Sound — 10
The sound of Reise Reise is more raw sounding than the predecessor Mutter. Though the strings are present there is greater emphasis on the guitar riffs which seem to be more present then ever creating a heavy sounding almost nu-metal feel to the album. Some critics have labelled it in the now seemingly overcrowded goth metal genre something which I don't really see but overall the sound is well polished to an extent where every instrument is heard accordingly and in time and rhythm.
Lyrics — 10
As various members of Rammstein have commented it is this album where Till really shines! Not only has he explored different techniques (a raised high distorted voice on Mein Teil) He has also had to adapt his voice to new styles such as down tuned guitars and an acoustic number in los. However he adapts well considering the deep rusk voice. The lyrics composed see Rammstein taking a normal approach with dark, romantic lyrics being chosen as well as the normal controversial lyrics as well.
Overall Impression — 10
Rammstein have progressed with each album adopting new styles to perfect a sound and this is a fighting comeback for a band that were always going to struggle to beat the incredible album of Mutter. But they have adapted and changed and though they can't beat Mutter they have just about matched it. But only just! For fans who adored Mutter this album can really be seen as a hit or miss record due to the expectations. For fans who adore Rammstein and the overall Rammstein sound its great to see this dark and often misunderstood band return.