Martin : This isn’t exactly Rammstein’s first live DVD, but it’s probably their very best. In just over 2 hours, the Germans rip through a set that is pretty much a perfect cross-section of their 20+ career. During this gargantuan performance, Rammstein don’t even touch their latest album, ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’, until around the halfway point. Instead, they focus on their absolute classics. Even the good old rubber cock gets whipped out again, during a blistering rendition of ‘Bück Dich’.
As can be expected from Rammstein, they deliver their music with the same microscopic precision they need to survive their immense assault of pyrotechnic splendour. ‘Paris’ is just as much balm for the eyes as it is for the ears, since the Germans are not just accomplished musicians but also great showmen. As extraordinary as all of this may be, it’s not out of the ordinary for Rammstein. No, actually it’s director Jonas Åkerlund who boosts ‘Paris’ to a whole new level. Åkerlund doesn’t exactly shy away from a fair degree of post-production. Thanks to its heavily saturated colour palette and occasional CGI effects this concert registration has turned into cinematographic pornography; an assault on all the senses that fits perfectly with the band’s grandeur.
For anyone who has actually attended a Rammstein show, a mere concert DVD would be dull. Feeling the heat of the pyros in your face quickly becomes addictive. ‘Paris’, though, is more than just another live DVD, as it is pretty much dead on between live registration and (a 2 hour long) video clip. Rammstein pulled it off again: this master stroke proves that they’re nothing less than the greatest rock band of this day and age.