Lia B attended a
Russian Rammstein tribute concert, and sent me her
Rammstein tribute in "Tochka" club 10.02.2002
foreign release of the album "Battery: Tribute
to Rammstein" and their visit to Russia, all
people have been waiting impatiently for what Russian
musicians could do about that infatuation for German
spirit. Hmm... we lived so long for that moment:
on 10th of February there was that so-called "paying
homage" to Rammstein. I couldn't resist the
temptation and bought the tickets to that show.
Another reason for going there for me was the rumour
floating over the Russian part of the Internet,
that as a special guest there could be Till. Now
I can set everyone's minds at rest - no Lindemann
was there. It's typical.
With the very big and red letters there was written
on the placard, that the headliner of the party
is the well-known [in Russia] band Satarial. Lower,
there were the rest names of the bands: Krysha (The
Roof), Klochja (Tatters), M.C.D.ead, X, Kran-ty
(untranslatable pun, something like Pan-you, or
Close) and a couple of those I couldn't remember.
I was already amazed in the very beginning: there
was a straight warning on the ticket that while
Satarial perform there should be "bewitching
rites with antichristian content and hard erotic
show". It sounded very intriguing. The only
thing I couldn't understand was the relation between
all this and Rammstein.
I will not tell you about our entering the club.
For not insulting... though it's usual for such
shows, there's always the crowd. Standing near the
entrance, I've heard some guys discussing their
Moscow Rammstein concert experience. What a cuty
sight, I should say!
While we were standing, there were some musicians
passing by. Very interesting: they usually walk
in bunch and always have such an expression on their
faces that one wants to ask: "What a disaster
happened?" But this is just to mention...
As the merchandising, all who wished could get many
cassettes (Marylin Manson, Muse, Rammstein, The
Deftones etc.), brochures (I can't say that those
editions were the books) about Rammstein and some
other bands, and much staff about Satarial. Sure,
they were headliners, therefore...
So, after a short waiting, we saw a blond girl in
black on the stage who declared the first band.
The sound was disgusting, I couldn't understand
the name of the first performer and could only guess.
The list of the performers:
Band #1 (I didn't hear the name)
X (or Iks, I don't know the spelling)
Band #4 (the same problem with the name)
In the breaks between the performances some familiar
tunes, like "Rein Raus", "Zwitter"
and "Mein Herz Brennt" were gingerly played,
may be it was done to smooth over the bad impression...
So, the band #1 consisted of three or four horror-looking
guys who shocked me with the music and vocals. I
must affirm that I DON'T like black-metal. I came
to the Rammstein tribute. And I expected to hear
the cover-versions of Rammstein. Oh no, don't have
any doubts, I've heard them! Listened very carefully
and to my surprise, THAT was "Spieluhr".
Excuse me, no details here, the only thing to say
is that I was frightened to death.
I also should notice that all the bands played in
general their own songs. Nobody played more than
one Rammstein cover. May be, that's alright, but
I can't agree to that...
The band called Krysha played for us, except their
own songs (I couldn't listen to them carefully,
the sound didn't let us hear any word), the cover
of "Engel". Hmmm... from ALL bands playing
there, the only one played Rammstein song in a very
good German, and it was NOT Krysha. Which one it
was - look up below. Those guys decided to have
an easy work and sang "Engel" in English.
Well, that's the way too.
Honestly, my shock was so deep that I mixed up every
band which were playing before Satarial and don't
remember which Rammstein songs they performed. The
last ones were more distinguishable.
The tuning of Satarial was very long, there were
some aluminum constructions with chains taken out
on stage, and it was good that the instruments weren't
forgotten. Then then band started the show. They
began with the appearance of three naked girls in
masks. This, probably, was that hard advertised
erotic show. I didn't know the repertory of Satarial,
so I could be only the outside observer.
The thing I wish I could do then, was the murder
of one of Satarial musicians whose flute scraping
made the music sound with a bit of paranoia tunes.
I also still can't understand if he played the only
one melody or they all were similar?
As for covers, from Satarial we were honored to
hear "Links-234". And another time I was
very glad that nobody of Rammstein were in "Tochka":
if, for example, Schneider appeared there, he would
have a stroke, and for the society of pure German
pronunciation zealots it would be an irreplaceable
Satarial were playing for the very long time (about
an hour or more) and personally for me it was very
exhausting. For those who were jumping near the
stage with their fingers set in victory sign it
was cool, I suppose. The girls, fluently twisting
among the chains and constructions, without any
doubt brought much enthusiasm. Though, I could see
nothing concerning to the promised "antichristian
bewitching". As for the "hard erotic show",
the only thing I could name "hard" was
that one of those girls had the artificial dick.
Not much to surprise.
After the headliners, who found at least the strength
to leave the stage, there appeared Klochja. They
started with playing "Sonne". By the hollow
voice the singer told us that "alle warten
auf das Licht". Then the song was continued
by the girl, who strangely was singing off key.
This defect was compensated by the very strained
throat of hers. Their German was... ohhh... (c Paul)
Though the next songs were rather good, and in the
whole I liked their performance.
The note in parenthesis: on the placard there was
clearly written that the whole show would take time
from 6pm to 10pm. I said at once that they should
be some kind of crazy optimists if they thought
that the show would end in 10pm. I was right. When
the last band came on stage there was much later
The last performers were M.C.D.ead. Decently, with "minus-one" [without the drummer], they
appeared and began with "Alter Mann".
And then I could be sorry about Schneider's presence
- there still are guys in that country, who can
sing the song in proper German and, to my joy, without
any cribs, i.e. from memory. Some of the previous
performers justified themselves that they just couldn't
learn the words, no time, no education etc., and
the crowd should sing along with them and help by
that. The crowd sang along - but the impression
M.C.D.ead didn't follow that way, and rehearsed
thoroughly their contribution to the Russian-German
relationships. Since I've heard that "Alter
Mann" cover before (in studio variant) I can
say that it's one of the most successful cover-versions
of Rammstein I could ever hear, and the live performance
didn't spoil the impression.
Further, M.C.D.ead gave the pleasure of hearing
their own songs for those who still were in the
club (in the break the guitarist showed his special,
I suppose, action - the imitation of DJ scratch
on his guitar), and I can only say that this band
was the best on that so-called tribute. They were
the only ones whose music made me dance. And then
we finally saw that "hard erotic show".
Who saw - that knows. You wouldn't let your sight
out of this...
As I said, M.C.D.ead were the last ones, and thanks
God they WERE, because if not, my mood would be
finally spoiled. I couldn't expect that, truly saying.
The impression was like I came to Satarial concert,
with some strange supporting bands. And Rammstein
name was mentioned just for better sales. A pity.
And what were those pathetic: "Do you have
fun?! Rammstein-party!!!" screams, let me ask?...
But, in general, they did their best. ;)
© by Lia B
Thanks to: Lia B.