Rammstein

Rammstein has become my music of choice for work outs, hard hitting with lots of hooks to get you going. This Industrial/Metal/Dance Band is highly recommended to all hard rockers.

Scroll down past the album listings for a history of the band .


East German industrial titans follow up 2004's Reise Reise with this fifth studio album, whose title translates as "Rose Red". It consists of leftover material from the Reise Reise sessions which the band felt strong enough to merit a release in its own right. On this album they continue to broaden their palette with a track in Spanish and a duet with Texas's Sharleen Spiteri on "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" ("Don't Die Before Me"). Includes the single "Benzin" ("Petrol").

 

 

 

 

Rammstein's latest album continues the greatness of one of the most ingenious and unique metal acts ever put together. I would think that I would hear a mediocre or so-so song by them by now, but no. This band just gets better and every song they make is awesome.

Reise Reise is a great jump for the band, this is easily their most creative album musically and I think lyrically as well. Once you start hearing the accordion on the shanty-ish "Reise Reise", you know you are in for something special. The album is different musically in the use of the accordion also in Moscow, and the acoustic trappings of Los which has a very cavernous bluesy feel.

Lyrically you have the madness of Mein Teil (taking in the story of one of Germany's notorious recent murders), to the ingenious of crass comercialism with Amerika as lead singer Teil waxes about the glory of US domination. Or the great symobolism of Dali Lama which talks about a plane crash of scared passengers, alluding to the Dali Lama's own true fear of flying. Absoultely brilliant!

They even make some poignant beautiful music in Ohne Dich (Without You), Tiel and the band has never sounded so wonderful. And the closer Amour sounds like these Germans could easily fit in comfortable in some dingy Paris cafe. An incredibly diverse album filled with symbolism, great metal, and most importantly awesome tunes!

There's not a big precedent for German bands succeeding in the United States, the '80s bombast-rock of the Scorpions notwithstanding. Rammstein, however, may be the macho men to get the job done, at least in a concert setting. Decidedly Teutonic and militant in sound and lyrics--they sing in German and their commanding semi-industrial metal is compelling--Rammstein garnered rock-radio airplay for the catchy sing-along "Du Hast," which translates here as "You Hate" and bears a striking musical resemblance to the Golden Earring tune "Twilight Zone." While Sehnsucht's 11 songs are solid, it's the live shows where everything gels. There, KISS pyrotechnics and disturbing NIN-like images, for example, complement Rammstein's forceful music. Without the visual stimuli, Sehnsucht (which means "longing") is still a strong effort, but live is where the album's Germanic gems really shine. --Katherine Turman

 

 

This German industrial-metal machine has proven itself to be quite popular, with their engaging, potent brand of electronic-enhanced guitar rock and outlandish stage shows appealing to everyone from young teens to fortysomethings. (Their last studio release, 1998's Sehnsucht, went gold in the U.S.) On their third studio album, Mutter, the sextet augments its propulsive sound with a live string section and a soprano on a few tracks, while offering two mellower tracks to show their soft side. Even if they're not breaking down major barriers with their latest release, the enigmatic Rammstein should still continue pleasing numerous musical insurgents across the globe. --Bryan Reesman

 

 

 

 

The great Teutonic goth/industrial/heavy metal band Rammstein announced themselves loudly to the world with the release of their first studio album "Herzeleid" ("Heartbreak"). What an announcement it was, and continues to be. The band, and their worldwide legions of fans, have not looked back since.

The first track, "Wollt Ihr das Bett in flammen sehen" ("Would you like to see the bed in flames") not only kicks the album into high gear from the outset, but also vividly stamps Rammstein's inimitable style into the psyche: like hip-hop, it consists largely of simple electronic ostinati laced with sound-effects samples (in this case, lifted from the original Doom game); the lyrics are often not sung so much as forcefully recited. Unlike most hip-hop, though, the melodies are driven by some (at times, extremely) heavy guitars, drums, and keyboards. This is solid Industrial Rock, but it's also remarkably street-wise in its use of catchy, danceable grooves, and is even playful in a dark sort of way. Not that there isn't some anger in there - the song ends with chants of "Rammstein!", which not only serves to announce the band's name, but also as a rallying cry, as it refers to a tragic plane crash during an air show at the Rammstein U.S. Air Force Base that killed a good many onlookers. I don't know if the anger is justified, but the music certainly is: it kicks some serious ASS.

Barely pausing for breath, the album cranks it up a notch with "Der Meister" ("The Master"), which features anarchic lyrics about destruction. It's faster, grittier, and harder. The escalation continues with "Weisses Fleisch" ("White Flesh") - a combination that prompted many a reactionary critic to assume the band was Fascist. These people obviously don't listen to much rock-n-roll, and/or have a tin ear for Artistic Irony. All three songs - especially "Der Meister" - are works of pure exuberance. They are dripping with cheerful sarcasm, much as Pink Floyd's thematically similar tracks from "The Wall" ("In The Flesh (reprise)", "You Better Run", and "Waiting for the Worms").

Just when you think it couldn't get more energetic, "Asche zu Asche" ("Ashes to Ashes") slips the album into overdrive with its speed-metal revenge fantasy that sounds like it could have come right from the Quake sound track (I've blasted a lot of virtual monsters to this song).

The fifth track finally allows the album to relax and breathe with "Seeman" ("Sailor") - a remarkably spare and gentle ballad about positive change in the wake of shattering experiences. It's in this song, with its urgent plea for sanity in the midst of chaos, that one gets a glimpse of Rammstein's motives. They want to shake things up, yes, but to make life better. Or at least more fun. From where I stand, that's pretty much rock-n-roll in a nutshell.

The next three songs continue the trend of diversification with a variety of styles that are all, nonetheless, infused with Rammsteiny goodness: "Du Riechst so gut" ("You Smell so Good"), another speed-metal tune about obsession; the bluesy "Das Alte Leid" ("The Old Pain"); and the black-as-pitch gothic horror-cum-dance tune "Heirate Mich" ("Marry Me"), which borrows heavily from Edgar Allen Poe's fixation with dead lovers. But for the German lyrics, it could be a Nine Inch Nails cut. No doubt this is the one Gomez and Morticia Addams play on their anniversary. As an aside, this particular song, along with the final track, "Rammstein", was featured prominently (and to deeply chilling effect) in David Lynch's classic film Lost Highway.

The title track "Herzeleid" rips along next, followed by the catchy "Laichzeit" ("Spawning Time"), forming a trio of unorthodox love songs bred from an odd mix of wary realism and dark romanticism.

The last cut, "Rammstein", exemplifies another trait of the band's music - a kind of Spartan, poetic obliqueness in the lyrics that mostly leaves them open to interpretation. Lyricist Till Lindemann has said Rammstein's lyrics often work on three or four levels. Quite. On top there is the literal meaning of the words, which dutifully echo the heavy-metal nihilism we expect of a rock band from the former East Germany. Below is a more philosophical (and, I suspect, politically Libertarian) subtext that speaks a sociological or political message. Below that is an emotional cross-current of dark irony. Finally, there is that tongue-in-cheek playfulness I've always sensed in the band's music - the shocking, sophomoric kind of playfulness that has occasionally landed Rammstein in trouble for performing such stunts as the simulated anal sex act during the performance of "Büch Dich" ("Bend Down") during the "Mutter" tour (and which got them arrested in the U.S. for "indecency").

All told, a terrific album, let alone first album, for any rock band. --Wing J. Flanagan

 

 
 

Rammstein is a German Industrial Metal band formed in 1994. Their musical style, which they have dubbed Tanz-Metall ("Dance Metal"), incorporates elements of metal, Hard rock, industrial rock and electronic music. Their songs are performed almost exclusively in German. Rammstein is quite different from most bands due to their keyboard which plays elements of different kinds of instruments, helping to give their songs a "fuller" sound. This has earned them over 10 million records sold worldwide.


Rammstein's entire catalogue is published by BMG Music Publishing.

The band
Rammstein takes its name indirectly from the western German town of Ramstein, site of an airshow disaster in 1988. The band's signature song, the eponymous "Rammstein", is a commemoration of the tragedy that took place at the Ramstein Air Base. The extra "m" in the band's name means that it translates literally as "ramming stone" or "battering ram", reinforcing the style of music the band plays. Even though the lyrics are in German, the band has enjoyed success outside of Germany, both in Europe, North America as well as Australia and New Zealand. With the album Reise, Reise (2004), they became the internationally most successful German-language band of all time. Rammstein has had several top ten singles in Germany.

The band's members all come from the former East Germany, specifically East Berlin and Schwerin:
Till Lindemann (Lead Vocals)
Richard Z. "Scholle" Kruspe (Guitar)
Paul H. Landers (formerly Henry Hirsch) (Guitar)
Oliver "Ollie" Riedel (E-Bass)
Christoph "Doom" Schneider (Drums)
Christian "Flake" Lorenz (Keyboards)


Riedel, Schneider and Kruspe were the original founders of Rammstein, following an attempt by the latter to compose American-influenced music with a West Berlin band called Orgasm Death Gimmicks. As Kruspe put it, "I realized it's really important to make music and make it fit with your language, which I didn't do in the past. I came back [to Germany] and said, 'It's time to make music that's really authentic.' I was starting a project called Rammstein to really try to make German music." He invited Till Lindemann, a basket weaver and drummer for the band First Arsch, to join the project as a vocalist. The four entered a contest for new bands and won, attracting the interest of Paul H. Landers, who knew them all and decided to join the band. "Flake" Lorenz was the last member to join; he had played with Landers before in the band Feeling B and was initially reluctant to come on board, but was eventually persuaded to join. Their first album was released a year later.
They have been nominated for two Best Metal Performance Grammy Awards: in 1999 with the song "Du hast" and in 2005 with the song "Mein Teil".


Style
Although Rammstein is often generalized as industrial rock or especially in Germany as Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness), its music spans a variety of related styles, including German hard rock and heavy metal. The band was strongly influenced by Laibach, a Slovenian neo-classical and industrial group. Other influences include DAF (Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft), Oomph! and Ministry, but the contrast between individual songs such as "Bestrafe mich", "Ohne dich" and "Te quiero puta!" make the band difficult to classify.

Rammstein's style has tended to divide critics, some of whom have responded with memorably dismissive comments. Jam Showbiz (April 2001) described Mutter as "music to invade Poland to." New Zealand's Southland Times (Dec. 17, 1999) suggested that Till Lindemann's "booming, sub-sonic voice" would send "the peasants fleeing into their barns and bolting their doors." The New York Times (Jan. 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." "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."


Despite Rammstein's brutalist image, many of its songs lyrics demonstrate a certain sense of humour. "Zwitter", for example, is a bizarre take on narcissism (and bisexuality) through the persona of a hermaphrodite:
Wenn die anderen Mädchen suchten (When the others searched for girls)
Konnt ich mich schon selbst befruchten (I could already fertilize myself)


Similarly, the song "Amerika" features a tongue-in-cheek chorus:
We're all living in Amerika
Amerika ist wunderbar (America is wonderful)
We're all living in Amerika
Coca-Cola, Wonderbra! (for one chorus, this is replaced by "Coca-Cola, sometimes war")


Some of their songs show unexpected influences. "Dalai Lama" is an adaptation of the famous poem Der Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. "Hilf mir" was inspired by the short story "Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug" (from "Der Struwwelpeter") by Heinrich Hoffmann.


Lyrics
Nearly all of Rammstein's lyrics are in German. However, the band did record English versions of "Engel" and "Du hast", as well as covers of the songs "Stripped" and "Pet Sematary". In addition, the songs "Amerika", "Stirb nicht vor mir/Don't die before I do" and "Moskau" contain not only German verses, but also English and Russian choruses, respectively; "Te quiero puta!" is entirely in Spanish. "Ollie" Riedel commented that "German language suits heavy metal music. French might be the language of love, but German is the language of anger." (Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia, October 24, 2004)


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?"). In the song, the traditional affirmative response "ja" is replaced by the negative, "nein". The song starts, in fact, with a play on words: "Du... Du hast... Du hast mich..." meaning, "...You have me" or "... You hate me." (The words "hasst" (hate) and "hast" (have) are homophones). The ambiguity is later resolved as the line is completed: "Du hast mich gefragt" ("You [have] asked me").


Rammstein often uses rhyming to create similar effects. For example, from the song "Los":
Es ist hoffnungslos (It is hopeless)
Sinnlos (Senseless)
Hilflos (Helpless)
Sie sind Gott [pause]
Los


The last two lines above can be interpreted in three ways. "Sie sind Gott. / Los!" can mean "They are God. / Go!"; "Sie sind Gott los" can be translated as "They got rid of God;" while "Sie sind gottlos" means "they are godless". "Sie sind" could also be understood as the formal "you are" yielding three additional interpretations.


Movie and video appearances
Within only a few years of starting their career, Rammstein soon caught the attention of Hollywood for their explosive stage performances and energetic music. Directors David Lynch and Rob Cohen appear to be particularly strong fans; explaining why he set the first ten minutes of his thriller xXx in a Rammstein concert in Prague, Cohen said:


"I guess it was in 1997 I was going through Hamburg and I caught their [Rammstein's] show as they chased each other around with dildos spurting custard, the fire pots and all of that, this is a crazy band; they're very theatrical and exciting, but their music is very, very good and German; it's very interesting in terms of the energy it evokes."

Rammstein's movie appearances to date are as follows (Release Date, Film, Song):

February 18, 1997 Lost Highway "Rammstein", "Heirate mich"
October 21, 1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation "Engel"
August 4, 1998 For the Masses "Stripped"
March 30, 1999 Family Values Tour '98 "Du hast"
March 30, 1999 The Matrix "Du hast"
March 12, 2002 Resident Evil "Halleluja"
August 6, 2002 xXx "Feuer frei!" (performed live on film)
August 23, 2002 Lilja 4-Ever "Mein Herz brennt (film-remix)", "Mein Herz brennt"
August 9, 2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse "Mein Teil"
August 9, 2004 Fear.Com "Sonne"
2001 How High "Du hast"
2001 Wing Commander "Eifersucht"
2006 See No Evil "Mein Teil"
2006 CKY, Vol. 2 "Du hast"


Rammstein's song videos also tie in quite closely with films as they frequently "quote" from movies, including Quentin Tarantino's classic Reservoir Dogs in "Du hast" and From Dusk Till Dawn in "Engel".


Shows
Rammstein has achieved particular fame (not to mention notoriety) 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 kill").


The heat is so intense that on occasion, people have been carried out of Rammstein concerts suffering from heat exhaustion, and lighting gantries have been seen glowing red-hot from repeated fireball hits. The variety of the pyrotechnics can be seen in a recent concert playlist, which includes such items as "Lycopodium Masks", "Glitterburst Truss", "Pyrostrobes", "Comets", "Flash Trays" and "Mortar Hits".

The band's on-stage antics have included:
Band members using head-mounted flamethrowers ("Lycopodium Masks", also called "Dragon Masks") while singing/playing (example: "Feuer frei!" video);
Till Lindemann singing an entire song while on fire (example: "Rammstein" video); he now uses twin flamethrowers strapped to his arms;
Simulated sodomy and a liquor-squirting dildo;
"Flake" Lorenz being led by Till Lindemann in full bondage gear during stage performances of Bück dich (Only certain editions of Live Aus Berlin contain this footage potentially due to the arrest of both members at a June 1999 Worcester, Massachusetts concert);
Exploding drumsticks, drums, microphones and boots;
"Flake" Lorenz being roasted in a giant cauldron by a flamethrower-wielding Lindemann;
Rockets fired along cables strung above the audience;
Spark-shooting longbows, drumsticks, boots and guns;
"Flake" Lorenz destroying a keyboard in the style of The Who;
Microphones, guitars and keyboards on fire;
Band members surfing the crowd in a rubber boat (Most notably “Flake” Lorenz during Seemann on the Live Aus Berlin DVD) ;
"Flake" Lorenz driving around on a Segway HT during "Amerika".


Rammstein's shows have become increasingly elaborate since the first ones ten years ago, when their effects were confined to pouring kerosene around the stage and setting it alight. After some unfortunate early accidents the band took to employing professionals to handle the pyrotechnics; Lindemann himself is now a licensed pyrotechnician.


The band's costumes are equally outlandish. During the Reise, Reise tour they were wearing Lederhosen, corsets and vague military uniforms with steel helmets, 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 nappies.


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 humor. 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 humor, theater and our East German culture, you know?" (The Grand Rapids Press, Jul 22, 1999).


At the Metaltown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 30, 2005, Till suffered a knee injury when Flake accidentally ran into him with the Segway. This caused concerts scheduled in Asia to be cancelled.


Discography

Albums
After the Demos - 1994, Rammstein have only released five full-length studio albums: Herzeleid (1995), Sehnsucht (1997), Mutter (2001), Reise, Reise (2004), and Rosenrot (2005). Their only live album, Live aus Berlin, was recorded from a show in Wuhlheide Park, Berlin, in 1998. While Herzeleid was well-received, Sehnsucht is widely regarded as Rammstein's breakthrough album. The production of the follow-up album Mutter was an experience fraught with difficulty for the band, which nearly broke up as a result of the strains. However, the differences were resolved by the time Rammstein produced Reise, Reise.


The band's latest album, Rosenrot, was released on October 28, 2005. A number of songs that were left out of Reise, Reise for dramaturgical reasons make up the majority of the album, but a number of new songs have also been recorded. The band performed "Benzin", the first single from the album, at four shows in Wuhlheide Park on June 23-26, 2005, and four shows in the UK (Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow and Cardiff) in July 2005.
The band will take a timeout in 2006, and may work on a new album in 2007.



Covers and adaptations
Rammstein's songs have been covered by a number of other artists, notably the Pet Shop Boys, who remixed the song "Mein Teil". Recently, the group Gregorian reworked "Engel" as a Gregorian chant for their album The Dark Side. The same song has been covered by Belgian girls choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers, resulting in a very quiet, brooding version, contrary to the original. More unusually, the German composer Torsten Rasch has produced a classical opera cycle entitled "Mein Herz brennt", based on the album Mutter. The song "Alter Mann" was also done for the CD.


The cover of "Seemann" by Nina Hagen and Apocalyptica 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" together. The "Benzin" single also featured a remix of the song by Apocalyptica.


Rammstein has also done several covers themselves, including "Das Modell" by Kraftwerk, "Stripped" by Depeche Mode, "Pet Sematary" by The Ramones, which was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name (where King also writes about The Ramones), and sung by keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz, and "Shtil" (renamed "Schtiel") by the Russian heavy metal group Aria.


Controversies
Rammstein have not been shy of courting controversy and have periodically attracted condemnation from morality campaigners. Their stage act earned them a night in jail in June 1999 after the infamous giant dildo was used in a concert in Worcester, Massachusetts. Back home in Germany, the band has faced repeated accusations of fascist sympathies due to the dark and sometimes militaristic imagery of their videos and concerts, including the use of excerpts from the propaganda film Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl in the video for "Stripped". Also, the debut album Herzeleid, released in Germany in 1995, originally had a cover featuring the bandmembers' upper bodies without clothing; critics accused the band of trying to sell themselves as "poster boys for the Master Race". Rammstein have denied this vigorously and the members of the band have said that they want nothing to do with politics as well as supremacy of any kind.


The song "Links 2, 3, 4" 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." (The Grand Rapids Press, July 22, 2001) Of course this is a two-sided thing, since "links, 2, 3, 4" is the usual command in marching practice in the German army, "links" referring to the left foot in that case. "Flake" recently stated on an on-line chat that the song was created in order to show that the band could write a harsh, "evil", military sounding song that was not about Nazi ideals.


In April 1999, it emerged that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two boys who perpetrated the Columbine High School massacre, were fans of Rammstein and had declared it to be one of their favorite bands. Rammstein came under heavy criticism from conservative and Christian groups in the United States, who claimed (among other things) that Till Lindemann's rolling Teutonic r's were an imitation of Adolf Hitler's diction. In response, the band issued a statement:


The members of Rammstein express their condolences and sympathy to all affected by the recent tragic events in Denver. They wish to make it clear that they have no lyrical content or political beliefs that could have possibly influenced such behavior. Additionally, members of Rammstein have children of their own, in whom they continually strive to instill healthy and non-violent values.


Jeff Weise of the Red Lake High School massacre was also said to have been a fan.


Following the tragic conclusion of the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia in September 2004, the Russian authorities claimed that the hostage-takers had "listened to German hard rock group Rammstein on personal stereos during the siege to keep themselves edgy and fired up." The claim has not been independently confirmed, and the Russian authorities are known to have been concerned that Rammstein was too appealing to "undesirable" elements in Russian society. A Rammstein concert in Moscow scheduled for July 19, 2002 was cancelled due to fears that it would attract skinheads.


In October 2004, the video for "Mein Teil" caused considerable controversy in Germany when it was released. It takes a darkly comic view of the Armin Meiwes cannibalism case, showing musicians of the band being held on a leash by a transvestite and rolling around in mud. The controversy did nothing to stop (and may even have helped) the single rising to No. 2 in the German charts. Meiwes has now sued Rammstein for 50% of the money made on Mein Teil.


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 "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 Times, Jan 29, 2005)


The video for "Mann gegen Mann" ("Man against man") from their latest album "Rosenrot" may have caused some controversy, as most of the bandmembers are naked in the video (however, Till Lindermann, the singer, isn't totally naked: he has underpants in the video). Still, there are multiple naked men in the video, their buttocks clearly visible, but not their genitalia. The video has been played uncensored on MTV.

---Wikipedia

 

Back To Top


About Us | FAQ | Contact Us | Disclosure

Southern Metal Hard Rock Obscure Classic Jazz Blues Rave New Age Misc

New Album T-Shirts Mp3s Dedications Bands/Links What's New Pics For Musicians


 

Band's We Love Awesome DVDs Cool Sites Fun Sites Goofy Sites