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Tuesday, December 13 2011 00:00

RAMMSTEIN - MADE IN GERMANY 1995-2011 (Album Review)

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Luka82271 MadeinGermanycover 1There's a power to RAMMSTEIN that one finds irresistible, yet hard to explain. On the Global stage, they're one of the undisputed leaders of metallic sound delivery, while in the U.S. they rank as one of the few crossover artists to sing predominantly in a foreign tongue, yet maintain the audiences needed to sell-out arenas in a matter of minutes. It's easy for a band like METALLICA to sell out venues across Europe while singing in English, but the hospitality toward equally exotic sonic imports here in the 'States is a hard commodity to find. Unless, you're RAMMSTEIN.

Released this week, MADE IN GERMANY 1995-2011 is a welcome overview of the band's 16-years-and-counting as a fixture in the heavy music scene and it's industrial offshoots. Available as a single disc, double-disc, or Super Deluxe box set, MADE IN GERMANY collects the most essential hits in it's single-disc form while expanding into remix territory on the 2-disc edition. The Super Deluxe edition is for only the most extreme RAMMSTEIN fan, collecting all of the above alongside a 240-page booklet, all of the band's videos to date, and extensive making-of-features - in a steel box.

The 2-Disc Edition (in digital form) made it's way to my office a couple weeks ago and has been in constant rotation ever since. While the remixes intrigue and puzzle, it's the 16 tracks on the first disc (including the stellar new single Mein Land) that truly win - sequenced chronologically allowing one to experience the evolution of the band from past 'till present. RAMMSTEIN becomes heavier as time goes on, something best captured in their explosive live performances - all a specticle of  pyrotechnic mastery.

As the band preps a return to the States for a U.S. Tour in 2012, MADE IN GERMANY 1995-2011 is the perfect appetizer for new ears, and a great refresher for the old ones. As for their "irresistible power", they might just tap into my German roots. After all, Zahn is German for "tooth."

Made In Germany 1995 - 2011 track list
01 ENGEL
02 LINKS 2 3 4
03 KEINE LUST
04 MEIN TEIL
05 DU HAST
06 DU RIECHST SO GUT
07 ICH WILL
08 MEIN HERZ BRENNT
09 MUTTER
10 PUSSY
11 ROSENROT
12 HAIFISCH
13 AMERIKA
14 SONNE
15 OHNE DICH
16 MEIN LAND

Made in Germany 1995-2011 Remixes track list (available only with the Special and Super Deluxe editions)

01 DU RIECHST SO GUT - REMIX BY FAITH NO MORE
02 DU HAST - REMIX BY JACOB HELLNER
03 STRIPPED - REMIX BY JOHAN EDLUND (TIAMAT)
04 SONNE - REMIX BY CLAWFINGER
05 LINKS 2 3 4 - REMIX BY WESTBAM
06 MUTTER - REMIX BY SONO
07 FEUER FREI - REMIX BY JUNKIE XL
08 MEIN TEIL - REMIX BY PET SHOP BOYS
09 AMERIKA - REMIX BY OLSEN INVOLTINI
10 OHNE DICH - REMIX BY LAIBACH
11 KEINE LUST - REMIX BY BLACK STROBE
12 BENZIN - REMIX BY MESHUGGAH
13 ROSENROT - REMIX BY NORTHERN LITE
14 PUSSY - REMIX BY SCOOTER
15 RAMMLIED - REMIX BY DEVIN TOWNSEND
16 ICH TU DIR WEH - REMIX BY FUKKK OFFF
17 HAIFISCH - REMIX BY HURTS
 
Rating: 4/5 Stars
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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