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Rammstein @ Goffertpark, Nijmegen

CONCERT REVIEW: Rain or Shine, Rammstein Deliver An Unforgettable Live Experience

Approximately a year after witnessing our first-ever Rammstein show in the Stadspark in Groningen, this year, the band played two shows in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. Unfortunately, unlike last year, the weather was far worse, with a lot of rain throughout the day turning the grounds into a mud pool. Despite the bad weather, tens of thousands of fans came out to witness the Rammstein spectacle. Even though we had seen it only once before, the show felt familiar as the set-up remained largely, or completely rather, unchanged from the previous year.

When comparing Rammstein to other bands, it becomes clear that their live show has reached a pinnacle within their genre. Unlike newer bands whose shows evolve over time, Rammstein’s performance has a sense of finality, as if they have perfected the art of the live show. This may be attributed to their extensive experience and age, which have honed their performance to near perfection.

Our research into Rammstein’s set-up revealed that it takes over 80 trucks to transport their stage equipment. This impressive logistical feat is further highlighted by the staggering cost of the stage set-up, which reportedly amounts to six million dollars. The show is a sensory overload, featuring an endless stream of special effects, pyrotechnics on the pillars, and even on the band members’ instruments. For the final songs, frontman Till Lindemann dons a device on his back that spews flames, a signature move that never fails to thrill the audience. The encore sees Lindemann emerging from the stage, flames shooting from his back, creating a spectacle that, while familiar, never disappoints. Fireworks, lasers, CO2 cannons—Rammstein truly brings everything to the table. The intricate setup takes days to assemble, underscoring the immense effort that goes into each performance.

Beyond the impressive visual spectacle, Rammstein’s live performances are distinguished by their remarkable sound quality and meticulous precision. The band’s distinctive vocal style, deeply rooted in their German heritage, infuses their music with a unique and captivating flavor. Lead singer Till Lindemann’s deep, resonant voice exudes a formidable sense of power and authority, which enhances the immersive experience for the audience, enveloping them in the band’s raw, intense energy. The setlist features an array of hits that traverse their entire musical journey—including fan favourites like Du Hast, Deutschland, Sonne, and Engel. A few songs before the encore, Rammstein took to the B-stage halfway across the field to perform a beautiful piano-infused rendition of Engel. When it was time to get back to the mainstage, the band members took a boat through the crowd, giving the fans in the feuerzone some unique crowd engagement.

Last year, I suggested that the predictability of Rammstein’s shows might become dull for those who have seen many of their performances. However, after witnessing the show for a second time, I realize I may have been wrong. The familiarity of the performance seems inevitable given the immense planning, time, and money involved. When considering all the factors, it becomes clear that Rammstein’s live show is perhaps the best nu-metal experience money can buy in terms of production value. Rammstein’s live shows are iconic, and for good reason—they have mastered the art of live performances, creating an unforgettable experience for fans.

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Rammstein @ Stadspark, Groningen

CONCERT REVIEW: Rammstein Are Phenomenal In Front Of 55.000 Fans In Groningen

It’s been a busy week for Rammstein and all parties involved with the two massive Groningen shows. The media has been a whirlwind since the allegations surrounding Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann surfaced, and a local environmentalist group piled on, accusing the band’s performance of causing excessive noise pollution and their usage of pyro-technics harm to the environment. Both these procedures took place the same week as the event, with the judge’s ruling on the noise pollution, giving the green light for the concert to take place, coming a literal hour before Groningen Stadspark opened the gates for the early fans.

Rammstein, the iconic German industrial metal band, has long been renowned for their explosive and theatrical live shows. Their unyielding commitment to delivering a jaw-dropping experience has garnered them a global reputation as masters of stagecraft and special effects. Last night, we witnessed the contested Rammstein show in Groningen alongside 55.000 fans, exploring their mesmerizing special effects and ingenious gimmicks that left the audience in awe.

Personally, we have never been to a Rammstein show before, but having seen footage for years on social media, it sure does look like Rammstein’s set and gimmicks have been the same for years now. While this might be repetitive for the fans who attend every year, for us it was a first, and thus it is needless to say that we were blown away by the sheer spectacle of it all. The set is an industrial marvel, resembling a dystopian landscape fused with a twisted carnival. Towering structures adorned with towering flames, metal grates, and mechanical contraptions create an atmosphere of raw energy and aggression.

As the band takes the stage, the audience is instantly captivated by the visual spectacle. Rammstein’s pyrotechnics are legendary and for good reason. From towering infernos to intricate firework displays, every explosion is perfectly choreographed to enhance the music and evoke a primal reaction. Sheets of flame jetting skywards, pillars of fire surrounding the band members, and flamethrowers strapped to their bodies—all these elements come together to create an intense and scorching atmosphere.

The many visual elements in Rammstein’s live performances showcase their mastery over stagecraft and transport the audience into a realm of darkness. From setting a steel cradle on fire to vocalist Till Lindemann tending to a big cauldron, ending up ablaze from which later one of the musicians erupts, every aspect of their performance is meticulously planned and executed. Another highlight for us was the start of the 2nd encore, where Rammstein played the self-titled track Rammstein. Frontman Till Lindemann emerged from the stage wearing a device on his back spewing flames on numerous occasions throughout the song, something you will be able to see in the gallery below. These theatrical elements not only add to the overall experience of a Rammstein concert but have played a substantial role in the band’s iconic image.

Beyond the visual grandeur, Rammstein’s live performance boasts exceptional sound quality and precision. The band’s vocal style, characteristic of their German origins, adds a unique flavour to their music. The deep and powerful vocals of lead singer Till Lindemann resonate with a sense of strength and authority, further immersing the audience in the band’s raw and intense energy. With a star-studded setlist that spans their entire discography, of course including the massive hits Du Hast, Deutschland, Sonne and Engel, Rammstein delivers each song with an accompanying spectacle and excellent musicianship.

I can imagine being a fan and seeing the same show throughout the years can become a bit predictable, but even then, seeing this on an annual basis does not sound too bad. Rammstein’s live performances are legendary and for good reason. The band’s ability to seamlessly blend their explosive sound with innovative and jaw-dropping stagecraft elevates their live shows to the realm of pure spectacle. Get a glimpse of what the show looked like by checking out the photo gallery below.

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