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Rock - Released November 22, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

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Four years since the release of Skills in Pills, Lindemann are back with F&M. The many fans of Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tagtgren (Pain) were eager for new music and they certainly got what they asked for! The album is divided into two main parts. The first part, comprising of five tracks, is a new take on the tale of Hansel & Gretel composed in close collaboration with the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. The second part is made up of six other tracks that were especially written to complete the album. Once again produced by Peter Tagtgren, the whole ensemble is still very homogeneous despite the disparities between each track. The combo manages to alternate seamlessly between high-energy moments and darker, more malevolent moments, particularly as a result of Till Lindemann’s vocals which are as brilliant as ever. Having a wide range of musical influences can often lead to an erratic album, but this is not the case with F&M. The album alternates between moments of pop, rap and even folk music, but it all seems to make sense. It’s a real pleasure to hear these two artists venture into unexpected territory and do it so successfully. No doubt this album will leave its mark and be played on repeat. A real musical gem! © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz

Rock - Released June 30, 2015 | WM Germany

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Rock - Released September 13, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 19, 2018 | Vertigo Berlin

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Rock - Released November 22, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

The end of the 2010s was a bountiful time for Rammstein fans. In addition to another set from guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe's Emigrate side project, the industrial metal titans returned with their first album in a decade. All the while, frontman Till Lindemann was busy working on his own artistic endeavors, teaming with Lindemann co-conspirator Peter Tagtgren on 2018's modern stage adaptation of Hansel und Gretel. Songs from the appropriately dark and perverse retelling later found new life on Lindemann's sophomore effort, F&M ("Frau & Mann," German for woman and man). As on 2015's Skills in Pills, F&M allows both men to spread their wings away from their main duties with Rammstein and Pain. However, unlike that shock-hungry and often absurd debut, F&M balances the twisted camp that Lindemann is especially known for and infuses it with emotional heft. Part of the appeal this time around might owe to the fact that Till is in his natural element, performing and writing lyrics in his native German. Thus, the songs sound less forced and campy, while the lyrics benefit from his underrated poetry (Skills' "Yukon" and "Home Sweet Home" were just hints at what was to come). The most compelling of the bunch happen to come from Hansel und Gretel. These highlights include the pounding "Allesfresser" ("Omnivore"), the explosive "Knebel" ("Gag"), and the beautiful "Schlaf Ein" ("Go to Sleep"). Both theatrical and emotive, the tracks blend seamlessly with the songs written for the album, injecting atmospheric dread, touches of drama, and a depth that just wasn't found on Skills. For the Rammstein fans, the non-Hansel und Gretel songs are familiar enough to pretend they are lost Rammstein B-sides (the pulsing industrial-disco "Platz Eins" takes it all the way back to the synth-washed glory of Herzeleid), though Tagtgren puts enough of his own wild spin on the production to separate this material from that of its much bigger cousin. The riotous title track -- which rides the repeated cries of "aye-ya-yay!" -- and the slinky tango of "Ach So Gern" ("Oh So Much") provide an interesting mid-stretch distraction, but overall, F&M sticks to what Till and Tagtgren do best: crushing riffs and towering theatrics with a wink and a smirk. Taking the initial promise of such a musical union, the duo's collaboration finally pays off with F&M. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rock - Released November 1, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

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Rock - Released October 18, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

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Rock - Released October 9, 2015 | WM Germany

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Rock - Released November 15, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

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Rock - Released June 19, 2015 | WM Germany

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Rock - Released October 18, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

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Rock - Released November 22, 2019 | Vertigo Berlin

The end of the 2010s was a bountiful time for Rammstein fans. In addition to another set from guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe's Emigrate side project, the industrial metal titans returned with their first album in a decade. All the while, frontman Till Lindemann was busy working on his own artistic endeavors, teaming with Lindemann co-conspirator Peter Tagtgren on 2018's modern stage adaptation of Hansel und Gretel. Songs from the appropriately dark and perverse retelling later found new life on Lindemann's sophomore effort, F&M ("Frau & Mann," German for woman and man). As on 2015's Skills in Pills, F&M allows both men to spread their wings away from their main duties with Rammstein and Pain. However, unlike that shock-hungry and often absurd debut, F&M balances the twisted camp that Lindemann is especially known for and infuses it with emotional heft. Part of the appeal this time around might owe to the fact that Till is in his natural element, performing and writing lyrics in his native German. Thus, the songs sound less forced and campy, while the lyrics benefit from his underrated poetry (Skills' "Yukon" and "Home Sweet Home" were just hints at what was to come). The most compelling of the bunch happen to come from Hansel und Gretel. These highlights include the pounding "Allesfresser" ("Omnivore"), the explosive "Knebel" ("Gag"), and the beautiful "Schlaf Ein" ("Go to Sleep"). Both theatrical and emotive, the tracks blend seamlessly with the songs written for the album, injecting atmospheric dread, touches of drama, and a depth that just wasn't found on Skills. For the Rammstein fans, the non-Hansel und Gretel songs are familiar enough to pretend they are lost Rammstein B-sides (the pulsing industrial-disco "Platz Eins" takes it all the way back to the synth-washed glory of Herzeleid), though Tagtgren puts enough of his own wild spin on the production to separate this material from that of its much bigger cousin. The riotous title track -- which rides the repeated cries of "aye-ya-yay!" -- and the slinky tango of "Ach So Gern" ("Oh So Much") provide an interesting mid-stretch distraction, but overall, F&M sticks to what Till and Tagtgren do best: crushing riffs and towering theatrics with a wink and a smirk. Taking the initial promise of such a musical union, the duo's collaboration finally pays off with F&M. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rock - Released June 19, 2015 | WM Germany

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Rock - Released May 29, 2015 | WM Germany