Untitled Rammstein album

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Untitled
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Studio album by
Released17 May 2019
Recorded2018
StudioLa Fabrique (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France)
Genre
Length46:20
Language
  • German
  • Latin
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Russian
LabelUniversal
Producer
  • Olsen Involtini
  • Rammstein
Rammstein chronology
Rammstein: Paris
(2017)
Untitled
(2019)
Rammstein studio album chronology
Liebe ist für alle da
(2009)
Untitled
(2019)
Singles from this album
  1. "Deutschland"
    Released: 28 March 2019
  2. "Radio"
    Released: 26 April 2019
  3. "Ausländer"
    Released: 28 May 2019

The untitled seventh studio album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, titled Rammstein (stylized in all caps) on digital platforms, was released on 17 May 2019 through Universal Music. Their first studio album in ten years, it is their first not to be produced by Jacob Hellner; it was instead produced by Emigrate guitarist Olsen Involtini, who also serves as Rammstein's live sound engineer.

The album received positive reviews from critics. It was also commercially successful, reaching number one in over ten countries. It set a record for the most units of an album sold in its first week in Germany during the 21st century, and was the best-selling album of 2019 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It was also certified double platinum by the BVMI for selling at least 400,000 copies in Germany. The album was supported by the singles "Deutschland", "Radio", and "Ausländer", with "Deutschland" becoming their second number-one hit in Germany and the other two entering the top 5.

Composition[edit]

The album's overall sound has been described as Neue Deutsche Härte,[1] industrial metal,[2] and electro-industrial.[3] "Zeig Dich" criticizes the Catholic church. Backed by "powerful thumping guitar riffs", the lyrics demand religious leaders to "stop hiding behind their so-called Lord". The composition also features a Latin-language choir and Spanish-styled finger picking. Louder thought the song is reminiscent of Mutter's "Zwitter".[4] "Sex" discusses sex as something "'disgusting', yet life-giving" and reminded the portal of Rob Zombie and Queens of the Stone Age.[4] "Puppe" tells the story of a child playing with their doll in a room while their sister - presumably underage - prostitutes herself at the room beside theirs. As the sister screams, the child grows increasingly agitated until they start biting the doll's head off. The ending verses suggest the child eventually sneaks into the sister's room, finds her being beaten to death and kills the attacker. The instrumentation was described by Louder as having "eerie synths, jangling guitars and pummelling vocals".[4]

"Was Ich Liebe" has elements of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" and an acoustic guitar section sounding like "Stairway to Heaven", by Led Zeppelin,[4] while "Diamant" is a soft ballad describing "a breakneck voyage through the multifaceted stages of romantic despair".[4] "Weit Weg" has elements of Tangerine Dream and Kosmicher Laufer and its lyrics describe a man secretly watching a woman undress through a window, and could be "an allegory for the way cam girls (or, sex workers more broadly) are put at risk from the blurred realities of some of their clients who believe their interactions to be more than they are".[4] "Tattoo" evokes thrash and heavy metal of the 1980's and early 1990's. The lyrics allude to the identification of inmates in German concentration camps while also discussing tattoos as a modern trend.[4] The ending track "Hallomann" is about a child abuser who lures a girl into his car and drowns her later and features "thrumming bass, eerie synths, kick-your-back-door in riffs and a goosebump-inducing vocal".[4]

Promotion and release[edit]

In January 2019, Richard Kruspe said there would be five music videos created for the album. Teaser clips for the first music video were released in late March. These clips featured visuals from the video along with the Roman numerals for the date 28 March 2019.[5] On that day, the song "Deutschland" was released as the album's lead single on digital platforms, and its 10-minute-long music video was uploaded onto YouTube.[6] The single also came with a remix by Kruspe.[7] The band said the album had no title and would be released on 17 May 2019.[8][9]

The music video was viewed 19 million times in the first four days after its release.[10] "Deutschland" was released physically as both a 7-inch vinyl and CD single on 12 April, with the remix acting as the B-side.[11] The track list was revealed between 16 April and 19 April on the band's YouTube channel with snippets of riffs from each song. The cover of the album was also revealed there on 18 April.[12] Less than a week later, the band began teasing a music video for the song "Radio", which was released on 26 April.[13] On 26 May, the band teased a music video for the album's third single, "Ausländer". The video was released on 28 May[14] and the single was released on 31 May.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.5/10[16]
Metacritic82/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[18]
Clash8/10[19]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[20]
Consequence of SoundB+[21]
Exclaim!8/10[22]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[23]
musicOMH4/5 stars[24]
NME4/5 stars[25]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[26]
Sputnikmusic4.2/5[27]

Critics acclaimed the album. On review aggregator website Metacritic, it holds an average review score of 82/100, based on 11 reviews indicating "universal acclaim".[17] In a positive review, NME wrote, "this album is undoubtedly a resounding triumph".[25] Nick Ruskell at Kerrang! wrote, "this is a record made with care, craft, and nothing allowed in that isn't just-so".[23] Wall of Sound gave the album 9.5/10 stating: "Rammstein is seemingly a culmination of the previous six studio albums, taking the best parts of the last few decades and putting it all in one album, while throwing in a few unexpected surprises."[28] Kory Grow of Rolling Stone wrote, "In some ways, Rammstein have grown up in their decade of hibernation but mostly they have not. The band had ascended in the anything-goes nu-metal Nineties, blending new-wave synths with air-tight heavy-metal guitar riffs and disco drumbeats... Over time, their sound became more polished and more rigid (and by proxy more Germanic?) but they still held onto their puerile impulses. “Deutschland” is the only song of any lyrical consequence on Rammstein — the rest piddle between the benign and letchy. But because it's all in German, it's not entirely clear which is which.[26] Lukas Wojcicky in his review for Exclaim! commented, "Rammstein's Untitled is believed by many to be the band's swan song, as each member's age hovers around 50. Considering the band hadn't released an album in ten years, a retirement announcement would not have come as a surprise, but instead we got one final album and at least a couple of years of touring to follow. For this reason, this album is a welcome addition to Rammstein's discography and one that will be chanted with equal fervour when they come to a city near you."[22]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted atop the German album charts on issue date 24 May 2019. In the first week in Germany, it moved 260,000 album-equivalent units, making it the best-performing album in the first week from a band in the 21st century.[29] The album spent the next two weeks at No. 2 before climbing back up to No. 1 on 14 June. It spent two more non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 afterward. The album also spent an entire year inside the top 40 of the chart, not leaving it until 12 June 2020.[30]

Elsewhere, the album peaked at No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 12,130 copies and spent three consecutive weeks atop the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart.[31][32] In the United States, the album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, earning 28,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. The album is the band's first to reach the top 10 in the United States.[33] Additionally, it topped the Hard Rock Albums chart, the second Rammstein album to do so (previously Liebe ist für alle da in 2009) and World Albums chart, which make it the first German-language studio album to top this chart (previously Rammstein: Paris, a live album, topped this chart, in 2017). On 11 July 2019, the album was certified 2× Platinum by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie for sales of over 400,000 album-equivalent units in Germany.

Accolades[edit]

Year-end rankings

Publication List Rank Ref.
GQ (Russia) The 20 Best Albums of 2019 N/A

Track listing[edit]

On digital releases, the album title and track names are stylized as uppercase letters; e.g., "Was ich liebe" is "WAS ICH LIEBE".[35]

All tracks are written by Rammstein (Richard Kruspe, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann, Christian Lorenz, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schneider).

Untitled[36]
No.TitleLength
1."Deutschland" ("Germany")5:23
2."Radio"4:37
3."Zeig dich" ("Show Yourself")4:15
4."Ausländer" ("Foreigner")3:51
5."Sex"3:56
6."Puppe" ("Doll")4:33
7."Was ich liebe" ("What I Love")4:29
8."Diamant" ("Diamond")2:34
9."Weit weg" ("Far Away")4:20
10."Tattoo"4:11
11."Hallomann" ("Helloman" / "Announcer")4:11
Total length:46:20

Personnel[edit]

Personnel adapted from album notes.[36]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[86] 2× Platinum 30,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[87] Gold 15,000*
Czech Republic (IFPI)[88] Gold 2,500* 
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[89] Gold 10,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[90] Gold 50,000double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[91] 5× Gold 500,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[92] Platinum 20,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 17 May 2019 Universal [35]
12-inch vinyl [93]
CD (standard edition) [94]

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