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The great thing about Rammstein is that if you give them a chance, you find there's a little something on there for everyone. You don't need to understand the lyrics to feel the intent, emotion, and mood of the songs, which are quite varied. No two songs on an album sound the same. I can understand a fair amount of the lyrics because of my passable Deutsch, but if it really bugs you to not know what's being sung, you can find translations here: http://herzeleid.com/en/lyrics
That's worth checking out even if you don't care what's being sung because it highlights the the slang and dual meanings commonly found in the songs. German is a very inventive language, and the band puts it to good use with playful double entendres quite often. (Check out the explantions for the lyrics of "Mann gegen Mann" for example). It's one of my favorite elements of their music.
The shows listed on the Club Passport page for HOB Cleveland are a disappointingly small subset of the list above, leaving it less tempting except for those with really eclectic tastes. I can't see too many people going to Down AND KMFDM AND Common AND GWAR AND Skinny Puppy, but maybe that tiny segment is all that LiveNation wants to sell to. I was hoping for Blackmore's Night + Mars Volta + Type O Negative (who I think just announced a show for October 20th). Maybe more of those will be added nearer to the show date.
For stoner-ish additions to the AOR playlist, we muct include The Sword.
I love Small Stone! Great call on the two /Sucking the 70s/ volumes - until now, this is the first time I've seen anybody else highlight these stellar gems (but maybe I don't get out to the right places enough). I have to also give props to Dixie Witch's "On The Hunt", the two each from Alabama Thunderpussy (gritty) and Fireball Ministry (smooth), Spirit Caravan's "Wicked World" (Wino sounds labored but that fits, and the instrumental break is right on), and my favorite: Roadsaw's "Vehicle" (made me appreciate the original even more).
As long as we're looking at labels and comps, then I submit Meteor City and the 3-disc /And Back to Earth Again: Ten Years of Meteor City/ - a comprehensive education for anyone just getting into the genre. There's stuff on there I've never even seen anywhere else. Their online store allthatisheavy.com has stuff impossible to get around here or even online unless you risk used, and they don't charge a mint for it either.
Priestess' "Lay Down" is a logical choice since many will recognize it from Guitar Hero anyway, but I hope newcomers will explore the rest of /Hello Master/ because "I Am the Night, Colour Me Black" and "Living Like a Dog" are even better, especially that great spacey break in the second half of the latter.
And outside the stoner genre, we have to consider the newer guys in the old vein: Airbourne ("Stand Up for Rock 'N' Roll") or The Answer ("Into the Gutter"), the latter a great surprise to all of us who saw them open for AC/DC in January.
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