Rammstein: an excess of sound and… flames

And many of us wanted to see and hear the Berlin band. No fewer than 43,000 spectators descended on the island, some bolder than others. The die-hard fans settled as close as possible to the 200-foot-wide stage on which fire zone. Here the frequency beams of the flamethrowers from the main structure, the four rear turrets as well as the portable flamethrowers and the cannon Fire gives the impression of being in the middle of an eternal open-air barbecue.

However, one does not have to be that close to Till Lindemann to appreciate the quality of the band’s musical offerings. With over 170 LA12X amps, Rammstein had more than two million (!) watts of sound at their disposal. And you could hear that… Of course in Parc Jean-Drapeau, but also in Saint-Lambert, Boucherville, Saint-Bruno, in short, everywhere in the metropolitan area. During the concert, social media was flooded with comments from people who perfectly heard the heavy frequencies of Oliver Riedel’s bass and Christoph Schneider’s drums.

Despite this flood of sound, it wasn’t just about the volume. The definition of Richard Kruspe’s and Paul Landers’ guitars and Christian Lorenz’s keyboards was impeccable. One of the best sound qualities ever heard for a concert of this magnitude.

Why Ramstein?

I asked myself this question 10 years ago when I visited the Germans in the Bell Centre. I was completely stunned and convinced. But can people like Rammstein if they don’t know anything about industrial metal and especially if they don’t understand Goethe’s language?

The answer reached me in the last few days through several friends and acquaintances who told me that they wanted to be there at the concert … precisely because of the concert. For the spectacular side of performance. For the collective release worthy of any metal event. A comment read on social networks was particularly revealing: I don’t like their music but their shows are so crazy.

Crazy? Without doubt. But also unifiers, especially if we bother to go beyond the undeniable interest of the group’s vitaminized music.

Rammstein’s most die-hard fans settled as close as possible to the 200-foot-wide stage.

Photo: Radio Canada

First tones to be heard at 8:06 p.m. … those of Music for the royal fireworks, by George Frideric Handel. Classical music, yes. All this to bring us army of trisen, A song offering the outstretched hand to legions of sad and desperate people to join the party of the hopeless to find happiness again.

Dont be afraid. My German is limited to a dozen or so words that were babbled on in Berlin a few years ago, but there is a French site (Rammsteinworld.com) that offers translations of all the band’s songs. We can thus better appreciate the depth of the group’s songs, even some poetry by Lindemann.

Sometimes the message is crystal clear despite the language barrier. At the end of the main part, the members of Rammstein performed on the small raised stage Angel (Angel) – a reference to another German, Wim Wenders? – with the female duo of French pianists (Abelard) performing the first part. A moment of calm and beauty in this often stormy concert.

Instead of heading back to the main stage, the band members returned there in inflatable boats while thousands of spectators surfed overhead. Arriving on stage, one of the Rammstein members held up a sign that read Welcome (Warm welcome) was written. Pigé: Migrants welcome.

A man on stage at the microphone.

The mythical metal group Rammstein performed in Montreal on Sunday night.

Photo: Rammstein / Olaf Heine


That goes without sayinga priori, It’s not exactly what draws the attention of the Quebecer, who loves Rammstein primarily for his metal-alloy music. zigzag heralds the color with dominant guitars and a coloring of the keyboards of Lorenz playing… while riding a treadmill. Fit, sir.

Note that some Rammstein songs make you want to take a big step forward, such as connections 2-3-4 with its onset of military marching rhythm that has the full charge of an armored division. others like desire, make you want to go full throttle, especially when 43,000 spectators hit the clock.

At the center of the structure, a giant screen could display the group’s logo or scroll through variable-height images. What appeared to be four oversized fans were actually large clusters of some of the 1070’s headlights. I’ve never seen so much confetti at a concert either. It was for just under £900…

Biting, crosshatched guitars, heavy bass, drums that pound like a sledgehammer, pyrotechnic effects galore — 500+ in total: Any viewer with visual depth of field — park backdrop, platform — might not have seen the same spectacle as the felt the heat of the flames near the stage, especially during my Part, when Lindemann aimed a cannon at Lorenz, who had been sitting in a pool in an asbestos suit. These guys are crazy.

When abseiling, Lindemann went even further with his concept Rammstein with his own flamethrower backpack. The guy is an arsonist, but mastered at this point, his obsession becomes art. These are also during Out of haveexplosive and rings, madness that the concert reached its climax when all burners spat everywhere. Even on the platform you could feel the heat of the flames. ringsWritten more than 20 years ago for boxer Vitali Klitschko’s ring entries, it’s a tribute of sorts now that the Ukrainian is defending his city of Kyiv, of which he is mayor.

After 2 hours and 15 minutes of this regime, the Germans put an end to this explosion of noise and… flames Goodbyeor theauf Wiedersehen“,”text”:”Adieu, goodbye, auf Wiedersehen”}}”>farewell Goodbye seemed very appropriate.

Four people from behind on a stage in front of a crowd.

No fewer than 43,000 spectators came to Parc Jean-Drapeau to see Rammstein’s show.

Photo: Rammstein / Olaf Heine

We assume that one day there will be a return, a sequel, another concert. But it’s unlikely to be as oversized and memorable as this one.

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