate makes watching this DVD easy, but add Akerlund behind the directing, you know you are in for a visual display that is unlike any other. He managed to make a Rammstein concert, which is already bad ass, look and sound more bad ass, which I personally did not think was possible. Using visual effects alongside with the artistic filming angles of the band using profile shots layered over full stage shots, give the performance an element of art, versus just another average “live DVD”. Some of the tracks, Akerlund left alone effects wise, being the smart director he is, he knows some of the pyro speaks for itself without overkill of video effects, like for “Feuer Frei” or “Buch Dich”, the visual from the band alone, is enough to satisfy the fans, with things like Face Fire Cannons shooting fire at least 10 feet in the air, and a dick going into Flake’s ass?... yeah, you read that right. Well, that’s how us Rammstein fans like our metal I guess, haha! Don’t forget us fans also like lots of explosions and fire, which for the track “Du Hast”, there was no shortage of firework explosions, like ones being shot along a wire from the front of the room to the back of the room, then to the front again shooting fire from above the band, that pyro, blows me away every time. Of course, no “Du Hast” performance goes without the audience singing the track word for word, and their timing with the music, was right on time with the band, that was priceless. For various other tracks, however, Akerlund managed to add just the right amount of visual effects, like giving Till a serpent’s tongue, or layering footage of a topless woman dancing with an American flag over the full stage shot performance for “Amerika”, whatever the effect, Akerlund executed it perfectly.  The effects do not take away from the performance, in fact, they add a whole other atmosphere to the concert, the music and the artistry complement one another extremely well. It made me start to love Rammstein more than I ever did before. That says a lot, since nowadays, with live performances being released to DVD quite a lot these days, it takes a lot to impress me, but this blew me away from both a photographer stand point, but also as a metal fan. My inner photographer fell head over heels in love with all the visual lighting, effects, tones, angles, you name it, I loved every second of it, while my metal self, loved how great the sound quality was, and how perfect the performance was executed. 

Well, I think I gave you enough to think about, without giving away the entire DVD, if you want to check this out for yourself. To put it bluntly, you need to see this, even if you aren’t the biggest Rammstein fan, the workmanship behind it, is breathtaking, and it’s a fun performance to watch and admire the art put into this release. Rammstein has even posted teaser videos of a song or two online, so check them out and see what I am talking about for yourself. Prepare to be blown away and bring this one of a kind concert experience, to your own living room.

Review Completed By: Char Tupper

Set List:
1. Intro
2. Sonne
3. Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen
4. Keine Lust
5. Sehnsucht
6. Asche Zu Asche
7. Feuer Frei!
8. Mutter
9. Mein Teil
10. Du Riechst So gut
11. Links 2-3-4
12. Du Hast
13. Haifisch
14. Bück Dich
15. Mann Gegen Mann
16. Ohne Dich
17. Mein Herz Brennt
18. Amerika
19. Ich Will
20. Engel
21. Pussy
22. Frühling In Paris

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http://www.rammstein.de/
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