UK (Manchester), February 2, 2010
MaidenandEddy, on february 04, 2010 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Exceptionally clear for the most part. Occasionally the vocals were drowned out by the sound of pyrotechnics and fireworks, but overall everything could be heard. Vocalist Till Lindemann sounds stronger than ever, Richard Z. Kruspe and Paul Landers could be heard note perfect and even Flake's keyboards could be heard clearly as well over Christoph Schneider's drums. There was no merging of sounds and each song sounded like the record version. Only much better. // 9
Perfomance: When you go and see Rammstein, expect three things: Pyros, pyros and, er, more pyros! The setlist was as follows:
03. Waidmann's Heil
04. Keine Lust
05. Weisses Fleisch
06. Feuer Frei!
07. Wiener Blut
08. Frhling in Paris
09. Ich tu dir weh
10. Liebe ist fr Alle da
12. Links 2 3 4
13. Du Hast
17. Ich Will
As can be seen, the setlist was very much focused on the new album, with 9 out of the 11 tracks played (only Mehr and Roter Sand didn't make the setlist), along with 9 fan favourites. Of course, the large amount of songs from the new album meant Rammstein omitted some of their most loved tracks including Mein Teil, Amerika and Asche zu Asche. Not that the crowd cared too much. Each song was responded to with a huge amount of energy and broken German singing, particularly during Du Hast where Till left most of the singing to them!
Considering I mentioned it at the start, we can't go one without mentioning the pyros. Almost every song had at least one form of flame or jet or explosion. The expected effects were there, the CO2 jets for Keine Lust and the flame masks for Feuer Frei!, along with some newer ones, such as flares dropping from the ceiling and causing a fire along the bottom of the stage during B********, modified dolls with green laser-eyes that beamed out during Wiener Blut and a phallic-shaped cannon that sprayed foam over the first ten rows of the audience as P--sy was played (imagery explanation not needed!). However, perhaps the finest two moments of the set for me didn't even involve pyros, and they were when bassist Oliver Riedel picked up a classical guitar and fingerpicked the intro to Frhling in Paris, showing off the diversity within the band, and when keyboardist Flake jumped into a rubber dinghy and was bounced across the audience during Encore song Haifisch, waving a Union Jack flag as he went to great cheers of the audience. Quite simply, you get your money's worth with a Rammstein show! // 10
Overall Impression: The performance was held at the MEN Arena in Manchester, UK, on 2nd February 2010, exactly 5 years to the day since Rammstein last started a UK leg of their tour in the UK and almost exactly 5 years to the day since they last played in Manchester. Supporting them were Combichrist, a Norwegian industrial band who describe their music as aggrotech'. They were very tight as a band and the lead singer was very energetic, however the lack of well known songs meant the crowd did not warm to them as much as they may have hoped for, despite the large cheers that greeted the end of each song.
A review in Metal Hammer said about Rammstein, Were this another band, the pyrotechnics would overwhelm The Music itselfbut Rammstein's songs are just as explosive as their stageshow. Whoever wrote that knew what they were talking about. The effects merely added to the sheer power of each song and they are definitely a band I would recommend everyone sees. Vocalist Lindemann speaks little English and with little emotion, but when he came onstage and simply said Manchester, England, thank you very much, you have been great, goodnight, you could tell he was being truthful and honest. Unlike history would have us believe, relationships between the English and the Germans aren't always bad. Roll on Sonisphere! // 10