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Rammstein
Rammstein
(German pronunciation: [ˈʁamʃtaɪn]) is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band, formed in 1994 in Berlin. Throughout its existence, Rammstein's six-man lineup has remained unchanged—lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider, lead vocalist Till Lindemann, rhythm guitarist Paul H. Landers, and keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz. The band helped to found a subgenre within German hard rock and metal that became known as Neue Deutsche Härte. The majority of their songs are in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages including English, Spanish, French, and Russian.[1] Rammstein's award-winning live shows are known for their pyrotechnic elements and both on and off-stage theatrics.[2] Rammstein's entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Founding and Herzeleid, 1989–1996 1.2 Sehnsucht and Live aus Berlin, 1996–2000 1.3 Mutter, 2000–2002 1.4 Reise, Reise, 2003–2005 1.5 Rosenrot
Rosenrot
and Völkerball, 2005–2006 1.6 Liebe ist für alle da
Liebe ist für alle da
and tour, 2007–2011 1.7 Made in Germany
Germany
1995–2011, 2011–2013 1.8 Side projects, video releases, and 7th studio album, 2014–present

2 Musical style and influences 3 Lyrics 4 Live performances 5 Band longevity 6 Controversies

6.1 Imagery 6.2 Relation to violent events 6.3 Videos 6.4 Placement on the Index 6.5 Legal action

7 Awards 8 Members 9 Discography 10 Tours 11 See also 12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

History[edit] Founding and Herzeleid, 1989–1996[edit]

Richard Kruspe, one of the founding members of Rammstein

In 1989, East German
East German
guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe
Richard Z. Kruspe
escaped to West Berlin
Berlin
and started the band Orgasm Death Gimmicks. At that time, he was heavily influenced by American music, especially that of rock group Kiss. After the Berlin
Berlin
Wall came down, he moved back home to Schwerin, where Till Lindemann
Till Lindemann
worked as a basket-weaver and played drums in the band First Arsch
First Arsch
(loosely translated as "First Ass" or "First Arse"). At this time, Kruspe lived with Oliver Riedel
Oliver Riedel
of the Inchtabokatables and Christoph "Doom" Schneider of Die Firma. Kruspe had come to realize that the music he had previously created did not really suit him. He envisioned something that would combine machines as well as the sound of hard guitars. Kruspe, Riedel and Schneider started working together on a new project in 1993. Finding it difficult to write both music and lyrics, Kruspe persuaded Lindemann, whom he had overheard singing while he was working, to join the fledgling group. The band called themselves Rammstein-Flugschau ( Rammstein
Rammstein
Airshow)[3] after the 1988 Ramstein air show disaster. Guitarist Paul H. Landers said the spelling of Ramstein with the extra "m" was a mistake.[4] After the band became popular, the bandmembers denied the connection to the air show disaster and said that their name was inspired by the giant doorstop-type devices found on old gates, called Rammsteine.[5] The extra "m" in the band's name makes it translate literally as "ramming stone". A contest was held in Berlin
Berlin
for amateur bands in 1994, the winner of which would receive the opportunity to record a four-track demo CD in a professional studio. Kruspe, Riedel, Schneider, and Lindemann entered and won the contest, which sparked Landers' attention, who wanted in on the project upon hearing their demo. To complete their sound, Rammstein
Rammstein
attempted to recruit Christian "Flake" Lorenz, who had played with Landers in Feeling B. Though initially hesitant, Lorenz eventually agreed to join the band. Later, Rammstein
Rammstein
were signed by Motor Records. Rammstein
Rammstein
began to record their first studio album, Herzeleid, in March 1995 with producer Jacob Hellner.[6] They released their first single "Du riechst so gut" that August and released the album in September. Later that year, they toured with Clawfinger
Clawfinger
in Warsaw and Prague. Rammstein
Rammstein
headlined a 17-show tour of Germany
Germany
in December, which did much to boost the band's popularity and establish them as a credible live act. They went on several tours throughout early 1996, releasing their second single titled "Seemann" on 8 January. On 27 March 1996, Rammstein
Rammstein
performed on MTV's Hanging Out in London, their first performance in the UK. Rammstein's first major boost in popularity outside Germany
Germany
came when music director Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
chose two Rammstein
Rammstein
songs, "Heirate mich" and "Rammstein", for David Lynch's film Lost Highway. The soundtrack for the film was released in the U.S. in late 1996 and later throughout Europe in April 1997. Rammstein
Rammstein
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
Berlin
Session Orchestra, while Berlin director Gert Hof was responsible for the light show. Sehnsucht and Live aus Berlin, 1996–2000[edit] Rammstein
Rammstein
started recording Sehnsucht in November 1996 at the Temple Studios in Malta.[7] The album was again produced by Jacob Hellner. "Engel", the first single from the album, was released on 1 April 1997 and reached gold status in Germany
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
Rammstein
then continued touring in the summer while Sehnsucht was released on 22 August 1997. The album reached number 1 in Germany
Germany
after two weeks in the charts. Simultaneously, Herzeleid and both Sehnsucht singles ("Du hast" and "Engel") were in the Top 20 of the German charts. Rammstein
Rammstein
continued to headline sold-out shows throughout Europe in September and October. On 5 December 1997, they embarked on their first tour of the United States as the opening act for KMFDM. In August 1998, the band released a cover of the song Stripped, originally released by Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
in early 1986; it was included on the tribute album For the Masses, the Rammstein
Rammstein
version obtained moderate success in Germany
Germany
and Austria. On 22–23 August 1998, Rammstein
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
Joachim Witt
and Alaska.[8] The show was professionally filmed, intended to be released on their upcoming live DVD, Live aus Berlin. Rammstein
Rammstein
embarked on a live tour with Korn, Ice Cube, Orgy and Limp Bizkit called the Family Values Tour in September through to late October 1998. Continuing their success in the US, Sehnsucht received Gold record status there on November 2. The band was nominated at the MTV
MTV
European Music Awards for Best Rock Act and performed "Du hast" live on 12 November that year. Rammstein
Rammstein
had further success in 1999, starting off the year in February with a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 41st-annual Grammy Awards. A year after it was filmed, the Live aus Berlin
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
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. Further popularity ensued with the inclusion of "Du hast" in The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture. Mutter, 2000–2002[edit] Rammstein's album Mutter was recorded in the south of France in May and June 2000, and mixed in Stockholm
Stockholm
in October of that year. During December 2000, Rammstein
Rammstein
released an MP3 version of "Links 2-3-4" as a teaser for their new album. 2001 was a busy year for Rammstein, as the band needed to finish off the Sehnsucht Tour
Sehnsucht Tour
ending in January and February with the band playing the Big Day Out
Big Day Out
festival in Australia and New Zealand and playing some concerts in Japan. January also heralded the shooting of the video for their upcoming single, "Sonne", recorded in Potsdam
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
Clawfinger
and the song "Adios" from the upcoming album. Mutter was released on 2 April 2001, sparking another Rammstein
Rammstein
tour through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. On 14 May, the second single from 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. "Ich will", 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)[9] 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
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
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
Rob Cohen
and contains part Rammstein
Rammstein
performance at the beginning of the film and part snippets from the film itself. Reise, Reise, 2003–2005[edit] Rammstein
Rammstein
recorded Reise, Reise
Reise, Reise
(meaning "journey, journey", or as a command "travel, travel", but also an archaic Reveille) 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. 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 the second single, "Amerika", was filmed on 6 and 7 August 2004 in the ruins of the former cement works in Rüdersdorf, near Berlin, under the direction of Jörn Heitmann (who also directed the "Ich Will" music 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, while the single was released on 13 September. Reise, Reise
Reise, Reise
was released on 27 September 2004 and went straight into top 10 charts throughout Europe. According to the Billboard charts, Rammstein
Rammstein
were at that stage the most successful German-language band of all time. Rammstein
Rammstein
toured Germany
Germany
through November and some of December 2004, releasing the single "Ohne dich" on 22 November. In February 2005, Rammstein
Rammstein
toured Europe again. By 28 February, Rammstein
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" the fourth single from Reise, Reise, was released on 28 February 2005. From 27 May to 30 July 2005, Rammstein
Rammstein
played music festivals across Europe. Footage from these concerts can be seen on Rammstein's live DVD Völkerball, released in November 2006. Rosenrot
Rosenrot
and Völkerball, 2005–2006[edit]

Rammstein
Rammstein
performing along with Finnish act Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica
in 2005

In August 2005, Rammstein
Rammstein
revealed the name of their next studio album: Rosenrot. Their first single from the album, "Benzin", was released on 5 October, with its video premiere on 16 September. Rosenrot
Rosenrot
was released worldwide on 28 October. 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.[10] On 17 November, the first Rammstein
Rammstein
Live DVD since Live aus Berlin from 1998 was released. Völkerball
Völkerball
shows concert performances by the band in England, France, Japan and Russia. The Special
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 the band's 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
Liebe ist für alle da
and tour, 2007–2011[edit]

Rammstein
Rammstein
performing at the Gold Coast Big Day Out
Big Day Out
in 2011

The band took a hiatus in 2006 and began work again in 2007. The recording process reportedly took two years. In July 2009, the title track "Liebe ist für alle da" leaked onto the internet, along with promotional materials. This led Universal Music to take action against certain fan sites.[11][12] It was confirmed in August 2009 that the new album would have 11 tracks,[13] and mixing of the album – which was taking place in Stockholm
Stockholm
– had been completed.[14] On 1 September 2009, it was confirmed on the band's website that "Pussy" would be the first single from the album. On the same day, The Gauntlet posted a promotional video for it. The video also confirmed the album title, Liebe ist für alle da. Later, the title was confirmed again in an interview with Paul Landers
Paul Landers
for RockOne magazine. 46,7 The music video for "Pussy" was released on 16 September 2009, at 20:30 GMT, released especially for the adult website Visit-x.[15] The video contains graphic scenes of male and female nudity as well as women engaging in sexual acts with the band members, although the actual sex scenes were performed by body doubles.[16] The women featured in the video are German pornographic stars.[17] Metal Hammer released an edited version of the video onto their website.[18] "Ich tu dir weh" was confirmed as the second single from the album by Landers and Lorenz in an interview for Radio Eins. Although censorship of the song in Germany
Germany
prohibits any advertisement, broadcast or public display, the video to "Ich tu dir weh" was released on 21 December 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 on their 2009/10 tour. Any references to the video on the official website have since been deleted. In Europe, the single was released on 15 January 2010, and in the U.S. on 19 January 2010.[19] Like the video "Pussy," this video was also directed by Jonas Åkerlund. On 23 April 2010, Rammstein
Rammstein
released their video "Haifisch". Unlike the video for "Ich tu dir weh", it contains more of a narrative rather than a performance.[20] The single was released during May and June 2010.[21]

Rammstein
Rammstein
playing "Engel" in Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(11 December 2010)

On 8 November 2009, Rammstein
Rammstein
began the first leg of the Liebe ist für alle da Tour in Lisbon, Portugal. As part of their European summer tour, Rammstein
Rammstein
performed at the 2010 Rock AM Ring Festival on 4–6 June 2010.[22] 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 18 July 2010, Rammstein
Rammstein
played in front of more than 130,000 people in Quebec City
Quebec City
on the Plains of Abraham
Plains of Abraham
as the closing show for the Festival d'été de Québec. It was their first North American appearance in nine 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
Madison Square Garden
in New York City – their first US show in over ten years. The tickets sold out in a very short time (under 20 minutes). They also performed at Bell Centre
Bell Centre
in Montreal, Canada on 9 December. This concert sold out within the first hour of tickets going on sale, indicating a high demand to see Rammstein
Rammstein
in North America. The band then played at Big Day Out
Big Day Out
2011 from 21 January to 6 February in New Zealand and Australia. The band also visited South Africa for the first time in early 2011 and played two sold-out concerts in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, indicating another territory eager for the opportunity to enjoy the band live. On 16 February 2011, Rammstein
Rammstein
announced that, after the massive success of their sold out Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
show on 11 December 2010, they would be touring North America after ten years, stopping 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, 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 US dates, three Canadian dates, and four Mexican dates. Tickets went on sale 25 and 26 February to great response, with many shows completely selling out, making this tour a complete success. On 20 April 2011, the band also won the Revolver Golden God Award for Best Live Band, their first US award. Made in Germany
Germany
1995–2011, 2011–2013[edit]

Rammstein
Rammstein
performing in 2012

Rammstein
Rammstein
released a greatest hits album titled Made in Germany 1995–2011 on 2 December 2011. It contains one previously unreleased track, "Mein Land" which was released as a single on 11 November 2011 with another track, "Vergiss uns nicht", that was released at a later date. The compilation is available in three different editions: The standard edition; this includes a CD with normal songs from their back catalog. Special
Special
edition; has the same CD from the standard edition and an extra CD with Rammstein
Rammstein
songs that have been remixed by different artists such as Scooter. Finally, the super deluxe edition; has the two previously mentioned CDs and three DVDs with interviews and the making of videos from different music videos. The video for the song "Mein Land" was filmed on 23 May 2011 at Sycamore Beach in Malibu, California. It premiered on the band's official website on 11 November 2011. A full European tour in support of Made in Germany
Germany
began on November 2011 and spanned all the way to May 2012. It included a North American tour that began on 20 April 2012 in Sunrise, Florida and ended on 25 May 2012 in Houston, Texas that visited 21 cities throughout the US and Canada. The Swedish industrial band Deathstars
Deathstars
supported the band during the first two legs of the European tour.[23] DJ Joe Letz from Combichrist and Emigrate was the opening act for the North American Tour.

Christoph Schneider
Christoph Schneider
performing in 2015

Rammstein, minus Till Lindemann, performed "The Beautiful People" with Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson
at the Echo Awards on 22 March 2012. On 21 September 2012, it was announced that Rammstein
Rammstein
would be headlining Download Festival
Download Festival
2013, along with Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
and Slipknot. Twelve additional festival performances for summer 2013 were announced the same day, including Wacken Open Air
Wacken Open Air
festival and Rock Werchter.[24] Rammstein
Rammstein
announced new tour dates starting for spring 2013 in Europe,[25] including a 2-day return to Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide, the location of their first (official) live DVD, Live Aus Berlin.[26] On 22 November 2012, Rammstein
Rammstein
announced via Facebook
Facebook
that they will be releasing a video collection featuring all music videos entitled Videos 1995-2012, plus two unreleased music videos for "Mein Herz Brennt", originally featured on the album Mutter. The first video premiered on the band's Vimeo, while the second will premier on a promotional website. Both videos were directed by Zoran Bihac.[27] The first was released on 7 December 2012, and featured the newly recorded piano version of "Mein Herz Brennt". A single of the song was released on the same day, which included an edited version of the original and a new song titled 'Gib Mir Deine Augen' as a b-side.[28] The explicit version's video leaked onto the internet on 11 December 2012 but was officially released on 14 December, in conjunction with the video collection DVD.[29] In July 2013, guitarist Paul Landers
Paul Landers
revealed in an interview the possibility of a Rammstein
Rammstein
documentary and a live DVD. He indicated that the band may "start thinking" about a new album in 2014.[30] Side projects, video releases, and 7th studio album, 2014–present[edit] In September 2014, band co-founder Richard Z. Kruspe
Richard Z. Kruspe
(who is working with his side band, Emigrate[31]) said the band was preparing some more live DVDs and that they were taking some time off from the studio. The band will meet again in 2015 to decide if the time is right to return to the studio.[32] In May 2015, Lindemann confirmed in an interview with MusikUniverse that Rammstein
Rammstein
will start pre-production on a possible new album in September, and that production will most likely go on until 2017.[33] According to Peter Tägtgren
Peter Tägtgren
– who works with frontman Till Lindemann on their side-project Lindemann – Till will be regrouping with his Rammstein
Rammstein
bandmates later in 2015 to start pre-production on a new full-length album, which normally takes two years to be released.[34] In early August 2015, Rammstein
Rammstein
released a trailer for an upcoming project, titled "In Amerika".[35] On August 15, the band announced Rammstein
Rammstein
in Amerika, a video release that includes a 2010 concert at Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in New York City and a documentary made from archived footage recorded during the band's career.[36] Rammstein played several festivals in Europe and North America during 2016,[37] and in November announced plans to perform at a similar string of European festivals in 2017.[38] On 18 January 2017 Rammstein
Rammstein
announced a new live video release titled Paris, a recording of a March 2012 concert that took place at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris.[39] It premiered on 23 March in selected cinemas,[40] and it was released worldwide on DVD/Blu-Ray and CD on 19 May 2017.[41] In an interview in March 2017, Richard Kruspe said that Rammstein
Rammstein
had about 35 new songs that were close to complete, though the release date of the band's seventh studio album was an open question.[42] In May, Rammstein
Rammstein
started touring once again. Also in May, music producer Sky Van Hoff was announced to be Rammstein's newest producer.[43] In a July interview with Resurrection Fest, Kruspe said that the album could be the band's last.[44] Musical style and influences[edit] Rammstein
Rammstein
is often categorised as Neue Deutsche Härte, industrial metal,[45][46][47][48] nu metal,[49][50][51] alternative metal[52] and hard rock.[53][54][55][56][57][58] Rammstein's style has gotten positive feedback from critics. New Zealand's Southland Times (17 December 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 (9 January 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".[59] "We just push boundaries", said Till Lindemann
Till Lindemann
in an interview with rock magazine Kerrang!, "We cannot help it if people don't like those boundaries being pushed". Lyrics[edit]

Rammstein
Rammstein
performing Mein Teil
Mein Teil
in 2013, one of the tracks from Reise, Reise. The track is based on the events of The Meiwes Case.

Nearly all of Rammstein's songs are in German. However, the band has recorded English songs as well as a cover of the song "Stripped" (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, and Till Lindemann has an unofficial song called "Schtiel" (cover of song "Штиль"("Shtil") by Russian popular heavy metal band "Aria") entirely in Russian. "Te quiero puta!" is entirely in Spanish, and the song "Frühling in Paris" has a chorus in French. Oliver Riedel commented that " German language
German language
suits heavy metal music. French might be the language of love, but German is the language of anger".[60] In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, when asked whether Rammstein
Rammstein
would ever create a song entirely in the English language, Till Lindemann stated that ' Rammstein
Rammstein
will never write a song in English, it's like asking Buddha to kill a pig'.[61] The band's lyrics, as sung by Till Lindemann, are an essential element of their music, and shape the perception by fans and a wider public. Among other things that are seen as controversial, Rammstein
Rammstein
also refers to classical German literature, e.g. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous poems Der Erlkönig
Der Erlkönig
(1778) and Das Heidenröslein (1771) for the songs "Dalai Lama" and "Rosenrot", respectively.[62] Several of their songs are related to controversial and taboo subjects such as sadomasochism, homosexuality, intersexuality, incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, cannibalism, pyromania, religion and sexual violence. Also several of their songs are allegedly 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 so that they can be interpreted in several ways. The song "Du hast", for example, is a play on the German marriage vow 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 no distinction between the pronunciation of Du hasst ("you hate") and Du hast ("you have"). The pun is later resolved as the sentence is completed: Du hast mich gefragt/Und ich hab' nichts gesagt ("You [have] asked me/And I [have] said nothing"). 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
Rammstein
used this wording to intentionally mislead the listener and create humour in the song, causing many non-German speakers to be confused. Live performances[edit]

Rammstein
Rammstein
are known for their frequent use of pyrotechnics during live performances.

Rammstein
Rammstein
have achieved particular fame for their over-the-top stage show, making such extensive use of pyrotechnics that fans eventually coined the motto "Other bands play, Rammstein
Rammstein
burns!" (a quip at Manowar's song "Kings of Metal", which states, "other bands play, Manowar kills"). Following an accident at the Arena in Berlin
Berlin
in which some burning decorative parts fell (27 September 1996)[63] the band started using professionals to handle the pyrotechnics. Lindemann subsequently qualified as a licensed pyrotechnician; he spends entire songs engulfed head-to-toe in flames. He has suffered multiple burns on his ears, head and arms. 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 costumes are fittingly outlandish. During the Reise, Reise tour, they wore Lederhosen, corsets and military-inspired uniforms with stahlhelms, 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. In the Völkerball
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 quite as bizarre as Till's. The band's flair for costumes is evident in their music videos as well as their live shows. In the "Keine Lust" video, all members except Lorenz are dressed in fat suits. In the "Amerika" video, all members of the band wear astronaut costumes.

Vocalist Till Lindemann
Till Lindemann
during "Rammstein", known for wearing dual arm mounted flame throwers.

Since the Mutter Tour, starting in 2001, Rammstein
Rammstein
have worked with stage designer Roy Bennett, who helped the band in developing the look of the stages. With the "Ahoi 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 band members to access both stage levels. On the Liebe ist für alle da
Liebe ist für alle da
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 included not only the extensive use of pyrotechnics, but also a massive lighting show, such as 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. During the arena shows of the "Made in Germany 1995-2011 Tour", the stage was slightly altered with new set pieces such as a large industrial fan as well as new backdrops. The most noticeable addition was a long catwalk, connecting the main stage to a smaller b-stage, placed in the middle of the audience. During the 2013 festival leg of the tour, the bridge and b-stage was omitted, with the only major addition being a big expandable cross with build-in lighting and pyrotechnic effects, resembling the band logo. 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 per cent 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, theatre and our East German culture, you know? — Richard Z. Kruspe,[64]

Their onstage antics have also got them in trouble. During their stint on the American Family Values Tour 1998, alongside acts such as rapper Ice Cube, Korn, Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit
and Orgy, the band was arrested for indecency. In one of the more infamous moments vocalist Till Lindemann engaged in simulated sodomy with keyboardist Lorenz during their performance of "Bück dich" in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were subsequently arrested and fined $25 and spent one night in jail.[65][66] Band longevity[edit] Since their formation in 1994, Rammstein
Rammstein
has had no changes in their line-up. Richard Kruspe had said in a Revolver Magazine interview that it is because of the band respecting each other's wishes to take a break; either for personal reasons or to focus on a side project.

Rammstein
Rammstein
follow their own rhythm. We never give a shit about the people who think we need to get a record out every two years and that's one of the reasons why we're still together with the same lineup. We take care of each other, and if somebody needs to take the time off or do something else, we listen. — Richard Z. Kruspe,[67]

Members of the band currently have side projects that they take part in during Rammstein's inactivity. Kruspe currently fronts the group Emigrate while Till Lindemann
Till Lindemann
began his project Lindemann, in 2015. Controversies[edit] Imagery[edit] The New York Times
New York Times
described Rammstein's music as a "powerful strain of brutally intense rock... bringing gale-force music and spectacular theatrics together".[68] The members have not been shy about courting controversy and have periodically attracted condemnation from morality 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
Leni Riefenstahl
in the video for the Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
cover "Stripped". MTV
MTV
Germany
Germany
studied the lyrics, talked to the band and came away satisfied that Rammstein
Rammstein
are apolitical; Peter Ruppert, then head of Music Programming at MTV Germany, stated that the band "aren't in any way connected with any right-wing activities". Such criticism may be unavoidable for a German band that deals in harsh, militaristic-style imagery.[69] Their cover of their debut album Herzeleid, released in Germany
Germany
in 1995, showed the band members bare-chested in a style that resembled Strength Through Joy
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".[70] Rammstein
Rammstein
have vehemently denied this and said they want nothing to do with politics or supremacy of any kind. Lorenz, annoyed by the claim, has remarked it is just a photo, and should be understood as such. Herzeleid
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
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. Kruspe said: "'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".[71] The song's title refers to the refrain of the German Communist Party song Einheitsfrontlied, written by Bertholt Brecht: "Drum links, zwei, drei! Drum links, zwei, drei! / Wo dein Platz, Genosse ist! / Reih dich ein, in die Arbeitereinheitsfront / Weil du auch ein Arbeiter bist".[72] (Then left, two, three! Then left, two, three! / Here's the place, Comrade, for you! / So fall in with the Workers’ United Front / For you are a worker too.) Another key lyric expressing the band's allegiance to the left paraphrases the titles of newspaper columns published side by side for several years in the German newspaper Bild: "Mein Herz schlägt links" ("My heart beats on the left") by The Left Party co-chair and former Social Democratic Party of Germany
Germany
chair Oskar Lafontaine, and "Mein Herz schlägt auf dem rechten Fleck" ("My heart beats in the right place") by Peter Gauweiler
Peter Gauweiler
of the conservative Christian Social Union.[73] Lorenz stated that the song was created to show the band could write a harsh, evil, military-sounding song without being Nazis.[74] Relation to violent events[edit] Rammstein
Rammstein
were cited in relation to the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, when a photo of Eric Harris wearing a Rammstein
Rammstein
T-shirt were revealed in his 11th grade picture and wrote the Rammstein
Rammstein
logo on a yearbook he signed.[75] There was no evidence to correlate the band and the massacre. In response to the shooting, the band issued a statement:

The members of Rammstein
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 behaviour. Additionally, members of Rammstein
Rammstein
have children of their own, in whom they continually strive to instill healthy and non-violent values.[76][77]

Coincidentally, on 10 September 2001, the single and video clip of Ich will ("I Want") was released which portrays the band as bank robbers who want to get a message across and receiving a Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) award, a German version of the Emmy award, for their "actions". In the United States, the video clip was broadcast only late at night after the attacks of 11 September 2001, in New York City although many media officials and politicians requested the video to be pulled from broadcast completely. Following the conclusion of the Beslan school hostage crisis
Beslan school hostage crisis
in Russia in September 2004, the Russian authorities claimed that the terrorists had "listened to German hard rock group Rammstein
Rammstein
on personal stereos during the siege to keep themselves edgy and fired up".[78] The claim has not been independently confirmed. Band members said this about the issue:

There's been a lot of talk about that, but if there are radical feelings in people anything can wake them – a painting, a picture, whatever. It's just a coincidence that it happened to be our music. It's important to think about what caused them to make their decisions, how they became animals, not their taste in music. Whenever something like this happens it's like "Okay, let's blame the artist". Such bullshit. — Till Lindemann

Our music is made to release aggression, and people listening to it are also needed to do that, but it's not our fault. Should we stop making hard music because bad people might like it? — Christoph Schneider

Pekka-Eric Auvinen, the perpetrator of the Jokela school shooting in November 2007, also included Rammstein
Rammstein
in one of his favorite bands. However, he noted that the music among other things was not to blame for his decisions.[79] Furthermore, Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator of the Isla Vista killings in May 2014, was also a fan of Rammstein
Rammstein
according to his YouTube records. On a lyric video of Mein Herz brennt, Rodger wrote: "[G]reat song to listen to while daydreaming about being a powerful ruler". Even though Rodger wrote in his manifesto that he wished to become a dictator and punish all the people who rejected him, there was no direct link found between the band's music and the killing spree.[80] Santa Barbara police later confirmed that Rodger's main motivations were sexual and social rejection.[81] The Trollhättan school attack
Trollhättan school attack
perpetrator, Anton Lundin Pettersson, used a manipulated version of the band's logo that added Nazi Germany's eagle on his Facebook
Facebook
page. Videos[edit] In October 2004, the video for "Mein Teil" ("My part") caused considerable controversy in Germany
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)[82] brought a lawsuit in January 2006 against the band for infringement of rights to the story. The band's own views of its image are sanguine; Landers has said: "We like being on the fringes of bad taste".[83] 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".[84] 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
Rammstein
video to include nudity.[85] In 2002, the movie xXx, starring Vin Diesel, had a scene in which the band was playing "Feuer frei!". Placement on the Index[edit] On 5 November 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 People), making it illegal in Germany
Germany
to make the album accessible to minors or display it where it can be seen by people underage, effectively banning it from stores.[86][87] According to the official statement of the BPjM, the depiction of lead guitarist Richard Kruspe holding a 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
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
Christian Lorenz
expressed surprise at the advisory board's "parochial sense of art" and regretted their apparent inability to detect irony.[88][89] On 16 November 2009, a stripped down version of Liebe ist für alle da
Liebe ist für alle da
was released. As of 31 May 2010, the administrative court in Cologne had 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 1 June (Decision No. A 117/10). On 9 June, 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
Germany
was planned in a short period of time. In October 2011, the album was judged not harmful to minors and deleted from the Index.[90] In 2016, Rammstein
Rammstein
decided to file a lawsuit against Germany
Germany
claiming € 66,000 in compensation for damages that had allegedly resulted from the indexing.[91] Legal action[edit] In 2010, Rammstein
Rammstein
settled out of court against Apocalyptica's former record label Sony Music
Sony Music
Entertainment GmbH as the successor of the by now defunct affiliated label Gun Records for using Rammstein's label in marketing Apocalyptica's 2007 album Worlds Collide, which featured a track with singer Lindemann.[92][93] Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica
were seen on stage with Rammstein
Rammstein
during the song "Mein Herz brennt" in February 2012 at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland.[citation needed] Awards[edit]

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1Live Krone

2005: Best Liveact

Bravo Otto

1997: Silver for Band Rock 2005: Bronze for Band Rock

Comet

1998: Best Live Band 2005: Best Video for Keine Lust

Echo

1998: Best Video for Engel 1999: most successful artist international 2002: Artist/Group of the year national 2005: Artist/Group of the year national/international 2005: Best Live Act national 2006: Artist/Group of the year national 2010: Best Rock / Alternative / Heavy Metal national[94] 2011: Best Video national for Ich tu dir weh[95] 2012: Best Group Rock/Alternative national 2012: Most successful national Act abroad

Edison Award

2006: Best Alternative Album for Rosenrot

Emma

2005: Best foreign Artist

Grammy Award

1999: Best Metal Performance – "Du hast" (nominated) 2006: Best Metal Performance – "Mein Teil" (nominated)

Hard Rock Award

2002: Best Rock Act 2004: Best album for Reise, Reise 2004: Best song and best Video for Mein Teil

Kerrang! Awards

2002: Best International Live Act 2010: Kerrang! Inspiration Award

Metal Hammer Awards

2012: Best German Band

MTV
MTV
Europe Music Award

2005: Best German Act

Loudwire Music Award

2011: Video of the Year for Mein Land

Revolver Golden Gods Award

2011: Best Live-band

Rock Mag / Le Mouv

2006:

International Artist or Group Album international for Rosenrot Song international for Mann gegen Mann Clip international for Benzin Concert for Rammstein
Rammstein
(Arènes de Nîmes) Singer international for Till Lindemann

Rock Pics

2006:

International Artist or Group Concert of the year for their concert in Nîmes International Singer for Till Lindemann Bassist of the year for Oliver Riedel Keyboardist of the year for Flake Lorenz Drummer of the year Christoph Schneider

UK Music Video Awards

2012: Best Styling for Mein Land
Mein Land
(nominated) 2017: Best Live Concert for "Rammstein: Paris"

World Music Award

2005: Best Selling Artists Around the World – Germany 2010: Best Selling Artists Around the World – Germany

Members[edit] Rammstein
Rammstein
has kept the same lineup ever since the foundation, 24 years ago, an almost unique case in metal bands. The members say that if one member would leave, that would be the end of Rammstein. Flake often says that he is not a formal member, but "co-works" with the band.

Richard Z. Kruspe
Richard Z. Kruspe
– lead guitar, backing vocals (1994–present) Oliver Riedel
Oliver Riedel
– bass (1994–present) Christoph "Doom" Schneider – drums, percussion (1994–present) Till Lindemann
Till Lindemann
– lead vocals, harmonica (1994–present) Paul Landers
Paul Landers
– rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1994–present) Christian "Flake" Lorenz – keyboards, samples, synthesizers, trumpet (1994–present)

Discography[edit] Main article: Rammstein
Rammstein
discography

Herzeleid
Herzeleid
(1995) Sehnsucht (1997) Mutter (2001) Reise, Reise
Reise, Reise
(2004) Rosenrot
Rosenrot
(2005) Liebe ist für alle da
Liebe ist für alle da
(2009) TBA (2018)

Tours[edit]

Herzeleid
Herzeleid
Tour (1994–1997) Sehnsucht Tour
Sehnsucht Tour
(1997–2001) Family Values Tour 1998 (22 September 1998 – 31 October 1998) Mutter Tour (2001–2002) Pledge of Allegiance Tour
Pledge of Allegiance Tour
(2001) (In between the August–November dates of the Mutter Tour.) Ahoi Tour ( Reise, Reise
Reise, Reise
Tour) (2004–2005) Liebe Ist Für Alle Da Tour (2009–2011) Made in Germany
Germany
1995-2011 Tour (2011–2013) Rammstein Tour 2016 (2016) Rammstein Festival Tour 2017 (2017)

See also[edit]

Berlin
Berlin
portal Germany
Germany
portal

Laibach

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Further reading[edit]

Barry Graves, Siegfried Schmidt-Joos, Bernward Halbscheffel: Das neue Rock-Lexikon. Bd 1. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1998. ISBN 3-499-16352-7 Barry Graves, Siegfried Schmidt-Joos, Bernward Halbscheffel: Das neue Rock-Lexikon. Bd 2. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1998. ISBN 3-499-16353-5 Rammstein: Rammstein
Rammstein
– Liederbuch. Hal Leonard Corporation, London 1999. ISBN 0-7119-7220-6 Wolf-Rüdiger Mühlmann: Letzte Ausfahrt – Germania. Ein Phänomen namens neue deutsche Härte. I.P. Verlag, Berlin
Berlin
1999, ISBN 3-931624-12-9 Gert Hof: Rammstein. Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin
Berlin
2001, ISBN 3-931126-32-3 Matthias Matthies: Rammstein
Rammstein
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Rammstein

Richard Z. Kruspe Oliver Riedel Christoph Schneider Till Lindemann Paul Landers Flake Lorenz

Albums

Herzeleid Sehnsucht Mutter Reise, Reise Rosenrot Liebe ist für alle da

Singles

"Du riechst so gut" "Seemann" "Engel" "Du hast" "Das Modell" " Du riechst so gut
Du riechst so gut
'98" "Stripped" "Asche zu Asche" "Sonne" "Links 2-3-4" "Ich will" "Mutter" "Feuer frei!" "Mein Teil" "Amerika" "Ohne dich" "Keine Lust" "Benzin" "Rosenrot" "Mann gegen Mann" "Pussy" "Ich tu dir weh" "Haifisch" "Mein Land" "Mein Herz brennt"

Compilations

Original Single Kollektion Made in Germany
Germany
1995–2011 XXI

Videos

Live aus Berlin Lichtspielhaus Völkerball Videos 1995-2012 Rammstein
Rammstein
in Amerika Rammstein: Paris

Tours

Herzeleid
Herzeleid
Tour Sehnsucht Tour Mutter Tour Ahoi Tour Liebe ist für alle da
Liebe ist für alle da
Tour Made in Germany
Germany
1995–2011 2016 tour

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(1998) Xavier Naidoo
Xavier Naidoo
(1999), (2002) Guano Apes
Guano Apes
(2000) Samy Deluxe
Samy Deluxe
(2001) Die Ärzte
Die Ärzte
(2003) Beatsteaks
Beatsteaks
(2004) Rammstein
Rammstein
(2005) Bushido (2006), (2007) Fettes Brot
Fettes Brot
(2008) Silbermond
Silbermond
(2009) Sido (2010) Lena (2011), (2013), (2015) Tim Bendzko
Tim Bendzko
(2012) Revolverheld
Revolverheld
(2014) Max Giesinger
Max Giesinger
(2016)

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