Rammstein’s New ‘Angst’ Video is an Unsettling Cinematic Masterpiece
This past Friday, those inexorable Berlin industrial-metallers / conceptual artists / cultural battering rams Rammstein released their eighth full length album since steamrolling into our dark hearts all the way back in 1994. Yet another sonic and philosophical tour de force, Zeit is the galvanizing metallic symphony that 2022 demanded, and that only they could be expected to deliver. Indeed, the title translates to “time,” and they have captured the tenor of these times in the most visceral way possible.
More specifically, there’s the new single ‘Angst’, and its rigorously dystopian accompanying video. The track itself opens with an eerie trio of call-to-arms drum blasts, which immediately announce that you really need to pay attention to what is coming next. And to be sure, as a haunting suite of strings wafts over an unyielding, punishing beat, vocalist Till Lindemann recites a lyrical litany of paranoiac demagoguery, before a wall of brutally chugging, death march guitars takes over.
And though he’s singing in German, a quick translation reveals the blunt unambiguity of the lyrics.
“When the children are uneducated
The father already has threatened
‘The Black Man, he’ll get you
If you don’t follow my commandment'”
Germany, like Britain, France and America, still struggles with deeply entrenched racism and white supremacy, despite decades of progressive reforms. And Rammstein, as we have come to know, have never shrunk from a fight that needs to be fought, especially such an urgent, ideological one.
The video has everything a proper dystopia needs, Kafkaesque oppression, suburban alienation, unnerving surveillance, goth cheerleaders and, as one might expect, some poor bloke in a straightjacket strapped to an ominous looking contraption. And as we see several soullessly conventional gentlemen each building brick walls around themselves, it’s possible to tally a good twenty or thirty metaphors all battling for attention at once.
Most thrillingly, Rammstein will launch a surely lethal European stadium tour at Prague’s Letňany Airport on May 15, which will take them through cities like Hamburg, Warsaw and Gothenburg before concluding at Ostend, Belgium’s Park De Nieuwe Koers on August 4. A 12-date North American leg kicks off in Montreal on the 21st of the same month.