On October 28th, 2005, Rammstein released their fifth studio album Rosenrot (English: Rosey Red or Red Rose). By all technicalities it is the sequel or part 2 to the previous album Reise, Reise, the original title of the album was Reise, Reise Volume Two. With mixed reviews it is one of their least successful albums, save for their very first album Herzeleid, it has the least amount of certifications and charted the lowest on most popular album charts. This is partially due to the fact the album was released within a year and a month of each other, which typically makes the albums not chart as well, however time has been kind to Rosenrot, making Benzin and Te Quiero Puta! huge fan favorites.
As with a lot of heavy metal acts, Rammstein has a huge following in Central and South Amerika, therefore Till decided to learn a little Spanish and the song Te Quiero Puta! (English: I want/love you Bitch/Whore) was the result. Being mostly a very filthy song, as is normal for Rammstein, to a Spanish speaking individual the song is hilarious. Even for those with minimal knowledge of the language will chuckle slightly at the breakdown where Carmen Zapata sings over mariachi trumpets “Mas mas mas per favor, mas mas mas si si senor” which doesn’t exactly take too much to figure out the meaning behind. All around Te Quiero Puta! Is a hidden gem on the album and is definitely worth a listen - and a good read on a translator app if you don’t speak the language.
Benzin (English: Gas/Petrol/fuel) is the first single off the album and is the most prominent track of the whole album. A mostly straight forward song, it reminds one of Motley Crue’s song “Kickstart My Heart” as the song primarily is about Till’s love for driving fast. The opening lines (in English) are: “I need time, no heroine, No alcohol, no nicotine. Need no help, no caffeine, but dynamite and turpentine. I need oil for gasoline.” While the rest of the song mostly repeats itself from there it’s worth mentioning the video. It follows five of the band members dressed as firemen in an over sized fire truck that they drive recklessly, hitting many cars and pedistrians alike, until the arrive at the scene of Flake acting as a man about to jump to his death. The firemen put out a life net for him of which he lands in - and rips right through it. All around the video is actually quite hilarious and pairs perfectly with the overall high energy of the song.
For the very first time, with the song Stirb Nict Von Mir/Don’t Die Before I Do, Rammstein slowed it down and delivered an honest love song - not without the typical Rammstein lyrical flair however. The song tells the tale of a couple who long for each other. One they can truly love but neither have met each other yet. In a duet style of singing, it goes between Till singing in German about the woman being lonely and longing for a one to truly love and Bobo singing in English of how she dreams every night of a man who comes to her in her dreams and makes her feel loved. But when she awakens she doesn’t know his name nor who he is. All she urges is that he doesn’t die before she does, so that she can have that one time of truly being with the one she loves, she sees other couples happiness and wonders when she’ll find her own.
Despite being their most unknown album of recent years, Rosenrot has a lot of draw to life long fans of the group, while not their strongest album, I highly suggest giving it a listen if you are a fan who never has or are someone just getting into them.
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Written by Coby Andrews.
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