March 2, 2006

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Megaherz, 5
Epitaph Records, 2006

Rammstein’s most effective artifice is their use of umlaut-pocked jackboot-German; it’s an extra nose you can thumb at the world during pegged-woofer drive-bys on the main drag, where folks just know you’re headed out to rent a violent video game or maybe even terrorize the Rotary Club with a chainsaw - you’re GONE, man. Over time, though, that $50 import with the evil frozen submarine on it slowly loses its appeal, until finally it’s about as stimulating as your last hookup’s White Shoulders perfume, and eventually you find the jewel case under a seat and retire the CD to the trunk. This is where Megaherz comes in. No Eine Kleine Not-bad-musik here - it’s all in German, firing tube after tube of KMFDM-style industro-hell-metal torpedoes until every last Papa Roach nancy boy in sight has scurried home to Dr. Phil. Best bits are “Ja Genau” and “Gottlich.”

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— Eric W. Saeger