LIVE AUS BERLIN
ALBUM MOTOR RELEASE: AUGUST 30, 1999 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 6, 1999
Musically Rammstein have never been especially interesting. Except for some fairly catchy tunes, like "Heirate Mich" and "Engel", they've mostly made some kind of dull and humour-spiked crossover. You've heard it a million times before and today the excitement just seems very distant.
The relative success of Rammstein depends to some extent on a rather spectacular live show. Their performance on stage is an undeniably entertaining pyrotechnic adventure. So the release of "Live aus Berlin" doesn't come as a big surprise. But the transmission of a live experience to an album has always been somewhat of an impossible mission. Accordingly, a live album worth buying is almost as rare to find as a virgin on Reeperbahn.
This album is no exception. What is concealed on stage by an abundance of special effects, becomes evident on the album. Behind the visual surface you find a pretty average band with a pretty lame vocalist.