at Metro Arena, Newcastle, U.K., February 29, 2012

When a band rolls in to town with a seemingly endless convoy of trucks snaking back as far as the eye can see you just know that you’re in for something really special.

German Industrial Rockers Rammstein have built  an unrivalled reputation for their stunning stage show over the years, so the packed Metro Arena was literally buzzing with anticipation as to what delights the Teutonic Goths would unleash over the course of the evening.


With a post-apocalyptic stage set that wouldn’t look out of place in a Terminator movie, complete with ramps, risers and a whole host of space age trimmings covering every inch of the sprawling stage combined with flamethrowers, fireworks and explosions galore you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d just walked into a war zone rather than a Rock show.  The words “extravagant”, “breath-taking” and “jaw dropping” just don’t do justice to the scale and majesty of the spectacle.


This may all be inconsequential if the music wasn’t up to scratch but with the Gothic splendour of  the flamefest opener “Sonne” and the heavyweight riffs and hypnotic beat of “Links 2,3,4” they have the songs to back up the visuals.

Singing in their native tongue may have seemed like commercial suicide on paper but in reality it merely strengthens the impact of the music.  Hearing 12,000 Geordies sing along with “Du Hast” and “Ich Will” is certainly a stirring experience.


Virtually every song features one stunning effect after another, usually involving fire, lots of it.  With a song titled “Feuer Frei” you just know things are going to get hot.  Possibly the most startling point in the show is where frontman Till Lindemann flambés geeky keyboardist Flake in an oversized cooking pot during “Mein Teil”.  Not a sight that you see every day and one that makes KISS look like The Carpenters.

RammsteinHaving a huge production didn’t stop the band connecting with the audience and when keyboardist Flake took a well-earned break from his treadmill to surf over the top of the crowd in an inflatable dinghy he ensured every last person in the arena felt part of the show and when a smaller stage emerged from the centre of the hall, the whole band were right in the thick of it.

With a snowstorm of confetti and foam fired from a huge er, “canon!!” adding to the party along with Lindemann’s colossal fire spewing mechanical wings during the sinister “Engel”, the crowd were kept mesmerised and entertained to the very end.

RammsteinRammstein really have to be seen to be believed.  They have raised the bar so high that it’s difficult to envisage anyone being able to match it in terms of intensity, spectacle and sheer entertainment value and those who witnessed the event in Newcastle will remember the marvel of a Rammstein show long after the cavalcade of trucks have headed off into the night and onto the next unsuspecting City.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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