A penis shaped four foot cannon, crowd surfing in a rubber dingy and enough pyrotechnics to burn off your eyebrows from the very back? It can only of course be Rammstein! It can be a tough job for any act to fill the sheer vastness of the O2 but Rammstein make the venue look tiny and arguably provide one of their most ambitious shows to date. Their set, made up of most of their classic well known anthems, from start to finish instils a powerful and united atmosphere in all corners of the O2. The usual madness is enthralling and the new spectacles add an extra dimension of awesome to the concert.
Deathstars do their best to warm the crowd up but unfortunately struggle to fill the venue. Although how do you support the might that is Rammstein?! They are well known for their elaborate stage shows – theatrics and pyrotechnics in abundance – and they certainly live up to and go beyond their reputation.
Starting their industrial circus of delights they enter from the side through the seats which sets us thinking what was coming next and the surprises never ceased. As the crowd parts like Moses to the Red Sea, the band make their way to the centre platform. Above our heads from the ceiling descends a foot bridge, as they cross to the stage we are plunged into an intense mechanical atmosphere which was broken by recognisable introduction of Sonne.
The show is part of their European ‘Made in Germany 1995-2011’ tour promising to bring ‘16 years of Rammstein at its best’ with a completely new show. The highlight is half way through when the foot bridge is descended on us once again and in true to form weird and wonderful style that only Rammstein can pull off they make their way over on hands and knees playing slaves to Christoph “Doom” Schneide as the cross dressed slightly deranged master. Performing in the centre of the arena ensuring they got as close to as many of their fans as possible, is something we have never seen before and greatly adds to the excitement.
They perform each one of their songs with the same power and enthusiasm as if being performed for the first time. Till Lindemann, as always, stood a strong metal powerhouse with Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul H. Landers, Oliver “Ollie” Riedel, Christoph “Doom” Schneider and Christian “Flake” Lorenz all on their best form providing no let down on the promise for the tour to be ‘Rammstein at its best’.
Written by: Megan Hobart