Headlining the Sunday night and closing Download Festival 2013 are Rammstein. We had loads of ideas as to what their best song is, but TH deputy ed, Hugh had a very firm idea about which of the German powerhouse’s six albums is his favourite, so here’s 300-odd words on exactly the album you think he’s going to talk about.
Here’s what Hugh has to say about his favourite Rammstein album:
“Rammstein’s back catalogue might not have the breadth of Iron Maiden’s near-40 year career, nor the barrier-bursting intensity that Slipknot’s decade-plus at the top of the nu-metal tree, but when it comes to metal festival headliners, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a band with a catalogue so willfully iconoclastic. Rammstein don’t follow, they don’t lead, they stand solo. They are one of the few bands who can genuinely claim to be peerless.”
“There are arguments for most of the Neue Deutsche Härte outfit’s releases could be considered their best – from 1997 Sehnsuct’s breakthrough quality (because what metal club doesn’t drop ‘Du Hast’ now and again?), to the accomplished, more considered songwriting of 2009’s Liebe ist für alle da (and yes, we’re including ‘Pussy’ in that assessment – it’s got a dry wit to it that almost no other metal song could boast), but the real star in Rammstein’s discography is the album that first saw the band take to arenas here in the UK. We’re talking about 2001’s phenomenal Mutter.”
“From the first time we saw the iconic (and we don’t use that word lightly) video to ‘Sonne’, we knew that this record was something special. The rabid, manic energy of ‘Feuer frei!’, the dramatic opener in the form of ‘Mein Herz brennt’, or the emotionally-drive title track itself, this is an album that defies you to pick one single highlight. This balance of thumping, industrial aggression with the delicate, almost unexpected emotional bitterness that runs through much of the record gives it both collective identity, and a strident power that sets it apart from the rest of Rammstein’s releases. It is by any measure a true modern classic.”
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Vote for your favourite Rammstein album in the poll below and tell us your own tantalising Teutonic tales in a comment below.