Job : Have you heard of ‘Herzeleid’? Rammstein’s debut album that came out in 1995? That must’ve been the album where people stopped, turned and really got to see industrial in another light. The way Rammstein was able to meticulously shape a sound that was both heavy but very calculated was a brilliant move for its time. Over the years, Rammstein have always been picking away at their sound, constantly evolving ever so slightly, reinventing their sound one step at a time. If you’d listen to ‘Herzeleid’ today, it might sound a little dated as a result.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Die Krupps must have been wanting to copy. Let’s go back to the 90s! To those that have not heard of Die Krupps, I don’t blame you; while the band was influential back in the 80s and 90s, they’ve been practically off the grid for the past 10 years or so. They were at the forefront of the very sound that made Laibach and later Rammstein so successful, but Die Krupps lost track of time – their ‘zeitgeist’ as you will. It must be such a disgusting feeling to, as a musician, stoop to such low levels as stealing from the very band you influenced back in the day. Just to get yourself some attention. Just listen to ‘Fly Martyrs Fly’ if you don’t believe me and tell me with a straight face that you don’t hear ‘Du Riechst So Gut’ in that.
The album’s production is very over the top and in your face, like most industrial albums are, but it’s “mastermind” Juergen Engler’s vocals that really take the cake. If there’s something that screams “I want to be Till Lindemann, please listen to my band” it’s his overly fake basso vocals. I apologize for the fact that this review is nothing but “This was stolen from Rammstein, like, a lot” but there’s really nothing more to it. There’s not a shred of originality to be found on this album and if you think there is, you’re lying to yourself and you need to stop trying to find excuses to like the album. It’s fine if you do, but please realize that you are getting an English copy of ‘Herzeleid’ 20 years after release.