Under The Influence #88: Enigmatical on “Sehnsucht” Rammstein!
The sophomore album from German Industrial Metallers titans Rammstein, “Sehnsucht” was unveiled in 1997 with huge singles “Engel” and “Du Hast” paving the way for not only a sold out European club tour but for a US run on the Family Values tour with KoRn, Orgy, Limp Bizkit and Ice Cube the following year. Despite lyrics and vocals being in their native German, it hasn’t been a hinderance to the band, instead like the best foreign films it draws the audience to the music and with the bands live performances being electrifying with pyrotechnics and big screen imagery giving another dimension, “Sehnsucht” was the album that made it all possible.
Enigmatical comment: “This album inspired me in lots of different ways. From the moment I heard it Rammstein became one of my favorite bands, and a gateway to not only heavy guitar-driven music, but electronic music like The Prodigy, Aphex Twin, Astral Projection and a rabbit-hole of different electronic artists and styles. Their simple, yet powerful guitar-riffs was ofcourse another inspiration in how I learned to play the guitar. From learning their riffs through tabs to writing my own riffs. Simple and big has always been a winning concept for me.Their image was another thing that captivated me. They looked weird, acted robotic and sang in German which I didn’t understand. Abit of mystery is never a bad thing. To this day I still listen alot to this band, and Sehnsucht remain one of my absolute favorites by them. The album has a certain flow in the way the track-order is layed out, and good combination of dark and “fun” moments through out the course of its 43 minutes. It will probably be one of those albums I will never get tired of, and it will always be an important album for me“