band from Berlin, formed in 1994. The band consists of members Till Lindemann
), Richard Z. Kruspe (lead guitar
and backing vocals
), Paul H. Landers
, backing vocals), Oliver "Ollie" Riedel
), Christoph "Doom" Schneider
and electronic percussion
) and Christian "Flake" Lorenz
s). They are widely accepted as part of the Neue Deutsche Härte
scene (alongside others such as Oomph!
, and Die Krupps
) and they are the genre's most successful band, achieving worldwide fame.
Their songs are usually in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages such as English, Spanish, French and Russian.
Willst du bis der Tod euch scheidet sie lieben auch in schlechten Tagen?
Du hast mich gefragt, und ich hab' nichts gesagt.
In ihren Lungen wohnt ein Aal. Auf meiner Stirn ein Muttermal. Entferne es mit Messers Kuss, auch wenn ich verbluten muss.
Feuer und Wasser komm'n nie zusammen. Kann man nicht binden, sind nicht verwandt. In Funken versunken steh' ich in Flammen und bin im Wasser verbrannt.
Bäng bäng! Feuer frei!
Tiefe Brunnen muss man graben, wenn man klares Wasser will. Rosenrot oh Rosenrot, tiefe Wasser sind nicht still.
Der Jüngling steigt den Berg mit Qual. Die Aussicht ist ihm sehr egal. Hat das Röslein nur im Sinn. Bringt es seiner Liebsten hin.
Ohne dich kann ich nicht sein. Ohne dich. Mit dir, bin ich auch allein. Ohne dich. Ohne dich zähl' ich die Stunden, ohne dich. Mit dir stehen die Sekunden. Lohnen nicht ohne dich.
Stein um Stein mauere ich dich ein. Stein um Stein. Ich werde immer bei dir sein.
Das Wasser soll dein Spiegel sein erst wenn es glatt ist, wirst du sehen wieviel Märchen dir noch bleibt und um Erlösung wirst du flehen.
band from Berlin, formed in 1994. The band consists of members Till Lindemann
), Richard Z. Kruspe (lead guitar
and backing vocals
), Paul H. Landers
, backing vocals), Oliver "Ollie" Riedel
), Christoph "Doom" Schneider
and electronic percussion
) and Christian "Flake" Lorenz
s). They are widely accepted as part of the Neue Deutsche Härte
scene (alongside others such as Oomph!
, and Die Krupps
) and they are the genre's most successful band, achieving worldwide fame.
Their songs are usually in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages such as English, Spanish, French and Russian. As of 2009, they have sold over 15 million records worldwide. Rammstein's live shows are famous for their pyrotechnic performance and theatrics, earning them awards from many countries, including The United States of America. Rammstein's entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group
. Since their formation in 1994, Rammstein has had no changes in their band line-up nor have any members left the band.
The band has stated that it was originally named after the Ramstein airshow disaster
The band has stated that, despite fan speculation, their band is not named after the disaster, though their self-titled song
is a reference to the event.
Herzeleid (1995–1997)Rammstein began to record their first studio album titled Herzeleid
in March 1995 with producer Jacob Hellner
. They released their first single "Du riechst so gut
" on 17 August and released the album on 24 September 1995. Later that year, they toured with Clawfinger
in Warsaw and Prague. Rammstein headlined a tour of their own through Germany from 2 December to 22 December consisting of 17 shows which helped to boost the band's popularity. They then went on several tours throughout early 1996, releasing their second single entitled "Seemann" on 8 January 1996.
On 27 March, Rammstein performed on MTV
's Hanging Out in London; their first performance in the UK. Rammstein's first major boost in popularity outside Germany came when music director Trent Reznor
chose two Rammstein songs, "Heirate mich" and "Rammstein", for David Lynch
's film Lost Highway. The soundtrack for the film was released in the US in late 1996 and later throughout Europe in April 1997.
Rammstein then went on to tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland from September to October 1996, performing an anniversary concert on 27 September called "100 years of Rammstein". Guests to the concert included Moby
, Bobo and The Berlin Session Orchestra, Berlin director Gert Hof was responsible for the light show.
Sehnsucht and Live aus Berlin (late 1996–2000)Rammstein started recording Sehnsucht
in November 1996 at the Temple Studios in Malta. The album was again produced by Jacob Hellner
", the first single off of the album, was released on 1 April 1997 and reached gold status in Germany on 23 May. This prompted the release of a fan edition of the single, named Engel - Fan Edition. This contained two previously unreleased songs, "Feuerräder" and "Wilder Wein". Release of the second single from the album Sehnsucht was "Du hast
", which hit the German single charts August 1997 at number 5.
Rammstein then continued touring in the summer whilst Sehnsucht was released on 22 August 1997. The album reached number 1 in Germany after only two weeks in the charts. Simultaneously, Herzeleid and both the singles off Sehnsucht ("Du hast" and "Engel") were in the Top 20 of the German charts. Rammstein continued to headline sold out shows throughout Europe in September, October. On 5 December 1997, they embarked on their first tour of the United States with KMFDM
On 22–23 August 1998, Rammstein played to over 17,000 fans at the Wuhlheide in Berlin; the biggest show the band had played there up to that date. Supporting acts were Danzig
, Nina Hagen
, Joachim Witt
. The show was professionally filmed, intended to be released on their upcoming live DVD, Live aus Berlin
Rammstein embarked on a live tour with Korn
, Ice Cube
and Limp Bizkit
called the Family Values Tour
in September through to late October 1998. To further continue their success in the US, Sehnsucht received Gold record status on 2 November.
The band was nominated at the MTV European Music Awards for Best Rock Act and performed "Du hast" live on 12 November that year.
Rammstein had further success in 1999, starting off the year in February with a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd-annual Grammy Awards. A year after it was filmed, the Live aus Berlin concert was released on CD on 30 August 1999, with a limited edition double CD also available. Two weeks after it was released, Live aus Berlin went to number one in the German Album Charts. On 13 September and 26 November 1999 the video and DVD versions of the concert were released respectively.
Mutter (2000–2002)The recording of Rammstein's album Mutter took place in the south of France in May and June 2000, and it was mixed in Stockholm
in October. During Christmas 2000, Rammstein released an MP3 of "Links 2-3-4
" as a taster for their new album. Richard also wrapped a thread of his own hair onto the G string of his guitar just for this album, he said "It gave it a certain sound".
2001 was a busy year for Rammstein, starting in January and February with the band playing the Big Day Out festival
in Australia and New Zealand. January also heralded the shooting of the video for their upcoming single, "Sonne", recorded in Potsdam
at Babelsberger Filmstudios from 13 to 15 January 2001. The video was released on 29 January 2001.
The single for "Sonne" was released on 12 February 2001 in Europe, featuring an instrumental version of the song, two remixes by Clawfinger
and "Adios" from the upcoming album.
Mutter was released on 2 April 2001, sparking another Rammstein tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On 14 May, the second single off the album, "Links 2 3 4", was released, along with a video of the single on 18 May. After a tour throughout Europe in June, the band then toured the U.S., Canada and Mexico from June to August 2001.
", the third single from the album, was released on 10 September 2001 and a Tour edition of the Mutter album (the cover of which is red) was released, featuring alternative artwork and live versions of "Ich will", "Links 2 3 4", "Sonne" and "Spieluhr".
From 8 to 12 January 2002, Rammstein traveled to Prague to participate in a minor scene for the film xXx
. The band is seen in the opening scene, performing their song "Feuer frei!
" in a concert. "Feuer frei!" was released across Europe as the first single from the xXx soundtrack on 14 October 2002. Rammstein released two remixes of the song. Furthermore, the single's track listing included "Du hast" and "Bück dich" cover versions by Battery
. The video for the single was edited by Rob Cohen, which contains part Rammstein performance at the beginning of the film and part snippets from the film itself.
Reise, Reise (2003–2005)Rammstein recorded Reise, Reise
(meaning "Journey, Journey") at the El Cortijo studio in southern Spain in November and December 2003, it was mixed at Toytown studio in Stockholm, Sweden in April and May 2004.
The first single from the album was "Mein Teil
", released on 26 July 2004. The video was shot in the Arena, in the Treptow district of Berlin. Outdoor shooting took place at the Deutsche Oper (Opera House) U-Bahn
station on Bismarckstrasse. The director was Zoran Bihac, who also filmed the "Links 2 3 4" video.
The video for "Amerika" was filmed on 6–7 August 2004 in the ruins of the former cement works in Rüdersdorf
near Berlin, Germany under the direction of Jörn Heitmann (who also directed the "Ich will" video, among others). The space suits for the moon scenes were borrowed from Hollywood and 240 tons of ash were needed to create the moon landscape. The video premiered on 20 August 2004.
The second single from Reise, Reise was "Amerika
", released on 13 September 2004. With the album released on 27 September, it went straight to top 10 charts throughout Europe. According to the Billboard charts, Rammstein were now the most successful German-language band of all time. Rammstein then toured Germany through November and some of December 2004, releasing the single "Ohne dich
" on 22 November.
In February 2005, Rammstein toured Europe again. By 28 February 2005, Rammstein had played 21 concerts in front of more than 200,000 spectators in ten countries. It was on this tour that the band was faced with several lawsuits resulting from severe fire breathing accidents involving audience members. "Keine Lust
" was the fourth single released from Reise, Reise on 28 February 2005.
From 27 May to 30 July 2005, Rammstein played festivals across Europe. Footage from these concerts eventually ended up on Rammstein's live DVD Völkerball
, released in November 2006.
Rosenrot and Völkerball (2005–2006)In August 2005, Rammstein revealed the name of their next studio album: Rosenrot
. Their first single from the album, "Benzin
", was released on 5 October 2005, with its video premiere on 16 September 2005. Rosenrot was released worldwide on 28 October 2005. Directly following the release, the album continued the success of its predecessor, Reise, Reise, placing on top 10 charts in 20 countries.
16 December 2005 marked the release of the title track on Rosenrot. The video for "Mann gegen Mann
" was released on 6 February 2006, with the single being released on 3 March. On 19 February 2006, Rammstein had an asteroid named after them, 110393 Rammstein
On 17 November the first Rammstein Live DVD since Live aus Berlin
from 1998 was released. Völkerball
shows concert-performances by the band in England, France, Japan and Russia. The Special Edition is extended by a second DVD, which contains the documentaries "Anaconda in the net" by Mathilde Bonnefoy and the "Making of the album Reise, Reise" by Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers
. The limited edition was released as a large black-and-white photo-book with photos by Frederic Batier, who had accompanied the band through their recent tours. The photo-book edition contains two DVDs and two live albums.
Liebe ist für alle da & tour (2007–2011)The band took a time out in 2006, and began work again in 2007. The recording process took reportedly two years. In July 2009, the title track "Liebe ist für alle da" leaked
onto the internet, along with promotional materials. This has led Universal Music
to take action against certain fan sites.
It was confirmed in August 2009 that the new album will have 11 tracks, and mixing of the album — which was taking place in Stockholm
- has been completed. On September 1, 2009, it was confirmed on the band's website that "Pussy" will be the first single from the new album. On the same day, The Gauntlet posted a promotional video for it. The video also confirmed the new album title, Liebe ist für alle da
. Later, the title was confirmed again in an interview with Paul Landers for RockOne magazine.
The music video for "Pussy" was released on September 16, 2009, at 20:30 GMT, released especially for the adult website Visit-x. The video contains graphic scenes of male and female nudity as well as women engaging in sexual activity with the band members, although the actual sex scenes were performed by body doubles. The women featured in the video are German porn stars. Metal Hammer
released an edited version of the video onto their website. "Ich tu dir weh
" has been confirmed as the second single off the album by Paul and Flake, in an interview for Radio Eins. Although censorship of the song in Germany prohibits any advertisement, broadcast or public display, the video to "Ich tu dir weh" was released on December 21, 2009 on the adult website Visit-x, just like the video to "Pussy", after advertisement on the band's official German website; it depicts the band on stage in a similar configuration as the one on their 2009/10 tour. Any references to the video on the official website have since been deleted. In Europe, the single has been released on January 15, 2010, and in the U.S. on January 19, 2010. Like the video "Pussy" also this video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. On Friday April 23, 2010, Rammstein released their video "Haifisch
". Unlike the video for Ich tu dir weh, it contains more of a storyline rather than a performance. The single was released during May and June 2010.
On November 8, 2009 Rammstein began the first leg of the Liebe ist für alle da Tour
In Lisbon, Portugal. As part of their European summer tour, Rammstein performed at the 2010 Rock AM Ring Festival on 4–6 June 2010. They also headlined several shows across Europe on the Sonisphere Festival
, including their first ever outdoor UK performance at Knebworth Park, performing the day before Iron Maiden
. On Sunday July 18, 2010, Rammstein played in front of more than 130,000 people in Quebec City
on the Plains of Abraham
as the closing show for the Festival d'été de Québec. It was their first North American appearance in 9 years. The band announced that their last tour dates of 2010 were to be in the Americas. After several South American dates, the band returned to the United States for a single show at the famous Madison Square Garden
in New York City
- their first US show in over nine years, it is rumored that tickets sold out in as little as fifteen minutes. They also performed at Bell Centre
in Montreal, Canada on December 9. This concert also sold out within the first hour of tickets going on sale, indicating a high demand to see Rammstein in North America. The band then played at Big Day Out 2011 from January 21 to February 6 in New Zealand and Australia. The band also visited South Africa for the first time in 2011 and played two concerts at Cape Town and Johannesburg. On February 16, 2011, Rammstein announced that after the massive success of their sold out Madison Square Garden
show on December 11, 2010 they would be touring North America after 10 years, making stops in New Jersey (East Rutherford) Izod Center, Montreal Bell Centre
, Toronto Air Canada Centre
, Chicago Allstate Arena
, Edmonton Rexall Place
, Seattle Tacoma Dome
, San Francisco (Oakland) Oracle Arena, Los Angeles The Forum (Inglewood), and Las Vegas Thomas and Mack Center, Mexico City's Palacio de los Deportes
, Guadalajara's Arena VFG
, and Monterey's Auditorio Banamex to a total of six U.S dates, three Canadian dates, and four Mexican dates. Tickets went on sale February 25 and 26 to great response, with many shows completely selling out, making this tour a complete success. On April 20, 2011 the band also won the Revolver Golden God Award
for Best Live Band, their first U.S award.
Made In Germany 1995–2011 (2011–present)Rammstein will release a greatest hits album titled Made in Germany 1995–2011
on December 2, 2011. It will contain one previously unreleased track, "Mein Land
" which was released as a single on November 11, 2011 with another track, "Vergiss Uns Nicht", that was released at a later date. The compilation will be available in three different editions. The standard edition, special edition, and a super deluxe edition. The video for the song "Mein Land
" was filmed on May 23, 2011 at Sycamore Beach in Malibu, California. It premiered on the band's official website on November, 11, 2011. A full European tour in support of Made in Germany has been confirmed that will span from November 2011 to March 2012, as well as a North American tour that will span from April–May 2012. The Swedish industrial band Deathstars
will be the support band during the first leg of the European tour.
Musical style and influencesAlthough Rammstein is often generalized as Neue Deutsche Härte
, their music spans a variety of related styles, including heavy metal
, industrial music
, and groove metal
The band has a flair for costumes of all sorts, both in live shows and in videos. In the "Keine Lust" video, all members of the band except Flake were dressed in fat suits. In the "Amerika" video, all members of the band wore space suits. Live, the band experiments even more with costumes. In the Völkerball concert, among others, Till changed costumes between songs, dressed accordingly for each. For example, in "Mein Teil", he was dressed as a butcher, in "Reise, Reise", as a sailor. The rest of the band each wore their own preferred costume, but none as outlandish or themed as Till's.
Rammstein's style has tended to divide critics, some of whom have responded with memorable comments. Jam Showbiz (April 2001) described Mutter
as "music to invade Poland to
". New Zealand's Southland Times (December 17, 1999) suggested that Till Lindemann's "booming, sub-sonic voice" would send "the peasants fleeing into their barns and bolting their doors", while the New York Times (January 9, 2005) commented that on the stage, "Mr. Lindemann gave off an air of such brute masculinity and barely contained violence that it seemed that he could have reached into the crowd, snatched up a fan, and bitten off his head." Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic commented that "their blend of industrial noise, grinding metal guitars, and operatic vocals is staggeringly powerful." "We just push boundaries", said Till Lindemann in an interview with rock magazine Kerrang!
. "We can't help it if people don't like those boundaries being pushed."
" (Depeche Mode). In addition, the songs "Amerika", "Stirb nicht vor mir/Don't Die Before I Do," and "Pussy" contain lyrics in English. The song "Moskau" ("Moscow") contains a chorus in Russian. "Te quiero puta!" is entirely in Spanish. Oliver Riedel commented that, "German language suits heavy metal music. French might be the language of love, but German is the language of anger."
The lyrics of Rammstein, and their utterance by singer Till Lindemann, are an essential element of the music and shape the perception by fans and a wider public. Among other things that are often very controversial, Rammstein also uses lyrics of classical German literature, e.g. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous poems Der Erlkönig
(1778) and Das Heidenröslein
(1771) for the songs "Dalai Lama" and "Rosenrot", respectively.
Many of their songs are inspired by real life events. These songs include Rammstein (Ramstein airshow disaster
), Mein Teil (The Meiwes Case
), Wiener Blut (Fritzl case
), and Donaukinder (2000 Baia Mare cyanide spill
Wordplay is a fundamental component of Rammstein's lyrics. In many instances, the lyrics are phrased such that they can be interpreted in several ways. The song "Du hast", for example, is a play on German marriage
vows (Willst Du, bis der Tod euch scheidet, treu ihr sein für alle Tage? – "Will you, until Death separates you, be faithful to her for the rest of your days?"). In the song, the traditional affirmative response, Ja ("Yes"), is replaced by its negation Nein ("No"). The song starts, in fact, with a play on words: Du... Du hast... Du hast mich... meaning "You have me". This line is often mistaken for "You hate me", because in German, there is only a very subtle (if any) distinction (hast may be pronounced slightly softer than hasst) between the pronunciation of Du hasst which means "you hate" and Du hast which means "you have". The pun is later resolved as the line is completed; Du hast mich gefragt ("You [have] asked me"). Confusingly, the band did also make an English version of the song named "You Hate" which was not translated directly from "Du hast". While many arguments are made about "Du hast", it is known that Rammstein used this wording to mislead and create humour in the song, causing many non-native speakers of German to be confused.
Live performancesRammstein has achieved particular fame for its hugely over-the-top stage show, using so many pyrotechnics
that fans eventually coined the motto "Other bands play, Rammstein burns!" (a quip at Manowar's
song "Kings of Metal", which states, "other bands play, Manowar kills"). After an accident in the Arena in Berlin where some burning decoration parts fell (27 September 1996) the band used professionals to handle the pyrotechnics; Lindemann himself is now a licensed pyrotechnician who spends entire songs engulfed head-to-toe in flames. He has suffered multiple burns on his ears, hair and arms.
Masks", "Glitterburst Truss", "Pyrostrobes", "Comets", "Flash Trays" and "Mortar Hits".
The band's costumes are equally outlandish. During the Reise, Reise tour, they wore Lederhosen
s and vague military uniforms with stahlhelm
s, while during the Mutter tour the group kept to the themes of the album artwork and descended onto the stage from a giant uterus
while wearing diapers.
Since the Mutter-Tour, starting in 2001, Rammstein have worked with stage designer Roy Bennett, who helped the band in developing the look of the stages. With the Reise, Reise-Tour (2004/2005), the band began using a two-level stage, with half the band playing the lower level, as the other half was placed at the upper. At this tour, the upper level rose over 2 meters above the stage floor, and had an oval entrance, just beneath the drums. At both sides of the upper level, a special lift made it possible for the bandmembers to access both stage levels.
On the LIFAD-Tour (starting 2009), the new stage still had a two-level design. This time however, the upper level only had about half the height as on the previous tour. Stage entrance was possible by a hydraulic ramp in the middle of the stage floor. At each end of the upper level, stairs are placed in order to gain access to both levels.
This tour does not only include lots of pyrotechnics, but also a massive lighting show, for example the famous band logo-cross as big lamps and four enormous collapsible towers, forming the industrial backdrop of the set, capable of doing different lighting effects.
According to Kruspe, the on-stage wackiness is entirely deliberate (Rammstein's motto according to Schneider is: "Do your own thing. And overdo it!"). The aim is to get people's attention and have fun at the same time: "You have to understand that 99 percent of the people don't understand the lyrics, so you have to come up with something to keep the drama in the show. We have to do something. We like to have a show; we like to play with fire. We do have a sense of humour. We do laugh about it; we have fun... but we're not Spinal Tap
. We take the music and the lyrics seriously. It's a combination of humour, theater and our East German culture, you know?"
Their onstage antics have also led them to trouble. During their stint on the American Family Values Tour 1998, alongside acts such as rapper Ice Cube, Korn
, Limp Bizkit and Orgy, the band was arrested for indecency. In one of the more infamous moments, Rammstein's vocalist, Till Lindemann engaged in simulated sodomy
with the keyboardist, Christian 'Flake' Lorenz, during their performance of "Bück dich" in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were subsequently arrested and fined $25 and spent one night in jail. The band attempted to appeal the fine, and spent more in legal fees and court fees than the $25 fine.
Covers and adaptationsRammstein's songs have been covered by a number of other artists, These include:
- "EngelEngel (song)"Engel" is a song by German Industrial metal band Rammstein. The song is released as the first single from their second album Sehnsucht...
" has been covered by several artists:
- The group GregorianGregorian (band)Gregorian is a German band headed by Frank Peterson that performs Gregorian chant-inspired versions of modern pop and rock songs. The band features both vocal harmony and instrumental accompaniment.- Band history :...
reworked it as a Gregorian chantGregorian chantGregorian chant is the central tradition of Western plainchant, a form of monophonic liturgical music within Western Christianity that accompanied the celebration of Mass and other ritual services...
for their album The Dark Side.
- German singer Hildegard KnefHildegard KnefHildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was a German actress, singer and writer. She was billed in some English language films as Hildegard Neff or Hildegarde Neff.-Early years:...
recorded a cover of the song.
- Belgian girls choir Scala & Kolacny BrothersScala & Kolacny BrothersScala & Kolacny Brothers is a Belgian women's choir, conducted by Stijn Kolacny and arranged and accompanied by Steven Kolacny on the piano. Formed in 1996 and winning the Belgian 'Choir of the Year'-contest in 2000, they have made five studio albums, starting with On The Rocks in 2002.Most songs...
recorded a very quiet, brooding version, contrary to the original.
- Chilean aggrotech/industrial metal band Vigilante covered it on their 2008 remix album.
- An obscure Engel parodyParodyA parody , in current usage, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on, or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation...
called Trüffelschwein became available over the popular p2pPeer-to-peer file sharingP2P or Peer-to-peer file sharing allows users to download files such as music, movies, and games using a P2P software client that searches for other connected computers. The "peers" are computer systems connected to each other through internet. Thus, the only requirements for a computer to join...
networks of the 1990s. The song is often credited to be the work of one of two bands; KnorkatorKnorkatorKnorkator is a German band from Berlin that combines heavy metal with comical elements. They proclaim themselves to be "Germany's most band in the world" , as the title "The best band in the world" was already taken by Die Ärzte...
, or Urinstein, although no reliable source has been provided to support either claim. The song is generally thought to be from the album "Angepisst" by Urinstein.
- The group Gregorian
- "Mein Herz brennt": German composer Torsten Rasch has composed a classical symphonic song-cycle entitled "Mein Herz brennt" ("My heart burns"), based on the music of Rammstein, produced by Sven HelbigSven HelbigSven Helbig is a German composer, director and music producer.- Bio :In 1996, Sven Helbig and hornist Markus Rindt founded the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is specialized in new, symphonic music in unusual productions and was the first European symphony orchestra to exclusively...
for Deutsche Grammophon.
- "Seemann": by ApocalypticaApocalypticaApocalyptica is a band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén...
& Nina HagenNina HagenNina Hagen is a German singer and actress.-Early years:Hagen was born as Catharina Hagen in the former East Berlin, East Germany, the daughter of Hans Hagen , a scriptwriter, and Eva-Maria Hagen, an actress and singer...
. This cover impressed Rammstein so much that they took Apocalyptica as co-headliner on tour with them in Spring 2005, and invited the band on stage to perform "Ohne dich" ("Without you") and "Mein Herz brennt" ("My Heart burns") together. The "BenzinBenzin"Benzin" is a song by German industrial metal band Rammstein, released as the first single from their album Rosenrot.In Germany, gasoline is called Benzin . Till has confirmed in an interview that the song Benzin is about the rising gas prices...
" single also featured a remix of the song, called "Kerosiini" by Apocalyptica.
- "Ohne dichOhne dich"Ohne dich" is a power ballad by German band Rammstein from the album Reise, Reise. It is seen as expressing mourning over the loss of a loved person. It was released as the third single from the album on 22 November 2004 in Germany , Switzerland and Austria. Other countries' releases followed up...
": remixRemixA remix is an alternative version of a recorded song, made from an original version. This term is also used for any alterations of media other than song ....
ed (and new vocals added) by LaibachLaibach (band)Laibach is a Slovenian avant-garde music group associated with industrial, martial, and neo-classical musical styles. Laibach formed June 1, 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia . Laibach represents the music wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst art collective, of which it was a founding member in 1984...
- "Weißes FleischWeißes FleischWeißes Fleisch is a song by the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It is the third track on their debut album Herzeleid. It is a song about assault and rape...
": by the German death metalDeath metalDeath metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It typically employs heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, minor keys or atonality, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes....
band DebaucheryDebauchery (band)- History :They are currently signed to German label AFM Records and have toured extensively through Europe. The band was formed in 2000 as Maggotcunt, but changed their name in 2002 to Debauchery. Debauchery consisted of Thomas Gurrath and Dani until Dani was forced to leave the band in 2006...
, who covered the song for their Back In Blood album.
- "Rammstein": a parody by German radio DJ duo Kai & Baltzi renamed "Rindfleisch" aired on Delta Radio around 2001 and was later available as download.
- "Mein TeilMein Teil"Mein Teil" is the first single by the German industrial metal band Rammstein from their fourth album Reise, Reise. The song is inspired by the case of Armin Meiwes and Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes. In March 2001, in Rotenburg an der Fulda, the two men aged in their 40s met each other, cut off and...
": a bluegrass version appears as a bonus track on the band Hayseed DixieHayseed DixieHayseed Dixie is an American band which began in the autumn of 2000 with the release of their first album, A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC. The band performs a mixture of cover versions of hard rock songs and original compositions in a style that is a unique fusion of bluegrass and rock music and are...
's 2007 album Weapons of Grass DestructionWeapons of Grass DestructionWeapons of Grass Destruction is the sixth full length album by American band Hayseed Dixie, released in 2007. The album's name continues the band's practice of adding the word grass to common phrases, in this case, weapons of mass destruction...
. The song was also covered by the German jazz metal band Panzerballet on their album Hat Genossen von Abba Zappa as well as by the Pakistani Industrial Metal band Black Warrant in one of their early albums.
- "Ein Lied": German pop singer NenaNenaGabriele Susanne Kerner , better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer and actress. She rose to international fame in 1983 with the New German Wave song "99 Luftballons". In 1984, she re-recorded this song in English as "99 Red Balloons". Nena was also the name of the band with whom she...
(author of "99 Luftballons" ("99 Air Balloons")) covered the song on her covers-album Cover MeCover Me (Nena album)Cover Me is a cover album by German pop star Nena, released in 2007. It contains songs that she likes.- CD 1 :# "Mach die Augen auf" # "Eiszeit" # "Der Sheriff" # "Mein weg ist mein Weg" # "Helden"...
- "Du HastDu hast"Du hast" German, "You have", whose title is a play on the homophones "hast" and "hasst" , is a song by German industrial metal band Rammstein. It was released as the second single from their second album Sehnsucht...
": is also played by the Turkish band maNga (band), Pakistani industrial metal band Black Warrant, and Chilean metal band Kanatran.
- "SonneSonne"Sonne" is a song by the German Neue Deutsche Härte group Rammstein. It was the first single released from the album Mutter...
": German metalcore band Caliban covered the song on their "Coverfield" EP.
- A Norwegian tribute band called Rammsund plays Rammstein's songs with lyrics translated into New NorwegianNynorskNynorsk or New Norwegian is one of two official written standards for the Norwegian language, the other being Bokmål. The standard language was created by Ivar Aasen during the mid-19th century, to provide a Norwegian alternative to the Danish language which was commonly written in Norway at the...
- "MehrLiebe ist für alle daLiebe ist für alle da is the sixth studio album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, which was released in most of Europe on 16 October 2009, the United Kingdom on 19 October 2009 and the United States on 20 October 2009.- History :The album title was confirmed on 1 September 2009, in a...
": American thrash/death metal outfit Common DeadNew Wave of American Heavy MetalThe New Wave of American Heavy Metal is a movement in that originated in the United States during the early to mid 1990s and has expanded most in the recent 2000s. Some of the bands considered part of the movement had formed as early as the late 1980s, but did not become influential or reach...
released an English cover of "Mehr" from Liebe ist für alle daLiebe ist für alle daLiebe ist für alle da is the sixth studio album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, which was released in most of Europe on 16 October 2009, the United Kingdom on 19 October 2009 and the United States on 20 October 2009.- History :The album title was confirmed on 1 September 2009, in a...
, with all six band member roles covered by frontman Andrew Laurenson on his lonesome.
Rammstein have also done covers themselves, including "Stripped
" by Depeche Mode
and "Das Model
" by Kraftwerk
Till Lindemann appears as a guest singer on the Apocalyptica album Worlds Collide
. They took on David Bowie's song "Heroes", which was also released in German as "Helden". Lindemann sings the German version, making his song the only German-language song on Worlds Collide.
Rammstein singles traditionally also have a large number of remixes, particularly from Clawfinger
campaigners. Till and Flake's stage act earned them a night in jail in June 1999 after a liquid-ejecting dildo
was used in a concert in Worcester, Massachusetts
. Back home in Germany, the band has faced repeated accusations of fascist sympathies because of the dark and sometimes militaristic
imagery of their videos and concerts, including the use of excerpts from the film Olympia
by Leni Riefenstahl
in the video for the Depeche Mode cover "Stripped". Their cover of their debut album Herzeleid, released in Germany in 1995, showed the band members bare-chested in a style that resembled Strength Through Joy in the eyes of some critics, who accused the band of trying to sell themselves as "poster boys for the Master Race
". Rammstein have vigorously denied this and said that they want nothing to do with politics or supremacy of any kind. Christian "Flake" Lorenz, annoyed by the claim, has remarked that it is just a photo, and should be understood as such. Herzeleid has since been given a different cover in North America, depicting the band members' faces. The clip for the song Amerika shows people from different nationalities throughout the video and Rammstein members taking photographs with them at the end of the clip.
The song "Links 2-3-4
" (Links being German for "left") was written as a riposte to these claims. According to Kruspe, it means, "'My heart beats on the left, two, three, four'. It's simple. If you want to put us in a political category, we're on the left side, and that's the reason we made the song".
According to the German online music magazine Rammstein, through this song, positioned themselves on the side of Oskar Lafontaine
, co-chairmen of The Left
Party and former chariman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
, who had used the expression "the heart beats left" before. They write:
Rammstein embed the Lafontaine saying My heart beats left into their lyric and cite a line of an old Hannes WaderHannes WaderHannes Wader is a German singer-songwriter . He was an important figure in German leftist circles from the 1970s on, with his songs covering such themes as socialist and communist resistance to oppression in Europe and other places like Latin America...
workers' song ("Left, 2, 3, 4; left 2, 3, 4; where your place is comradeComradeComrade means "friend", "colleague", or "ally". The word comes from French camarade. The term is frequently used by left-wing organizations around the globe. "Comrade" has often become a stock phrase and form of address. This word has its regional equivalents available in many...
, line up into the Workers' United FrontUnited frontThe united front is a form of struggle that may be pursued by revolutionaries. The basic theory of the united front tactic was first developed by the Comintern, an international communist organisation created by revolutionaries in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.According to the theses of...
, if you are a worker").
Christian "Flake" Lorenz stated that the song was created to show that the band could write a harsh, evil, military-sounding song without being Nazis
VideosIn October 2004, the video for "Mein Teil
" ("My part") caused considerable controversy in Germany when it was released. It takes a darkly comic view of the Armin Meiwes
cannibalism case, showing a cross dressed Schneider
holding the other five band members on a leash and rolling around in mud. The controversy did nothing to stop the single rising to No. 2 in the German charts. Meiwes (who was convicted of manslaughter in 2004, then retried in 2006 and found guilty of murder) brought suit in January 2006 against the band for infringement of rights to the story.
The band's own views of its image are sanguine: "We like being on the fringes of bad taste", according to Paul H. Landers, while Christian "Flake" Lorenz comments "The controversy is fun, like stealing forbidden fruit. But it serves a purpose. We like audiences to grapple with our music, and people have become more receptive".
The video for "Mann gegen Mann
" ("Man against Man") from their fifth studio album Rosenrot may have caused some controversy, as most of the band members are naked in the video. The lead singer Till Lindemann is wearing what can best be described as "latex
underwear". In addition, there are multiple naked men in the video, with clearly visible buttocks, though genitalia could be seen at 32 seconds into the video on Christian "Flake" Lorenz through the arm of the guitarist (Richard Z. Kruspe) and below the keyboard. The video has been played uncensored on MTV in Europe. The video has been rated FSK
16 in Germany and therefore can be played on television only after 10 PM. It is the second Rammstein video after "Stripped
" which includes nudity.
The video for "Pussy" was released September 2009. It features graphic scenes of nudity
along with women engaging in sexual activity with body doubles of the band members. It is the third Rammstein video to include nudity. Additionally, the band's video for their latest single, Mein Land
, released in November 2011, contains brief images of topless women.
Placement on the IndexOn November 5, 2009 their sixth studio album, Liebe ist für alle da
was placed on the Index of the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien
or BPjM (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons), making it illegal in Germany to make the album accessible to minors or display it where it can be seen by people underage, effectively banning it from stores. According to the official statement of the BPjM, the depiction of lead guitarist Richard Kruspe holding a chubby woman wearing only a mask over his knee and lifting his hand to strike her behind has given cause for offense, as well as the lyrics to "Ich tu dir weh" which supposedly assist to spread dangerous BDSM
techniques. Furthermore, the advisory board has taken into consideration the alleged promotion of unprotected sexual intercourse in the lyrics to "Pussy". The band, as well as several members of the German press, reacted with astonishment to the decision. Keyboardist Christian Lorenz expressed surprise at the advisory board's "parochial sense of art" and regretted their apparent inability to detect irony. On November 16, 2009 a stripped down version of Liebe ist für alle da was released. As of May 31, 2010, the administrative court in Cologne has decided to waive the suspensive effect of the inclusion into the Index (case 22 L 1899/09). The German department deleted the record from the Index on June 1 (Decision No. A 117/10). On June 9, the band announced on their official website that the original version of the album was already available at their shop and that a release of the single Ich tu dir weh in Germany was planned in a short period of time. In October 2011 the offending song was removed from the Index by a court ruling in Cologne.
Purported legal action against ApocalypticaIn 2010, Rammstein settled out of court against Apocalyptica
's former record label Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the successor of the by now defunct affiliated label “Gun Records” for using Rammstein's label in marketing their (Apocalyptica's) 2007 album Worlds Collide
(which featured a duet with singer Lindemann).
- Till LindemannTill LindemannTill Lindemann is a German musician, actor and poet who is the frontman for the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.-Biography:...
– lead vocals
- Richard Z. Kruspe – lead guitarLead guitarLead guitar is a guitar part which plays melody lines, instrumental fill passages, guitar solos, and occasionally, some riffs within a song structure...
, backing vocals
- Paul H. LandersPaul LandersPaul H. Landers is a German musician, notable as rhythm guitarist for the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.-Early life:...
– rhythm guitarRhythm guitarRhythm guitar is a technique and rôle that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with singers or other instruments; and to provide all or part of the harmony, ie. the chords, where a chord is a group of notes played together...
, backing vocals
- Oliver "Ollie" RiedelOliver RiedelOliver "Ollie" Riedel is a German musician, notable for being the bassist for the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.-Early years:...
– bass guitarBass guitarThe bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....
- Christoph "Doom" SchneiderChristoph SchneiderChristoph "Doom" Schneider is a German musician. He is the drummer of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.-Early life:...
– drumsDrum kitA drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and often other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single person ....
, percussionPercussion instrumentA percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound when hit with an implement or when it is shaken, rubbed, scraped, or otherwise acted upon in a way that sets the object into vibration...
- Christian "Flake" LorenzChristian LorenzChristian "Flake" Lorenz is a German musician, notable as the keyboardist for the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. He is also known for his role in the band Feeling B.-Early years:...
– keyboardsKeyboard instrumentA keyboard instrument is a musical instrument which is played using a musical keyboard. The most common of these is the piano. Other widely used keyboard instruments include organs of various types as well as other mechanical, electromechanical and electronic instruments...
, samplesSampling (music)In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song or piece. Sampling was originally developed by experimental musicians working with musique concrète and electroacoustic music, who physically...
- HerzeleidHerzeleidHerzeleid is the debut album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 29 September 1995. The album's original cover depicted the bandmembers' upper bodies without clothing...
- SehnsuchtSehnsucht (Rammstein album)-Chart positions:- Personnel :*Till Lindemann – Vocals*Richard Z. Kruspe – Lead guitars, backing vocals*Paul Landers – Rhythm guitars*Oliver Riedel – Bass guitar*Christoph Schneider – Drums*Christian "Flake" Lorenz – Keyboards*Bobo – Additional female vocals...
- Mutter (2001)
- Reise, ReiseReise, ReiseReise, Reise is Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein's fourth studio album. It was released on 27 September 2004 in Germany and followed shortly by its release across Europe. It was released in North America on 16 November 2004...
- RosenrotRosenrotRosenrot is the fifth album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on October 28, 2005 in Germany, December 6, 2005 in Canada, and March 28, 2006 in the United States. A limited edition with a bonus DVD is also available...
- Liebe ist für alle daLiebe ist für alle daLiebe ist für alle da is the sixth studio album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, which was released in most of Europe on 16 October 2009, the United Kingdom on 19 October 2009 and the United States on 20 October 2009.- History :The album title was confirmed on 1 September 2009, in a...
- Herzeleid TourHerzeleid TourThe Herzeleid Tour was the first concert tour by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, in support of their first studio album Herzeleid. The tour started on April 14th, 1994 in the city of Leipzig, Germany and ended on October 12th, 1996. During their third performance on December 31st, 1994...
- Sehnsucht TourSehnsucht TourSehnsucht Tour is the Second concert tour by German Industrial Metal band Rammstein, in support of their Second studio album Sehnsucht.-Setlist:#"Spiel mit mir"#"Herzeleid"#"Bestrafe Mich"#"Weisses Fleisch"#"Sehnsucht"#"Asche zu Asche"...
- Mutter TourMutter TourMutter Tour is the third concert tour by German Industrial Metal band Rammstein, in support of their third studio album Mutter.-Setlist:#"5/4"#"Mein Herz Brennt"#"Links 2 3 4"#"Feuer Frei!"#"Rein Raus"#"Adios"#"Mutter"#"Spieluhr"#"Zwitter"...
- Reise, Reise Tour (2004–2005)
- Liebe ist für alle da TourLiebe ist für alle da TourThe Liebe ist für alle da Tour was a concert tour by Rammstein that took place from 2009 through 2011 in support of their sixth studio album Liebe ist für alle da. The tour consisted of six legs and took place in Europe, North America, South America, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa...
- Made In Germany 1995-2011 Tour (2011–present)
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