Reise, Reise

Music's ability to function as an international language accounts for why such acts as German heroes Rammstein have been able to build an American following.

Music's ability to function as an international language accounts for why such acts as German heroes Rammstein have been able to build an American following. However, when the converted hear new album "Reise, Reise," they will discover that the industrialist band is feeling a little nü-metal these days. Its buzz-saw guitars and machine-like synth backgrounds ("Reise, Reise," the unrelenting "Mein Teil") cement its roots in the genre before taking a turn into territory often occupied by Korn ("Dalai Lama"). "Keine Lust" is a shot of adrenaline DJs should wisely pump into the clubs, but the minimalist "Los," which rides on bass and double-dutch drum beats, is a dancefloor sneak attack waiting to happen. The sparser arrangement carries over to "Amour," another piece that could do damage at radio if a version was cut with English lyrics. "Stein Um Stein" is a sludgy dirge that scales back on the tempo; the time change continues with the ballad "Ohne Dich." Expect "Reise, Reise" to maintain Rammstein's American stronghold.—CLT