Live Aus Berlin [DVD] review by Rammstein

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  • Released: Apr 4, 2000
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (21 votes)
Rammstein: Live Aus Berlin [DVD]

Sound — 9
Metal/industrial/techno at it's best! The sound on this DVD is very good. The distortion is jagged and visceral, the vocals are haunting, the keyboard/synth adds a techno feel to the music, and the drums are played fine. Unfortunately, the bass is almost nonexistent on most songs. A couple of the songs sound repeptive (with only minutely varied riffs), but most of the songs explore completely different styles and mix them effortlessly to produce a blend of sound that is so hard to categorize.

Content — 8
The DVD's content is a very good buy for the money. You get an hour and a half of live music, a lengthy interview, some alternate camera angles, and a hidden cover of "Stripped" by Depeche Mode. The set list is as follows: 01. Spiel Mit Mir 02. Herzeleid 03. Bestrafe Mich 04. Weires Fleisch 05. Sehnsucht 06. Asche Zu Asche 07. Wilder Wein 08. Klavier 09. Heirate Mich 10. Du Reichst So Gut 11. Du Hast 12. Engel 13. Rammstein 14. Tier 15. Laichzeit 16. Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen? 17. Seemann The US DVD version had the song "Buch Dich" cut because of the graphic scene during the performance, if you want to see it you must get the VHS version). There is a wide variety of songs from the albums, and there wasn't a single song that I wanted to be included that wasn't, which is very hard to do. It offers a wide range of sounds, and doesn't leave anything out.

Production Quality — 7
The production quality of the band itself is amazing. Pyrotechnics galore; the band fearures flame throwers, microphones on fire, band members on fire, and just about any other variation of 'fire' you can think of. The production quality of the mixers/tech's however is not so good. The bass is all but gone (except on songs with bass leads), and it's blantantly obvious where they have added in backing vocals. The camera work is also a bit shoddy; they sometimes change cameras at a frenetic pace, almost causing you to get dizzy. Luckily some songs have alternate angles, but on most songs they show far too much crowd and not enough guitar or synth.

Overall Impression — 8
Rammstein isn't a band for the faint of heart, and their shocking stage theatrics, mature (and sometimes disturbing) lyrics, and pounding sound will turn off most of the casual observers. This is definitly not a DVD for children (especially the uncensored version), and people new to the band would probably be better suited buying the audio CD version of this so they can focus on the music first and not the wild theatrics. With that said, if you like Rammstein, this is for you. My favorite things are the nice pyrotechnics, and excellent choice of songs from their first few albums. The things I could do without are the seizure inducing camera shifts and the blurring that is sometime appearant from all the smoke on stage. If this DVD was lost, I would buy it again because it is somthing that is a perfect compliment to any Rammstein fans collection.

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