Industrial metal bards Rammstein have released the single and video for the title track from their forthcoming album Zeit [“Time”] and have announced the release of the latter for April 29.
Zeit was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in St. Rémy de Provence in France during the COVID-19 lockdown with the assistance of Berlin producer Olsen Involtini. The album will feature 11 tracks, and if the single is anything to go by, we’re in for a lachrymose bollocking of blockbuster proportions:
Time (huh) will tell how strongly the track prevails sans its astonishing video, which sees the Jungs back in the “Ausländer” (or is it “Seemann” [maybe this rendition of genius]; there’s a broader theme here) lifeboat. But that wonderful subversion aside, this time they’re drowning in a dream-like horror sequence that takes them through underwater hanging, war with children in a (presumably Ukrainian) forest, graphically midwifing (presumably themselves) in a mind-shattering camera obscura of a mushroom cloud composed of the sands of time, through to scything the grain of death as an Amish community (!) – all the while patiently observed by Death qua Time until tragedy inevitably ensues. Mahlzeit!
It’s heavy stuff, this. Worship Metal is not complaining. The video, directed by Robert Gwisdek, is at least as powerful as (if not more than) the song, and it’ll be interesting to find out what this album means for the Rammstein oeuvre, not least considering that 2019’s RAMMSTEIN was intended to be their last, with Till Lindemann increasingly invested in pastures other and the band having achieved just about everything there is to achieve. The other thing, is this: remember 2004’s world-conquering Reise, Reise, followed up by 2005’s tepid Rosenrot? They’ve given us too much of a good thing in short succession once before.
Then again, we’re all living in Amerik(kk)a, so…
…therefore, it’ll be comparatively Wunderbarrrrrr either way. The single for Zeit is accompanied by two remixes, a classical, Sigur Rós-like instrumental arrangement by Icelandic wizard Ólafur Arnalds, and an emotionally, uh, portly version from electro-Replicant Robot Koch. Check those out.
As if that wasn’t enough, Bryan Adams took the cover shot, apparently.
Zeit will tell…
Rammstein‘s Zeit will be released on April 29 via Universal records.