Rammstein - Rammstein: Paris review

Plenty of pyro and porno

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The greatest hard rock show on earth? Rammstein’s Made In Germany tour of 2011-2013 has got to be up there.

A pyrotechnical extravaganza with something to cater for all fetishist preferences – sodomy, cannibalism, even a pressurised jet of milky liquid squirted into audience faces from singer Till Lindemann’s prosthetic penis – it was a show which also featured the best of the band’s curiously overlooked musical catalogue.

Rammstein: Paris is a suitably stunning visual record of the event, captured over two nights at the Palais Omnisports in March 2012. The stage looks like the set of an industrial sci-fi/ horror movie, while the audience twitch and turn below like microbes on a petri dish. Covered in grease and grime, their skin seared by so many close fiery encounters, the six German musicians deliver their musical theatre with supreme skill and a joyful sense of the macabre.

David Sinclair

Musician since the 1970s and music writer since the 1980s. Pop and rock correspondent of The Times of London (1985-2015) and columnist in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Contributor to Q magazine, Kerrang!, Mojo, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, et al. Formerly drummer in TV Smith’s Explorers, London Zoo, Laughing Sam’s Dice and others. Currently singer, songwriter and guitarist with the David Sinclair Four (DS4). His sixth album as bandleader, Apropos Blues, is released 2 September 2022 on Critical Discs/Proper.