Sound — 10
Rammstein completely shrug off any "German Metal" cliches with their new effort Rosenrot. Rosenrot, which translated means Rose Red, is basically Reise Reise pt. 2, which should come as no surprise to fans, since it's made up of some tracks that were cut from Reise, Reise. That being said, tracks that weren't good enough for one album put in another usually doesn't spell anything good but not in the case of this album, simply taking these tracks and expanding on them. No track on this album doesn't sound epic. Rammstein has a gift for taking these songs and turning them from three chord peices into larger then life masterpeices. Not to mention they bring in a whole new set of influences to enrich this album. From Mexican horns to Sharleen Spiteri in a song that sounds like it could overthrow radio stations near you, nothing on this album is less then amazing. Some of these new addons to Rammstein's creative drive might scare hardcore fans, understandably, but for a band ever growing, trying to top Du Hast would have resulted in the bands demise year's ago.
Lyrics — 9
I guess being more fluent in German then I am would have help in overall appreciation for the lyrics, but hell if they don't make the words sound damn cool. The german language itself is probably alot harder then most to make work musically but Rammstein shows no problem in intergrating it in their music. What a person can take away if they don't know the language may be a little biast at best to how they perceive it, kudos to Rammstein for a least not making the words sound stunted to the music itself.
Overall Impression — 10
Rosenrot is, in a way, what I expected. People who have heard Reise, Reise will already know what to expect, but people who still clinge to the Du Hast, crunching guitar days of this band probably won't respond well. Even Rosenrot's cover sets it up for an epic feel, and the album itself delivers on that promise. Every song has something to offer and nothing disapoints.