Not Quite Metal?

Meet Romano, a German Rapper Obsessed with Black and Death Metal

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Romano - Metalkutte VideoIn theory, Romano, a rapper who loves metal, should not really be noteworthy: after all, it’s not as though we’ve never seen a rapper who digs metal before. There’s Ice-T, for one thing, but also Necro, these guys, and probably some other dudes I’m forgetting right now.

But Romano is noteworthy. Because what sets him apart from other metal-loving rappers is that i) Romano is German, ii) Romano has pigtails, iii) Romano also loves The 49ers, iv) the lyrics to his song “Metalkutte” (English: “Metal Cowl”) are about metal and name drop a ton of metal bands, and v) the video for “Metalkutte” features an extended choreographed dance sequence in which all the back-up dancers are wearing corpse paint, which also isn’t exactly an original idea (Goldfrapp did it in 2010), but, again, German pigtails 49ers jacket.

Here’s the English translation of the lyrics for “Metalkutte,” courtesy of Metal Insider (who translated “kutte” not as “cowl,” but as “frock”… just don’t want you to get confused):

Beautiful day, Walkman on!
Dark Sound – Underground
Do today ‘my habit chic
Listen my degree Black Metal mix
Now all the patches are there
Favorite bands completely clear
Oldschool, Morbid Angel, Bathory, Gorgoroth
Deicide, Mr. Benton with twisted cross on the head
Mayhem, Darkthrone, the guys from Emperor
Early 90s made the still correct Terror
1349 Patch with frost on the Drummer
I’m still missing Satyricon, Sarcófago and Hellhammer
Now it gets horny Kirchenbrand, diabolism, youthful energy
Norway bladder, skin, cold snow
And the freezing everything runs smoothly
Deep in the forest here in the big city

[Hook]
Check out my patches Today’s concert
Look how they stare at my masterpiece
Me and my cassock black metal cowl
Thrash Metal – Death Metal – Heavy Metal frock!

Check out my patches Today’s concert
Look how they stare at my masterpiece
Me and my cassock black metal cowl
Thrash Metal – Death Metal – Heavy Metal frock!

[Part 2]
Inverted Pentagram
Three times 6 Horned Hand
Southern Cross on the wall
Nietzsche’s Antichrist in the closet
Corpsepaint – hairs – sewing ‘my new patches on it
Unbeatable, Celtic Frost – Blut aus Nord came in the mail
Destruction, Autopsy, Resurrection and Massacre
Finest Trash and Death coming to the leather jacket later
Deathspell Omega, Aosoth French Black
Black Mass, every track you burn off your confessional
Nattefrost, Marduk and do not forget Urgehal
Ride to Hell today can feel ‘free fall
Now gehts los – Spikes, muscle shirt
Belted Nordic elemental force, habit on, ammunition
A dozen wolves waiting for the night
Deep in the forest here in the big city

And here’s the video for the song itself:

I’m not entirely sure that Romano is aware of how hilarious this all is (especially to ‘Muricans like me, who find the German language to be equal parts funny- and scary-sounding), but I gotta give the guy credit: this song is now stuck in my head. Scheiße.

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