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introMatrix, Bochum, Germany
19th October 2013
Feuerengel - A tribute to Rammstein

FEUERENGEL is a German tribute band to RAMMSTEIN. After a RAMMSTEIN concert in 1997, Boris, +hors+en, Farp, Daniel, Holger and X-oph decided to form a cover band. Understanding that the special show elements with all these different kind of fireworks are very important, they worked on sticking as much to the original as possible. Therefore they have hired a pyrotechnician for their shows. And they are doing their job as a cover band with so much success that they were even invited to a party of RAMMSTEIN and their guests in 1998 and gathered a lot of positive media attention. Thus it is no wonder that they were headlining several open- air festivals in Germany and the Netherlands. At the request of RAMMSTEIN they performed in 2005 again for them. http://www.feuerengel.de / https://www.facebook.com/feuerengelmusic

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Music & Performance
A black, half sheer curtain hid the stage when we entered the venue. The Tube, where the concert took place, filled quickly until it was packed. Although there was no supporting act, the crowd had to wait quite a long time until you could see that the band members appeared on stage and started with their first song ‘Mein Herz brennt’ (My heart is burning) without drawing the curtain at first. Thus you could watch a fascinating shadow play of a huge dark figure with a high cylindrical hat and long feather fingers moving slowly and creepy in front of the stage. But then the curtain was drawn and now the show started on full blast. After this song the singer vanished for a short while to change his outfit, as he was the creepy one, just to re-enter the stage with a loud bang and fireworks.

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While the singer Boris and the guitarist Daniel looked like they were dirt smeared, the keyboarder +hors+en had a white make up with a dark lipstick, which makes him a bit look like Joker, especially when he was smiling fiercely. Another highlight was his sparkling suit reminding you of the disco era of the 70’s. Obviously he had the role of the crazy guy during the show as he was dancing madly at his keyboard and had later his special appearance at the song ‘Pussy’, too, when he moved with a small keyboard to the front of the stage and “annoyed” the others with his weird actions until the singer took away his keyboard and destroyed it. So he perfectly was copying Flake of RAMMSTEIN.

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Bassist Holger, who played most of the time in the background, is the darling of the fans as they were frequently shouting his name. For the song ‘Ich will’ (I want) he finally stepped out of the dark and showed up in front of the stage. And when the others left the stage he addressed to the audience and animated them to do the Mexican wave and give a big shout for the encore. For the second song of the encore, ‘Haifish’ (Shark), an inflatable boat was dragged on stage and one fan in the audience had the chance to drive with the boat over the waves of the crowds. While the boat was sailing on the sea of the crowd, singer Boris took the chance to change his outfit backstage and returned with a red apron and a red feather necklace in order to perform ‘Engel’ (Angel) with a light in his mouth which gave the whole appearance a really weird feeling. Of course this song came up with a playback but as the visual effect was the main attraction it didn’t matter.

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So besides all kind of visual effects by the different kind of fireworks, like burning microphone tripods, flashes, lightning, flamethrower and sparkling drum sticks – and smelly ones of course, too – there was lots of action on stage. During the whole concert people where shouting for ‘Rein Raus’ (In Out) and the demand grew stronger for the second encore. This brought the guys in a difficult situation as they actually hadn’t planned to perform this song and they had to admit that they hadn’t practised this song for quite a while and were not sure if they were able to play it. For sure they were not eager to take the disgrace but in the end they gave in and performed the song and I have to say they did a good job. The second and last song of the encore was ‘Ohne Dich’ (Without you) – definitely one of my favourite songs of RAMMSTEIN. And so a very entertaining evening ended.

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Setlist
01. Mein Herz brennt
02. Links 234
03. Asche zu Asche
04. Feuer frei
05.Wiener Blut
06. Rosenrot
07. Keine Lust
08. ITDW
09. Der Meister
10. Sonne
11. Mein Land
12. Wo bist Du
13. Pussy
14. Waidmanns Heil
15. Du hast
16. Ich will
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17. Rammlied
18. Haifisch (with inflatable boat)
19. Engel
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20. Rein raus
21. Ohne Dich

Rating
Music: 9
Performance: 9
Sound: 9
Light: 9
Total: 9 / 10

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All pictures by Daniela Vorndran (http://www.vorndranphotography.com / http://www.black-cat-net.de/ / http://www.facebook.com/blackcatnet)


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