At the end of April, a new song by Rammstein “Angst” appeared. Even the critics liked the song, and the fans generally “went in”. Rammas quickly got their bearings and decided to shoot a video clip for this song. The video turned out dark, but interesting. The following is an overview of the composition.
Meaning of Rammstein – “Angst”
The composition sings about the ease with which the mass media manipulate the mass consciousness. People from childhood are controlled. They are afraid because they are always being controlled, promising punishment for bad behavior. The song is even translated as “fear”. The rockers reinforced this feeling with a dark clip.
So, in the text of the composition, attention is focused on adult phobias of modern people. By analogy, there is a comparison with children’s fears. Schwarze Mann literally translates from German as “black man”, but in meaning it can be translated as “babayka, babai, boogeyman, evil grandfather, monster.”
The children’s game of the “black man”, widespread in Germany, is well known. This is a children’s scarecrow when parents frighten their naughty children with a black man who takes all naughty children. It looks like our sorcerers or bastards. Usually, first someone (a black person) loudly asks: “Who is afraid of a Black person?”, and on the other side the players answer: “Nobody.” Recently, by the way, this game for children has been criticized for its supposedly racist name.
Even in the video, the band members, having seen enough horrors on the Internet or on television and read newspapers, began to build walls and hastily arm themselves in order to destroy everything later. However, none of them noticed the real problems, namely refugees surrounded by barbed wire, watching all this through smartphone displays. Analogies come to mind on their own.
The phrase die Gasse in the song means “alley”, “narrow street”. It metaphorically refers to the superstition of people who intend to highlight every dark corner where a black person could hide (or just burn everything to the ground with him).
The meaning of the video Rammstein – “Angst”
Again, everything is gloomy, incomprehensible and “explodes the brain.” Although the video is made locally terrifying, its message is very clear. The clip is full of iconic symbols:
- beautiful scantily clad girls;
- six-sector circle;
- red wires.
Rammas in their video touched on the subject of manipulation through the media. From a young age, many are frightened by something (whether it be a monster or a street stranger who seeks to do something disgusting to someone), universal evil. Fear of the inevitable and sinister is rooted in everyone.
Only not so terrible already and children’s scarecrows. After all, fear – die Angst – is what encourages people to behave in a peculiar way in order to avoid bad consequences.
But with the clip, the situation is somewhat different. He not only completes the idea of the song, but also expresses it in a more meaningful and darker way, as if saying: “Look, we are manipulated through the media, television and music, we are controlled, fed by our fears and brains, but we do not notice this, because that they have forgotten how to look beyond their own noses. But first things first.
The opening scene of the clip is people sitting in a fenced circle watching the clip. Six creatures in black robes that cut open the brains with a table knife. Through this, they try to tell us that they feed on the minds of people, forcing them to behave thoughtlessly and become more suggestible. These same creatures, as it turns out later, also feed on the fears of people.
A madman is brought to the podium, whose voice begins to sound from all the TVs, and strange things begin to happen to people.
As we saw earlier, ordinary people are in a circle and go about their business, laughing and mowing the lawn. It is clear that they are neighbors. There are no fences between them, but after they begin to hear the voice of the leader, they first begin to build walls (they buy bricks from the girls who were shown both carrying the madman and standing behind the musicians) to separate from each other.
People try to isolate themselves from each other because they have been taught that they should be afraid of each other. It’s not just that when they receive weapons, the screens show not real enemies who could cause real harm, but neighbors, but with weapons in their hands. The formation of the so-called “image of the enemy”, although there is actually no enemy.
People are protected from each other, they begin to hate each other, although there was no weighty reason for this. They were simply instilled with hatred for each other and the need to take up arms in order to destroy what makes them feel uncomfortable. The broadcaster is happy because he managed to get people to obey, and the entities begin to feed on their fears, absorbing more and more of their emotions. And after the executions, they fall down into the darkness, where they become even more afraid.
But the most interesting thing is that the very opening scene with refugees sitting behind barbed wire just expresses the main idea of the clip – real problems are ignored. The fear and hatred of the people who lived side by side are directed at each other, their attention is diverted away from the real problem related to the state of affairs in the world.
And the very last scene, in which those ordinary people see these refugees and realize that they have been deceived all this time, is of particular importance, not only because it reveals the main idea of the video, but also because at this moment the three-color palette becomes color. A man breaks the TV, which has been deceiving them all this time, and ceases to be suggestible.
And the refugees, in turn, are watching what is happening through the phone screen. Both sides are lying. Fear makes people act thoughtlessly, with the help of it you can easily control anyone and make them do anything. It is in this that the main idea of the video for the song “Angst” is expressed.
What is the meaning of the song “Angst” by Rammstein?
This song is about fear and how it affects people.
“Angst” contains the image of the so-called “Black Man” – the Boogeyman from German fairy tales. The message is that children are threatened from childhood by monsters that live in the dark, who can eat or steal them. It is full of words that speak directly about fear and how a person changes because of it, becoming more fearful and cautious.
Nothing has changed over the years. People continue to experience a sense of fear, but not because they are afraid of the “Black Man”, who will drag them into the darkness, but more global things. The feeling of fear does not leave people for a second, it goes hand in hand with them. Fear makes them feel weaker and more confused. They begin to look for the very “image of fear” that they were instilled with in early childhood – the very monster that follows them and makes them feel uncomfortable.
The song says that this is not a misfortune of individual people, but of the whole people and the whole country, because they are still in fear, hiding behind barbed wires and walls, afraid of the one who broadcasts from the podium and manages all his people, intimidating them and manipulating their minds. And here, of course, one can draw an analogy with the Hitler regime.
The meaning of the song is that the fear that is instilled in everyone from childhood develops into global manipulation of consciousness through a feeling of fear that people cannot go against. Fear is a very strong feeling that prevents you from thinking rationally and seeing the essence of the surrounding problems and distinguishing lies. This is what the musicians are talking about.
In the very last lines of the song, fear is identified with every person through the phrase “You are a Black person”, which can be interpreted as the idea that every person is partly a monster, but does not notice this, because he is overwhelmed with a sense of fear that controls him and his the ability to think sensibly.