Like many bands, Rammstein have their pandemic album. Of course, being Rammstein, Zeit goes much harder, much heavier. After the band’s busy touring schedule was grounded by COVID-19, they hit the studio, finding artistic inspiration in the grave circumstances surrounding the recording sessions. It’s a typically intense listening experience, with punishing riffs, foreboding vocals, and lyrics that upend your expectations at every turn—here you’ll find the band delighting in crassness, while just around the corner they’re delving into even more delicate topics, namely despair, death, and emotion. Rammstein has always been a band that takes pleasure in provocation and with these sometimes nuanced lyrical excursions, they’re certainly headed off in uncharted directions. And it works. Forceful, fiery, and perfect for the times we’re living in.