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Gig review: Rammstein at the O2 Arena, London, February 24.

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As they surprised everyone by emerging from within the crowd at the sold out O2 Arena in Greenwich, brandishing flaming torches, it became obvious straight away that Germany’s number one music export were determined to put on one hell of a show.

Currently touring in support of their greatest hits album (Made in Germany) at sold out venues across the world, the six-strong industrial-metal band are not ones to miss the opportunity to try to (almost literally) raise the roof.

Beginning with a platform lowering from the ceiling at seemingly random intervals, before their appearance from the surprising location, the show was a non-stop of stunning visual set pieces, many of them X-rated.

Among the highlights was a second stage popping up near the back of the arena so that those who had a poor view most of the night suddenly, unexpectedly, found themselves in the best part of the crowd.

Others included vocalist Til Lindemann appearing to be sing and breathe fire at the same time during ‘Feuer Frei!’.

Keyboard player Christian ‘Flake’ Lorenz risked life and limb as part of the theatrics looking like he was close to being burnt alive inside a giant cooking pot by Lindemann’s flamethrowers during ‘Mein Teil’, and later travelling the entire length of the crowd (and back) by crowdsurfing in a dinghy.

The music much of the time secondary to the theatrics was performed with the group’s usual precision and power, with a set aptly including songs spanning their career.

Classics like ‘Du Hast’ were greeted with glee and enthusiasm by the crowd attempting to sing along in their best German or impressions of whatever they thought Lindemann was saying.

Surprisingly, the band manages to make their show bigger and better every time they play.

It’s hard to imagine what they can do next time to top this tour, but this reviewer will be doing his best to find out.

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