11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rammstein certainly had their forefathers—Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Ministry, Laibach—but no band had managed to make industrial music pop quite like they did. Herzeleid is an auspicious debut that combines the frosty thump of Depeche Mode with the gnashing noise of heavy metal for a sound both ferocious and strangely palatable. Two standouts—“Heirate Mich” and the funereal “Rammstein”—were picked for the soundtrack of David Lynch’s nightmarish Lost Highway by early champion Trent Reznor, helping the band quickly find footing outside Germany.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rammstein certainly had their forefathers—Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Ministry, Laibach—but no band had managed to make industrial music pop quite like they did. Herzeleid is an auspicious debut that combines the frosty thump of Depeche Mode with the gnashing noise of heavy metal for a sound both ferocious and strangely palatable. Two standouts—“Heirate Mich” and the funereal “Rammstein”—were picked for the soundtrack of David Lynch’s nightmarish Lost Highway by early champion Trent Reznor, helping the band quickly find footing outside Germany.

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