Apologies for the extremely long review, I couldn't keep my mouth shut on this
After a year's wait (VERY quick for them, by the way), the gods of Deutsche Metal return with Rosenrot
(Rose-red). The reason for this unusually quick release is the band had 6 songs left over from the "Reise, Reise
" recording sessions, so they went back into the studio after a long tour to record 5 more songs to release as an album, because the leftover 6 were just too good to go to waste, but could not be used on "Reise, Reise
" because of thematic limitations.
Anyway, a track-by-track review of the album (translations in brackets [ ] ):
The first single from Rosenrot
. I can only describe the opening as a descent into madness, starting soft then becoming faster and more deranged until the guitars kick in and the vocals start. The rest of the song is a mix of guitars, drums, and the occasional keyboard coming in, and talks about separation, using the metaphor of using fire to get rid of things and forget about them. Definitely one of the hardest songs on the album, and check out the video if you can.
Mann Gegen Mann [Man Against Man]
Another soft opening turning into a very hard song. The song was inspired by Till's visit to a gay bar, and speaks from a gay man's perspective. The lyrics mention, among other things, how his gender calls him a traitor and is every father's nightmare (Mein Geschlecht schimpft mich Verr