For the demographic who take Rammstein a bit more seriously, the first word in European industrial metal resurface this year with a brooding new 11 song album that does justice to the rest of their previous material. Though Liebe Ist Fuer Alle Da doesn't see the band peddling exactly the same, rest assured the familiar ingredients that made Rammstein one of heavy metal's most familiar brands are out in grandiose form on this, uh, seventh album?
Cutting to the chase now, in true Rammstein fashion the curtains are raised with equal amounts of bombast and aplomb as hair-raising orchestration introduce 'Rammlied,' which translates as 'The Rammstein Song.' If you think Manowar were self indulgent, feel your skin tingle as the sextet champion their cause on this one. Never mind the German, 'Rammlied' is tons of fun with its enormous shout-along chorus and sheer epic nature. The same goes for the ensuing tracks and it isn't until the dumbed down 'Backstabu' that the German sextet strip away the non-essentials for a hypnotizing melody that delivers menacing musical gratification.
'Fruhling In Paris' lets the emotional syrup run thick and brings to mind visions of the overrated French capital draped in springtime's golden sunlight. Romantic stuff, a bit tender as well. Mr. Till Lindmann, he of the oh-so-deep vocals, and his fabulous crew retrace their steps for the predictably neanderthal heaviness of 'Wiener Blut' where the lyrics start to smell—they may be chopping a virgin to pieces on the cover, but horrific the lyrical content of this album is certainly not. Go ahead and give 'Pussy' a listen. This reviewer won't even entertain that song's content.
So the Rammstein the world has loved since the single 'Du Hast' made them uber-famous climax themselves on the title track and 'Mehr,' both songs being exercises in air tight formulaic songcraft. Once spent dishing out the muscle, the band relax with a total softie 'Roter Sand' that finishes the album with a yawn. By preferring to continue a formula that has worked in the past, Rammstein once again frolic through a musical world of their own for 2009's Liebe Ist Fuer Alle Da It's not a bad thing at all considering how they display themselves here so fashionably. Without a doubt, these former East German pervs have come out on top yet again.