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Rammstein at the Wacken Open Air (2013)
Rammstein at the Wacken Open Air (2013)
General information
origin Berlin , Germany
Genre (s) New German Hardness
founding 1994
Website www.rammstein.de
Current occupation
till Lindemann
Richard Kruspe
Paul Landers
Oliver Riedel
Christoph "Doom" Schneider
Keyboard , synthesizer, piano
Christian "Flake" Lorenz

Rammstein is a German metal band that was founded in Berlin in 1994 and is musically counted as part of the New German Hardship . Their distinguishing feature is a style of music described as " brute ", which the band members themselves called "dance metal" at the beginning of their careers. Rammstein is internationally famous for the intensive use of pyrotechnic elements during their live shows.

In connection with strongly polarizing music videos , song lyrics and album covers, Rammstein is one of the most controversial bands in the domestic public perception.

By the beginning of 2018, Rammstein had sold 20 million records internationally. The band's tours are the world's most successful stage events by a German singing music group. In the international perception, Rammstein is therefore one of Germany's most important musical and contemporary “cultural exports”.

Band history

Rammstein's concert with Apocalyptica in Milan , February 24, 2005.

Prehistory and beginning 1989–1995

Rammstein's prehistory goes back to the time before German reunification . The Schwerin Richard Kruspe , guitarist of the band The elegant chaos , fled during the time of the reversal in 1989 after police reprisals via Hungary and Austria from the GDR to the Federal Republic of Germany . He had previously happened to be involved in a demonstration in East Berlin . He was arrested and, according to his own statements, held for a long time, interrogated and beaten. Kruspe found little musical or social connection in West Berlin and returned to Schwerin after the fall of the Berlin Wall . There he played briefly in the band Das Auge Gottes . Thanks to his acquaintance with Till Lindemann , who played drums in the fun punk band First Ass - the short version for Schwerin's First Autonomous Rioters - he got on there and, after his first few years in the band, was considered the third member alongside Lindemann and Steve E. Mielke. Since he liked to work on projects, he founded the band Orgasm Death Gimmick with like-minded people . He also joined the band Die Firma at the end of 1991 as the successor to his future Rammstein bandmate Paul Landers .

In 1993 - already living in Berlin again - he started another band project with his roommates Oliver Riedel , bassist of the band The Inchtabokatables , and Christoph Schneider , drummer for Die Firma . This was initially named Temple Sprayers . The three of them began to rehearse as well as to compose their first songs in the style of US metal bands like Pantera and brought Till Lindemann in as singer and lyricist. In doing so, they initially worked with English-language texts. In order to be able to rehearse better, Lindemann moved at least temporarily to Berlin .

They successfully applied for the first demo recording at the Metrobeat Musikpoll, a specialist and at that time still public event at which the 14 most original and most popular Berlin bands were determined every year and who were allowed to present themselves at a festival. They received funding from the Berlin Senate in the form of a professional recording session in a recording studio. There they recorded four songs - now already in German - on February 19, 1994 ( Das alten Leid , Seemann , Weißes Fleisch and Rammstein ). These versions differed from the songs of the same name that can be heard on Herzeleid , the band's later debut album. According to Lindemann , the suggestion to sing in German came from the last two band members Christian "Flake" Lorenz and Paul Landers , who were not yet part of the band when they applied to Metrobeat.

Schneider was also the drummer with Feeling B until 1993 , where he played with the guitarist Landers and the keyboardist Lorenz . Landers expressed interest in participating in the new band project. He started as a rhythm guitarist - against Schneider's initial resistance, who had found him exhausting during his time at Feeling B. Kruspe and Lindemann, however, spoke out in favor of Landers. He was already involved in the studio recordings.

The band was looking for a sixth member, a keyboard player - the preferred candidate for some was the old Feeling B colleague Lorenz . But he initially showed aversion to the new band, as he openly admitted years later in the course of an interview with the music broadcaster MTV:

“I came in last, I didn't really want to have anything to do with the boys. Paul took me with him once (...). Then I went down to the basement, and there were five guys who played a riff for an hour - like stupid guys, in a hell of a volume that everything hurt me. "

- Christian Flake Lorenz

However, he later agreed to cooperate. The fact that Flakes in particular initially spoke a very critical stance for him as the sixth member is underpinned by the remarks Paul Landers made about his old bandmate in an interview with the music broadcaster Viva:

“We had to laboriously persuade him, he didn't want to play with Rammstein because it was too stupid, too dull, too boring, too strict for him. But we knew that we needed a) a keyboard player and b) someone who could hold back a bit. If Rammstein is goulash, you have to put a spoonful of sugar in it so that the goulash tastes good. "

- Paul Landers

At first, Rammstein played at concerts with a small audience and in clubs. The first appearance took place on April 14, 1994 in the Leipzig cultural institution naTo , known for its alternative program, in front of 15 visitors. The group appeared as the opening act for the combo Golden Acker Rhythm Kings , in which the three-year-old brother of keyboardist Flake Lorenz sang. Another early concert took place on May 28, 1994 at an open-air venue of the student bc-Club in Ilmenau , Thuringia , a club where Landers, Lorenz and Schneider had already played with their old band Feeling B and in the one at the time of the fall GDR bands like Freygang , Sandow and Die Skeptiker were regular guests.

On April 1, 1994, the musicians began working with manager Emanuel Fialik and his company, Pilgrim Management. Fialik introduced the band to the Motor Music record company in late 1994 . Motor signed the band on January 4, 1995.

The band has maintained the collaboration with Fialik for almost 17 years. In the booklet of the 2009 album Liebe ist für alle da , Pilgrim was still named as management, in the 2011 best-of album Made in Germany instead the Rammstein GbR of the six band members. Nothing official is known about the reasons for the separation. According to an article in the Berliner Morgenpost from October 2013, Fialik gave up his former job as a music manager. Among other things, he is currently active as a youth soccer coach in a Berlin sports club.

From the very beginning, the musicians within the band attached importance to democratic decision-making processes in which the voice of each member weighs equally. This has led and still leads to the fact that new projects need a comparatively long lead time, since according to the band there are seldom unanimous positions.

First and second album 1995-2001

On September 25, 1995 Rammstein made his debut with the album Herzeleid , which entered the German album charts at number 99. Rammstein then toured as the opening act for the Cottbus band Sandow and performed 17 concerts in Germany with Project Pitchfork in October and November . At the end of November 1995 Rammstein appeared as the opening act for the Swedish crossover band Clawfinger at two concerts in Warsaw and Prague, followed by three more gigs with Clawfinger in Austria and Switzerland at the beginning of January 1996. In between, in December 1995, the band completed their first 17-concert tour of Germany as headliner .

From the end of January 1996 they were the opening act for the Ramones at eight concerts , which were celebrating their farewell tour at the time. In the course of the year Rammstein completed a total of 52 concerts on two further tours through Germany and Austria, including at the Cologne Bizarre Festival and the Zillo Festival in Hildesheim. In the course of the 100 years Rammstein concert , which the band gave on September 27, 1996 in front of 6,000 spectators in the Arena Berlin event center in Alt-Treptow , an accident occurred about 45 minutes after the start of the concert: A burning board with the band's name on it fell out three meters high on a stage catwalk and then fell into the audience. Four concert-goers were slightly injured, and another had to be taken to a clinic. The band did not break off the concert and was occasionally criticized for this. According to their own statements, the musicians visited the injured in three clinics after the performance.

The second album Sehnsucht entered the top ten of the German, Austrian and Swiss album charts in 1997. As a result, Herzeleid also achieved higher chart positions than in the year of publication. All of the band's studio albums released since then reached the top of the charts in Austria and Germany.

The corresponding tour in 1997 led through the German-speaking area and all of Europe. The band received unexpected attention in June 1997 when they co-headlined alongside INXS at the newly launched Hurricane Festival at Eichenring in Scheeßel : In a backstage tent of the festival - which was sponsored that year by MTV Germany , among others - the Band asked a former MTV manager for a discussion. The background to the conversation and all the consequences - so the mostly officially handed down version - was the refusal of the manager to broadcast the band's music and videos on MTV. In the course of this “debate” the band tied him to a chair, attached a typical Rammstein show smoke bomb to his leg and set it on fire.

The MTV manager filed a charge of assault - as guitarist Paul Landers confirmed in an interview the following year. However, Landers contradicted the previously described representation of the band's motifs :

"It's nonsense that the incident was a protest by Rammstein because we weren't played. (...) I'll tell you how it really was. Everyone who knows the guy has congratulated us on the action. The doctors thanked us. This is a guy who is responsible for MTV Germany, a (...) creep who crawled up to a place where he just doesn't belong (...). Now he's sitting there harassing all the bands around him. (...) These are guys who never have to pay for what they do. And we just wanted to prove him wrong. (...) "

- Paul Landers

The incident was quickly forgotten, especially since Rammstein first appeared in the USA in 1997 - just a few months after the incident. There they gave two club concerts in September as part of the CMJ College Radio Conference festival in New York City . According to their own information, they played there in front of seven or 70 spectators. In December of that year they were in the USA eight times as opening act for the band KMFDM on stage.

In the same year, Rammstein received international attention through the use of two songs ( Rammstein and Heirate mich ) in the film Lost Highway by David Lynch, which was released in autumn 1996 (USA) and spring 1997 (Europe) . In October 1997 the soundtrack of the film Mortal Kombat 2 - Annihilation was released , on which Rammstein is represented with the song Engel .

The first US headlining tour, on which they were supported by the US band Hanzel and Gretyl , took the musicians to San Francisco , Los Angeles , Denver , Chicago and New York in 1998 . The band had to play the gig in Chicago in front of 1,100 spectators without pyro show elements because the local Fire Department forbade them to use fire. To this day, according to their US agent Michael Arfin, the band is not allowed to start a fire in the Chicago metropolitan area, as a large fire raged there in the 19th century . On September 12 of the same year, the group performed again in Chicago; this time as headlining the WRCX Rockstock Festival . 28 concerts with Orgy , Ice Cube , Korn and Limp Bizkit took her again to the United States as part of the Family Values ​​Tour from September 22 to October 31, 1998. The musicians performed their performance on Halloween day, when the other bands disguised themselves, in the absence of costumes in diapers or partly naked. The musicians were then taken off the stage by the local police and the concert stopped after a few songs. This year they also had appearances at European open airs, including Rock am Ring . At two concerts on the Parkbühne in Berlin's Wuhlheide on August 22nd and 23rd, 1998, the album and the concert DVD live from Berlin , which were released in 1999, were recorded. The band also presented the song Du hast at the MTV Europe Music Awards 1998 in Milan.

The group caused a media outcry in the same year when they covered the song Stripped for the Depeche Mode tribute sampler For the Masses , which also featured The Cure , The Smashing Pumpkins and Deftones . For the accompanying video, director Philipp Stölzl used images from the film Olympia by the controversial Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl . The British musician and DJ Goldie then cursed the musicians. He told a British magazine that the band should "piss off" and be shot together with their record boss - Tim Renner at the time . From then on, Stölzl and the band affirmed in numerous interviews that behind this visualization there were no neo-Nazi ideas, but rather an artistic statement.

In April 1999, Rammstein supported the band KISS at four concerts in South and Central America and gave an additional club concert in Mexico. A tour through North America with Soulfly , Skunk Anansie and Mindless Self Indulgence followed. During this tour, Till Lindemann and Christian Flake Lorenz were arrested during a concert on June 5, 1999 at the Palladium in Worcester (Massachusetts) for causing public nuisance and imprisoned for about five hours. The stumbling block was the stage performance for the song Bück dich , in which Lindemann used a dildo to suggest anal intercourse with his bandmate and splashed around with milk.In the end, a court imposed a six-month probation and a fine on both of them.

In the summer of 1999, the band had an appearance in the USA in the until now officially unreleased sex comedy The Debtors with the actors Michael Caine , Randy Quaid and Udo Kier . They played in the film - directed by Randy and Evi Quaid - the song Bück dich including the dildo scene that Lindemann and Lorenz had brought to prison in Worcester. According to Evi Quaid, one of the film's financiers, millionaire Charles Simonyi , took offense at this performance, among other things. There were legal disputes that ultimately prevented the cinema from being released.

Third through sixth albums 2000–2010

In 2001 - four years after her last studio album - Mutter was released.

In January and February of that year, the group played six concerts in Australia and New Zealand as part of the Big Day Out Festival . They also joined in Sydney and Melbourne in two clubs and played in Auckland in the Power Station , a popular venue in New Zealand. According to Lorenz, the band shot the video for the single from Sonne on the last few days before the flight to Australia and New Zealand .

In May and June 2001 the band gave 14 concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as part of the mother tour. Another seven concerts in Europe followed in June, including on June 12th as the opening act for AC / DC in Prague. The band cancels a concert planned for June 10th at the Astoria in London at short notice - the organizer had banned them from the pyroshow they had initially promised.

Between June 30th and August 7th the musicians played 30 concerts in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

The musicians paid tribute to Joey Ramone , who died on April 15, 2001 and whose band they had supported as the opening act a few years earlier, at some of the performances . Rammstein did this on July 18, 2001 in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom - Christian Flake Lorenz took over the microphone instead of Till Lindemann . Together with the Ramones members Marky and CJ Ramone, the Misfits singer Jerry Only and the rest of the Rammstein musicians, Lorenz intoned the song Pet Sematary . Lorenz later described his picture of the Ramones , as he could make it during the support time:

“The four black jackets and nothing else were hanging backstage. No costumes, not all this shit we had with all the light. They hung their dirty cloth behind the stage with their western sign - 'hey ho let's go' and then it went. And then I thought: That's how I actually want to make music! "

- Christian "Flake" Lorenz

On the seven-week “Pledge of Allegiance Tour”, which began on September 22nd of the same year - the beginning was initially planned for September 14th - Rammstein performed with Slipknot and System of a Down, among others . Guitarist Landers was canceled for two concerts because he had returned to Germany due to an illness in the family.

One evening Rammstein played for five, the following evening Daron replaced Malakian from System of a Down Landers. John Dolmayan, drummer of the band System of a Down, remembers the evening well, as he - 14 years later - put on record for the DVD production Rammstein in America :

“Personally, I would be afraid of catching fire every evening. My guitarist (Malakian) played a show with Rammstein - and he didn't move! It was exactly where they put it. I can't blame him. "

- John Dolmayan, System of a Down

Rammstein broke off the tour afterwards - officially because of the failure of Landers. But what had happened - as the band later admitted in the documentary Rammstein in America - had been preceded by several developments: The band was exhausted because they had been on tour virtually non-stop for years. This, too, had led to disagreements between Landers and Kruspe. The atmosphere in the USA, caused by the incidents of 9/11 , finally made the musicians pensive and led the keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz to fly back to Germany without notice in the middle of the tour:

"We slipped fully into this wave of hysteria and I found that very frightening, how the mood was whipped up."

- Christian Flake Lorenz

After their return to Europe, the band gave another 21 concerts in Europe in November and December 2001. In addition, her song Du hast was heard in 2001 in a scene in the comedy film How High by Jesse Dylan .

In several interviews, drummer Christoph Schneider later stated that in 2001 after the release of the album Mutter, due to massive “personal differences”, the group was on the verge of breaking up.

In 2002 Rammstein had an appearance in the film xXx - Triple X (released in 2002) with the song Feuer frei! , which is also the title song of the film. In addition, the group went on another European tour in the summer - they played 17 concerts, including at festivals such as the Dutch Pinkpop and the Danish Roskilde Festival . Two concerts in Leipzig and Dortmund were canceled by the organizers because of the rampage in Erfurt .

In 2003 the band took a break from touring. From November to December, the musicians withdrew to southern Spain, where they recorded their fourth album in the El Cortijo Studio. In the end, the CD was entitled Reise, Reise .

The album was released in September 2004. In the same year and the following year, Rammstein went on a world tour with Reise, Reise . During this tour the DVD Völkerball was recorded, but it was not released until the end of 2006. On the DVD, the musicians published short concert excerpts from London, Tokyo and Moscow, but essentially a recording of the performance on July 23, 2005 at the Festival de Nîmes, which took place in an ancient amphitheater in the southern French city of the same name . In the Rammstein documentation Anakonda on the Net , which was attached to the concert DVD, several band members emphasized the special acoustics and atmosphere of the arena in an interview and described the performance as an extraordinary highlight.

In 2004, the Dresden Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Torsten Rasch received the classic echo for the song cycle Mein Herz brennt , published on October 20, 2003 , in which they used texts by Rammstein. The vocal parts were taken on by the Dresden opera singer and two-time Grammy Award winner René Pape , the speaking role by the actress and director Katharina Thalbach . The project was produced by Sven Helbig , who has since worked as a producer on the following Rammstein albums.

In the following year, Rammstein performed with the song Keine Lust at the Echo Awards 2005 , where the group won the award in the categories of “Best Live Act” and “Alternative Artists National / International”. The band attracted a lot of attention with their performance because they - analogous to the video of Keine Lust - wore so-called fat suits . In December 2005 the group was nominated in the category Best Metal Performance for the song Mein Teil from the 2004 album Reise, Reise at the Grammy Awards , but ended up with nothing.

On October 28, 2005 the album Rosenrot came out, but no concerts were given. Some of the songs on the album had already been written while working on the previous album Reise, Reise .

In 2006 Rammstein took a break. From May 2007 the band worked on a new studio album. On November 3rd, 2008 it was announced that the band had completed the pre-production for the sixth album in Berlin, which started in February 2008. The drum tracks were recorded by Christoph Schneider on October 28th, together with the producer team around Jacob Hellner , in the Henson Studio in Los Angeles . On November 9th, the band started together with the main production of the album in Sonoma Mountain Studio near San Francisco , which was rented for six weeks . The first single, Pussy , was released on September 18, 2009 and entered the German charts at number 1. For Rammstein it was the first number 1 single in their own country. On October 16, the album Liebe ist für alle da - LIFAD for short - was released and reached platinum status in Germany after a week of sales. A leak of the title-giving piece of music appeared on the Internet on July 15, 2009 and led to two large fan sites being temporarily taken offline. From the beginning of November until just before Christmas, the musicians performed 28 concerts in Europe as part of the LIFAD tour .

In the summer of 2010, the band continued their touring activities and was a guest at more than 20 international festivals, including Rock am Ring , Rock im Park , the Sonisphere Festival in Bucharest, Sofia, Madrid and Knebworth, and the City Summer Festival in Québec, Canada (City) . According to the band, 100,000 fans came to the latter.

In November 2010 , a previously unpublished Rammstein song with the title Eisenmann appeared on the Internet , similar to Love is for everyone .

From November 25, 2010, Rammstein appeared again on the American continent - they played eight concerts in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Canada as part of the Liebe ist für alle da tour . The ninth and final concert of the American tour took place on December 11, 2010 in Madison Square Garden in New York - it was the first US concert since 2001. All tickets for this - Metal Hammer magazine said there were 12,000 seats - were sold out in less than 30 minutes.

Tours and other musical projects 2011–2018

On December 2, 2011 a best-of album and a DVD with the title Made in Germany 1995-2011 were released . Both contained a new song - Mein Land - as well as, in connection with the DVD, the official videos produced by the band for the included songs and a making-of for each video.

Exception: The video for the song Pussy , which was on the CD Liebe ist für alle there , is only contained on the DVD in a blurred version - that is, censored with the help of soft focus. The original video - the band went to a brothel in Berlin-Charlottenburg under the direction of Jonas Åkerlund and mimed sex in various forms with the help of professional male and female porn actors - was only available on porn channels. It was therefore indicated (see chapter controversies ). In addition, all old songs have been remixed for the CD and DVD. Already on November 11th the single for the aforementioned song Mein Land was released , which also contained another new song called Forget Us . For the video for Mein Land , the band won the Loudwire Music Award for the best music video of 2011. As with Pussy, the video was directed by the Swede Jonas Åkerlund . Also at the beginning of November 2011 the band started the Made in Germany tour . By the end of the year they played 26 concerts in ten countries. Numerous other appearances followed in 2012, 21 of which took place in North America. According to the band, the entire tour included 99 gigs in Europe and North America. On March 22, 2012, the band was awarded the German Echo in two categories . The musicians played at the award show - in Till Lindemann's absence - together with their laudator Marilyn Manson, the Manson song The Beautiful People .

The year 2013 was marked by renewed tour activities. The band gave 31 concerts and was present at many festivals, including the Hurricane Festival in Northern Germany, the Swiss Greenfield Festival and the Download Festival in Donington. At the Wacken Open Air , where Rammstein was also part of the line-up, Heino appeared as a surprise guest on August 1st and played the song Sonne together with Rammstein .

For Lars von Trier's drama Nymphomaniac from 2013, the band contributed their song Führe mich , which, however, was already included as a bonus track on the album Liebe ist für alle da . In some passages of the song Till Lindemann sings the word nymphomaniac .

In November 2014, guitarist Kruspe confirmed in an interview that the band was currently on a creative break. The reasons for this are Kruspe's band project Emigrate and Till Lindemann's project Lindemann . The band agreed to respond to the needs of an individual band member in order to maintain solidarity. The break is expected to last until September 2015. In the meantime, keyboardist Flake published his biography on March 16, 2015, The keyboard fucker - what I can remember at Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag .

On June 17, 2015, one day before the release of Lindemann's solo album Skills in Pills , an article was published in which Peter Tägtgren , who is part of the musical project Lindemann, is quoted as saying that Lindemann wants to return to Rammstein in September of the same year, to work on a new album. In June 2015, Lindemann also confirmed that they want to be in the pre-production of a new album from September 2015.

On September 25, 2015, a DVD and Blu-Ray entitled Rammstein in America was released worldwide , which included the concert recordings of the 2010 concert in Madison Square Garden in New York, a documentary about the band's success in America and a making-of Includes video for the album Love is for Everyone . One month after its release, the DVD achieved platinum status in Germany on October 27, 2015. On the occasion of the 21th anniversary of the band, Rammstein published a music book CD edition on December 18, 2015 under the title Piano . It contained 13 songs arranged for classical piano or singing from the six studio albums that had been released up to then. Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers and Sven Helbig were responsible for the album production, while pianist Clemens Pötzsch recorded the newly arranged instrumental pieces.

As early as October 8, 2015, the group published a picture on their website with the title “Es geht weiter” , on which some of the band members can be seen in a rehearsal room. On October 21, it was announced that Rammstein would headline several major music festivals the following year, including Download (Great Britain), Rock in Vienna (Austria), Rock Werchter (Belgium) and Hurricane , Highfield and Southside (Germany). At the Vienna Festival on June 3, 2016 there was a power failure during the gig, so the musicians played an acoustic version of the song Ohne dich . In 2016, the band performed a total of 26 concerts in Germany, Europe and Latin America between the end of May and the second week of September.

In an interview with the specialist magazine musicnstuff.de , the drummer Christoph Schneider reported in July 2016 that the band had been working on new songs for "half a year or nine months" and had already been in the studio (see also the chapter on album production ). The group wanted to break the usual cycle and play live in the middle of the songwriting process without a finished new album. Work on the album should continue after the 2016 festival tour.

On November 22nd, 2016, the musicians announced the continuation of the festival tour on their website for 2017 and published the first dates for Europe and one concert each in Canada and the USA. Three more US appointments were added on March 24, 2017. In total, the band planned 18 concerts in eleven countries between May 20 and July 13, of which they gave 17. An appearance at Rock am Ring planned for June 2nd did not take place due to an unconfirmed terror warning and was the only one of the affected gigs that could not be made up on the following day. The band justified this with the high construction and dismantling effort, catching up would have endangered the appearance at the sister festival Rock im Park , which was planned for June 4th . The 2017 tour plan also included a new edition of the 2005 performance at the Festival de Nîmes in the south of France in the city's Roman amphitheater , where the concert recording of the DVD production Völkerball was made and which the band had described as an extraordinary venue. The concert announced for July 11, 2017 was sold out within hours; an additional date on July 12th, so the band played a third time on July 13th at the end of the tour in front of about 10,000 visitors in the again sold out arena.

The group had already released the concert film Rammstein: Paris in spring 2017 . The images for the production were shot in March 2012 in the course of two Rammstein appearances and a dress rehearsal in what was then the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy . The film premiered on March 16 at the Volksbühne Berlin . The 90-minute theatrical version includes 16 songs from a two-hour program. The director was the Swede Jonas Åkerlund , who was responsible for the Rammstein videos Man against Man , Pussy , I hurt you and Mein Land . According to Åkerlund, 30 cameras were used per concert during the filming, and ten more during the dress rehearsal - there were a total of 70 different camera positions. The cut took two years. According to Åkerlund, the publication was postponed in favor of the 2015 documentary Rammstein in America . The film was shown on March 23, 24 and 29 in around 1200 cinemas in 46 countries. In Germany it was shown in 348 cinemas, 90,000 visitors saw it on the first two days, which meant second place in the cinema charts that week. Several cinema platforms had originally announced the concert film for the third week of November 2016. This appointment was canceled at short notice without giving any reason. A Director's Cut comprising 22 songs on DVD or Blu-ray was released on May 19, and on May 26 the live CD of the same name, which was released at the same time, reached number one in the German album charts. On October 26, 2017, the film Rammstein: Paris was awarded the UK Music Video Award 2017 in the Best live concert category in the Roundhouse in the London district of Camden . This honors particularly creative, innovative or technically high-quality music film and music video productions.

On September 8, 2017, the band was awarded the 2016 national prize for pop culture in the Berlin Tempodrom . It received it in the category "Most impressive live show".

On March 15, 2018, the band was awarded the GEMA German Music Author Award in the Composition Rock / Metal category in Berlin . On behalf of the band it was accepted by Thomas Jensen, co-founder of the Wacken Open Air Festival.

On November 2, 2018, the band announced the first stadium tour in the band's history for 2019. 27 concerts were planned in 16 countries, including performances in seven German cities. The official presale started on November 8th. The German dates and several concerts abroad were sold out within four hours, so that three additional dates were announced in Paris, Vienna and Munich on the same day. The latter was also sold out on the same day.

On the eve of their 25th anniversary - Rammstein's official founding date is January 1, 1994 - the musicians gave a New Year's Eve concert on the beach in the Pacific seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta . The set was a slightly modified version of their 2016/2017 festival tour. A second appearance followed on January 2, 2019. A total of around 10,000 spectators followed the gigs.

Seventh album and touring from 2019

After more than three years of work on a seventh studio album, the group released a video for Germany's first single on March 28, 2019 . A first trailer, published two days earlier, was controversial because the video showed band members Lindemann , Lorenz , Landers and Riedel with gallows around their necks and in prisoner clothing that was reminiscent of concentration camp prisoner clothing from the Nazi era. The video in its entirety shows scenes from around 2000 years of German history that the band re-presents.

The single immediately topped the German music charts and was the band's second number 1 title in their own country after the 2009 song Pussy . The more than nine-minute video that the band published on the Internet portal YouTube scored within one More than 25 million clicks week after publication.

The second single, Radio, and the accompanying video were released on April 26, 2019. Director Joern Heitmann was responsible for filming the video , with whom the band had already worked on numerous video shoots in the past, including Sun and Shark . One location was the Berlin exhibition center .

The untitled seventh studio album was released on May 17, 2019 and rose to number 1 in the German album charts with 260,000 copies sold in Germany in the first week after its release. According to the market research company GfK Entertainment, this meant the most successful start for a band in this millennium. Olsen Involtini from Berlin and Tom Dalgety from Britain were responsible for the production; The latter had previously worked as a producer for the Swedish metal band Ghost . The Düsseldorf producer Sky van Hoff had also re-recorded the guitar soundtracks of the musician Richard Kruspe after the guitarist had not accepted his first recordings from the studio La Fabrique in southern France. Involtini is also responsible for the final mixing of the album - the first mixings by US-American Rich Costey from December 2018 were discarded.

The album artwork shows a match on a white background. All eleven tracks on the album were able to place in the top 60 of the German single charts, three tracks in the top five. In the fourth week after sales began, the album climbed to number one again after losing that position the previous week. This makes it the tenth album in a row (including compilations) that has reached the top of the charts.

On May 28, 2019, the music video for the single Ausländer was released and thus the third video of the latest album. As before with the video for the song Radio Jörn Heitmann, the director took over . The shooting took place in February 2019 in South Africa.

The first stadium tour in the band's history that accompanied the album began on May 27, 2019 in the sold-out Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen and ended on August 23, 2019 in Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium . By the end of August, the musicians had completed 31 concerts in 16 European countries. A continuation of the European tour in 2020 was announced on June 26, 2019. Within a few hours of the official ticket sales start on July 3, 2019, the 2020 European tour was largely sold out.

On January 21, 2020, the group announced ten stadium concerts in cities across the United States, Canada and México for the fall of that year. As part of the 2020 stadium tour, a total of 38 appearances in Europe and North America were planned between May 25 and August 27. These were postponed to 2021 due to the Corona crisis .

According to the "Europe Stadium Tour 2019" photo book published at the end of August 2020, the stage for the tour, which was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, was 60 meters wide and 30 meters deep. The height of the superstructures reached 36 meters. On average, the crew needed four days to set up the stage set per concert venue. 90 trucks transported around 1.35 tons of equipment from concert venue to concert venue. According to the band, more than 1.2 million visitors saw the 2019 concerts.


Rammstein is considered an important representative of the New German Hardship . The music spans related styles such as hard rock and alternative metal , but also techno elements (for example on the album Sehnsucht ). An exact classification is made difficult by the fact that the band's music has changed over time and influences of other musical styles and exotic instruments can be heard on the more recent albums. This is how the song Te Quiero Puta! from the album Rosenrot Influences of Latin American Music .

For several Rammstein songs, the musicians said they used parts of songs by the bands that some of them had previously listened to. According to Landers, the basic structure for the song Herzeleid Landers came from John - a work by the band Die Magdalene Keibel Combo . The formation was a side project of Landers and Flake during their Feeling B time. Kruspe , on the other hand, brought parts of the song Sehnsucht with him from his former band Orgasm Death Gimmick . Another musical borrowing from the Keibel combo's repertoire are parts of the song “Klaus Kinski”. These can be found - clearly modified, but nonetheless unmistakable - in Marry me .

Inspiration from other bands such as the Slovenian group Laibach , which quotes symbols of the political right and thus provokes and whose music style also unites different genres, or the rock band Oomph! Rammstein is often said to be. However, the band members do not see any real connection with Laibach - apart from the similarity in singing style that Flake Lorenz conceded in a Viva interview in 1997. In the same interview, Richard Kruspe said:

“For me, Laibach is a very, very intellectual story. For me, Rammstein is much more emotional - at the beginning. And I can't do anything with this intellect that Laibach uses. "

- Richard Kruspe

Unlike many groups from Berlin in the early 1990s, Rammstein said he did not want to imitate US and English bands. Flake Lorenz said in an interview:

“We found the style by knowing exactly what we didn't want. And we didn't want to do American funky music or punk or anything that we can't do at all. We realized that we can only play this music. And it's just very simple, dull, monotonous. "

- Christian Flake Lorenz

Obviously, this claim arose through the completion of the four-piece band at the beginning. At least that is what the journalist Peter Richter, a frequent interviewer in making-of productions and documentaries of the band, reported in an article for Universal Music in 2011 . He wrote:

“Stubborn, four-four time knocked on one. (...) If the Germans are encouraged to clap along, by a pop singer for example, they will, no matter what the rhythm actually is, after (...) half a minute fall into this pattern, marching with their palms. (...) What Rammstein ultimately turns into Rammstein - and what Rammstein is also always accused of (...) is (...) the insight that Germans can take salsa lessons, (...) it will still look square with them (...). But they (the Rammstein musicians) obviously had to encourage each other to take this point. When Paul Landers joined us, he says that what was once to become Rammstein still sounded strongly like Pantera . "

- Peter Richter

All musical decisions in the band are made democratically based on a majority vote, which, according to the musicians, repeatedly leads to lengthy and tough discussions, but also has a formative effect on the style of the band. Drummer Christoph Schneider said in the making of the 2009 album Liebe ist für alle :

“When there are just six of Rammstein's together, a kind of animal, a creature, is created that hangs over the individual like a bell. You just don't have to be there, then that animal is gone. I cannot explain to you where it comes from and how it is made. That is the Rammstein energy, which has certainly already produced a lot of positive things, but can also be very emotional. "

- Christoph Schneider



The band members Rammstein describe their style of music as "dance metal". Characteristic of the band's music are guitar riffs played by distorted electric guitars and simple drums rhythms . Often the pieces are built on simple, continuous patterns. Rammstein's music differs from classic heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden through the massive use of electronic sounds - such as electronically simulated piano or violin parts in quiet ballads or techno sounds - as  well as the less frequent use of drum breaks . Also guitar and keyboard come soli prior, but are rarer and held generally easier.

Audio sample ) Synthesizer figure in Rammstein's title Asche zu Asche

Their music is partly comparable to Marilyn Manson , Dope or Static-X , in which heavy metal is mixed with electronic music and sound effects . Examples are the sounds that the title Engel ( Sample ) or ashes to ashes inferior, where guitar riffs with a long sustained by fundamentals (H - G - A) highlighted Synthesizer - Pattern Change. Loudspeaker.svg

Guitars and bass

Excerpt from a guitar riff in fifths from Rammstein's title Du hast

The guitar riffs played by Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers are usually characterized by a certain groove that matches the accentuation of the quarter beats of the drums (see above). To create additional accents or to emphasize them, they use the palm muting technique that is widely used in rock music and metal . In order to achieve a more powerful sound, Kruspe and Landers often only use chords consisting of the root and the corresponding fifth , so-called power chords (see illustration on the right). In addition, the sounds of the electric guitars are usually heavily distorted. An exception to the songs lot from the album Reise, Reise and wild wine from the live CD Live from Berlin is where the voice of the rhythm guitar throughout the song remains away without distortion, even though they are in Los musically otherwise only little of the guitar tracks that are characteristic of Rammstein's music.

The two guitarists usually play the riff of a song at the same time, but in two different octaves . In 2008, Paul Landers said in an interview with the Berlin company Native Instruments that Richard Kruspe played in the middle octave range and he himself played in the low. He also explained that both of them combined different guitar brands with different amplifier technologies from the start. Kruspe works with ESP guitars and tube amplifiers, namely rectifiers from the manufacturer Mesa / Boogie . He, on the other hand, initially played guitars from Music Man , but now a Gibson Les Paul , which he occasionally used together with digital emulations. Meanwhile, however, as at the beginning of his Rammstein career, he is again using SansAmp transistors from the manufacturer Tech 21. According to Kruspe, the aim of the combination of tube and transistor is to make the guitar sound voluminous and at the same time contoured. This also explains the fact that extensive guitar solos are largely avoided.

Most of the band's songs are in standard or drop D tuning . On Reise, Reise , Rosenrot and the new untitled album, songs in the lower Drop C mood dominate, which gives them a darker sound.

Guitar solos exist at Rammstein, but are by far not as common as in general in other metal bands and are also kept relatively spartan and useful for the song. Richard Kruspe often works with short, repetitive motifs, octaved melody lines and a wah wah effect (heard in combination with Mein Herz burns and Rein Raus ). Occasionally his solos also contain screeching effects, which he creates with his Digitech Whammy - Pitch Shifter -pedal ( stone by stone ) or targeted dissonances ( play with me , destroy ).
Although Kruspe's signature guitars are equipped with a Floyd Rose vibrato system, he rarely uses it and often unscrews the vibrato lever from his guitar for live performances.

The voices of the bass and the rhythm guitar are sometimes very similar. In the title Engel, for example, a sixteenth-note figure of the bass sounds , which is then picked up by the guitars and performed in unison by the instruments ( audio sample ). Loudspeaker.svg


At the time of the album production by Liebe ist für alle da , the acoustic drums played by Christoph Schneider consisted of two bass drums , two hi-hats , three tom toms and a snare drum as well as numerous cymbals. In an interview in July 2016, the musician reported that his basic set actually consisted of four tom toms.

Rammstein's drums were electronically influenced from the start. Tom toms , bass drums and his snare are equipped with so-called triggers in order to be able to add an electronic sound level to the acoustic sound image. According to Schneider, the samples used - a combination of finished and self-created sounds - provide the typical sound color of certain Rammstein songs, while the pressure / acoustics are generated by the classical instrument.


A number of the band's songs are not only characterized by their striking, brutal guitar riffs, but also by the use of electronically generated grooves, choirs, strings and other samples , sometimes even drum breakbeats. Christian Flake Lorenz is responsible for their creation and intonation , who often opens the respective song musically. According to his own statement, Lorenz uses an older keyboard model from the Roland brand and, since the beginning of his membership in Rammstein, a sampler from the US company Ensoniq . Both instruments are no longer manufactured in this way, but Lorenz has them rebuilt for his needs and at least in the past even bought replacement devices on eBay .

For the production of the album Reise, Reise he also used a laptop and logic software from the US company Apple to create the sequences .


A special feature of Rammstein's music is Till Lindemann's deeper , in the past often disparagingly described by the media as " Teutonic " singing with a rolling "R" , which is primarily due to Lindemann's deep singing (see stage German ). So he usually covers the vocal ranges of the baritone or the bass with his voice . In some pieces, however, it also reaches the old register (as in Seemann , Klavier or Die nicht vor mich ).


Audio sample without drums ) Acoustic guitar in the title Without you

In the course of the individual albums, however, parallel to the development of the text content, a change in the musical design can be seen. While the first two albums were dominated by repeated riffs played by distorted electric guitars , which gave the impression of "blunt, unyielding guitar walls", the later works make a more differentiated impression. The proportion of quieter songs like Nebel and Ohne dich increased, and the titles that weren't part of the ballads also seem less monotonous. This is about new ways of playing, a more melodic singing by the singer Lindemann and the inclusion of other instruments - such as accordion inserts in Reise, Reise , panpipes in Wo bist du or trumpet sounds in the style of Mexican mariachim music in Te Quiero Puta! ( Audio sample ) - attributed. The uses of the guitars also changed in part. To switch on the ballad Without You chords of the electric guitar - which act though less hectic than on older titles - with a by string instruments underlying plucked acoustic guitar from. On Reise, Reise , choirs arranged by Sven Helbig ( Mein Teil , Morgenstern , Amerika , Reise, Reise ) will also be used for the first time . On the follow-up albums Rosenrot und Liebe ist für alle , he remains Rammstein's arranger for distinctive additional instruments such as French horns , Mexican trumpets, trombones , yodels and string instruments. Loudspeaker.svg

With regard to the seventh studio album, which was released in 2019 (production started in 2015), drummer Christoph Schneider reported to musicnstuff.de magazine in 2016 that the band had significantly changed their production and rehearsal conditions. During this production, the musicians no longer played their parts individually with their own amplifier - as a drummer, for example, he works completely with an electronic drum kit - in order to reduce volume and stress. To this he said:

“The advantage of this is - that might sound strange to Rammstein - that you can rehearse at room volume. We all play over a mixer and over two boxes (...). That brings a certain clarity to the sound, you can hear the whole picture. Otherwise everyone in our house tends to make himself a bit louder, and the others in such a way that you can just hear them. Now everyone hears each other in the middle of the music, which means that they are played differently.

- Christoph Schneider


Till Lindemann on the LIFAD tour 2010

The texts by Rammstein and especially their presentation by the singer Till Lindemann are an essential element of the music and clearly shape the perception by fans and a broader public. This is due, among other things, to the fact that frequently very controversial, taboo and shame-laden topics such as BDSM ( bend over , fire wheels and I hurt you ), homosexuality ( man against man and travel, travel ), incest ( play with me , spawning time , animals and Viennese blood ), sexual abuse ( Viennese blood , animal , Hallelujah , Hallomann ), drugs ( cocaine and adios ), necrophilia (marry me) , sex tourism ( pussy and foreigners ), pyromania ( gasoline , open fire! And help me ), cannibalism ( My part and jealousy ), misanthropy (halt) , voyeurism (far away) , playing with religious images (ashes to ashes) and violence during the sexual act (do you want to see the bed in flames?) Or an extraordinary perspective on these to get voted. In particular, the songs on the early albums Herzeleid and Sehnsucht deal with sex and violence. On Reise, Reise , Rosenrot and Rammstein, interpersonal relationships are dealt with more intensely, for example in the song from the first-mentioned album Ohne dich . The songs Nebel , Where are you , Don't die before me , Diamant and Tattoo are about the mourning of a former lover.

The texts are partly based on well-known works in German literature . The song Dalai Lama is an adaptation of Goethe's Ballad vom Erlkönig :

"Who rides so late through night and wind? It is the father with his child; He's got the boy in his arms, he grabs him securely, he keeps him warm. "

- Goethe's Erlkönig

"An airplane lies in the evening breeze - there is also a man with a child on board - you are seated safely [,] are warm - and so you fall into your sleep."

- Rammstein's Dalai Lama

Haifisch's chorus is inspired by Bertolt Brecht's Moritat from Mackie Messer :

"And the shark, he has teeth / And he wears them on his face / And Macheath, he has a knife / But you can't see the knife."

- Bertolt Brecht's morality from Mackie Messer

"And the shark has tears / and they run from his face / but the shark lives in the water / you can't see the tears."

- Rammstein's shark

The song Roter Sand musically implements the subject of the duel scene from Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest . Since the copywriter Till Lindemann occasionally uses the cipher poetry, a conscious ambiguity of the texts can be observed in places, in which many passages can be interpreted both suggestively and harmlessly. In addition, some texts on controversial topics deliberately leave open whether they want to propagate, ironic or neutrally portray the views described. In the text of Punishment , Lindemann leaves me open as to whether it refers to masochistic submission and impotence in the sexual environment or to the submission and powerlessness of man in relation to God.

“Your size makes me small - you can be my punisher. Your size makes him small - you will be my punishment. God takes god gives. But he only gives to whom he also loves. "

Stylistically, the texts are characterized by the mostly deliberately simple and striking use of puns and allegories . In the title You have played with the homophony of the words “have” and “hate” in the 2nd person singular ([ ˈhast ]).

"You - you have - you have me - you have asked me - you have asked me and I have not said anything."

According to drummer Christoph Schneider, the fact that "Rammstein [...] always has room for interpretation" is a trademark of the band. Such a concept, which often leads to misunderstandings, is closely related to growing up in the GDR :

“If you look at lyrics by GDR bands, you can see how good they are sometimes when they paraphrase a topic with lyrical means. This past is closely related to us. "

- Christoph Schneider

The text is mostly presented in the form of the first person, which the singer Till Lindemann justifies with a larger, additionally polarizing "immediacy". In an interview with Cicero magazine, Lindemann commented on the regular public inquiries about the meaning and background of his lyrics . Author Thomas Winkler describes the scene in his article "The nice Mr. Lindemann" as follows:

“I should always analyze my texts,” says Lindemann during the interview in his native Berlin, then the huge chest rises a good bit and the tall man sinks in his chair with a soft sigh, “but in reality I don't think that much about it."

- Thomas Winkler, Cicero

As a rule, Rammstein lyrics are only created after the piece of music, as the journalist and book author Peter Richter wrote in a band portrait for the Universal record label :

“With Rammstein, Lindemann's morbid texts are not set to music, he has to turn around to see that he finds something in his imagination or in his archive that fits the dark massiveness of the sounds. To the extent that the music has become more bombastic and operetta-like from record to record, the texts have expanded from slogans to full-blown sales. "

- Peter Richter

According to his own statements, Lindemann normally has little or no participation in the musical composition. As early as the late 1990s, he told the music broadcaster Viva that he would receive multi-track tracks from his bandmates to write lyrics with. In the same interview, Paul Landers commented on the process of creating music and lyrics:

“Till comes with a text that is mostly based on the riff that supports the song. Hard riff, hard text. Soft riff, soft text. "

- Paul Landers

An exception to this rule is, according to the bassist Oliver Riedel, the song “Feuer und Wasser” from the 2005 album “Rosenrot”. Here Lindemann pinned the text on the wall in the rehearsal room and the band tried to build a musical garment around it. According to the band, it is similar with the song Pussy , the lyrics of which also existed before the final composition.


The following studio albums have been released so far:

For publications of the solo projects of individual band members, see


  • 1995–1996: Herzeleid Tour
  • 1997–2001: Longing Tour
  • 2001–2002: Mother Tour
  • 2004–2005: Reise, Reise Tour
  • 2009–2011: Love is there for everyone Tour
  • 2011–2013: Made in Germany Tour
  • 2016–2017: Festival Tour *
  • 2019–2021: Stadium Tour

* unofficial name as the tour has no official name. The unofficial name comes from the fact that the band played mainly at festivals during the tour.

Music videos

Between 1995 and 2019, the band made 29 music videos of 27 songs. Only for the single Das Modell (1997) was no video, although one was produced. It was never published due to moral concerns related to Lady Diana's death . A video was released for the song Rammstein , but not a single. A video on Sehnsucht only contains scenes from the live version of Live from Berlin . Parts of the video material for My Heart Burns come from the filming with director Eugenio Recuenco in December 2011. However, the band was not satisfied with the finished video and in June 2012 shot a few scenes with director Zoran Bihac to take from the existing one Material to create a new video.

year title Director (s)
1995 You smell so good Emanuel Fialik
1996 sailor Laszlo Kadar
1997 Rammstein Alexander Herzog, Kai Kniepkamp
Angel Hannes Rossacher , Norbert Heitker
You have Philipp Stölzl
1998 You smell so good '98 Philipp Stölzl
Stripped Philipp Stölzl
2001 Sun Joern Heitmann
Left 2 3 4 Zoran Bihać
I want Joern Heitmann
2002 mother Joern Heitmann
Open fire! Rob Cohen
2004 My part Zoran Bihać
America Joern Heitmann
Without you Joern Heitmann
2005 Do not feel like Joern Heitmann
petrol Uwe Flade
Rose red Zoran Bihać
2006 head to head Jonas Åkerlund
2009 Pussy Jonas Åkerlund
I hurt you Jonas Åkerlund
2010 shark Joern Heitmann
2011 my country Jonas Åkerlund
2012 my heart is burning Zoran Bihać (2 versions)
Eugenio Recuenco
2019 Germany Specter Berlin
radio Joern Heitmann
Foreigners Joern Heitmann

Album production

The Swedish music producer Jacob Hellner , who has also worked with Clawfinger and Apocalyptica , was responsible for all studio and live albums released before 2019 . Carl-Michael Herlöfsson was involved as co-producer on the debut album Herzeleid .

Since the third album Mutter , the sound engineers Ulf Kruckenberg and Florian Ammon as well as the mixing engineer Stefan Glaumann have been part of the team. In an interview with recording.de in April 2010, Hellner gave an insight into a typical production phase:

“The really fascinating thing about Rammstein is their clear focus - the musicians don't come into the rehearsal room and try their hand at a song part or look for a suitable groove. Rammstein come in and play almost finished material. "

- Jacob Hellner, music producer

But he also described the intense discussion culture within the band during an album production as grueling. In the course of the recording of the 2009 album Liebe ist für alle da , he said to journalist Marion Brasch :

"Rammstein is a neverending conference."

- Jacob Hellner

According to Hellner, the band bring about 30 finished song ideas per album into the rehearsal room, which are then analyzed together with him and the sound engineers and merged into about 20 pieces. In the course of the subsequent refinement of vocals, instrumentation and song structure, further songs would be discarded until finally around 15 to 17 songs remain for an album. So far, the band has released eleven songs per studio album. According to Hellner, the remaining pieces will be used as additional tracks for various download and hardcopy special releases.

Stage show

Use of pyrotechnics during the 2005 concert in Nottingham

Rammstein concerts are characterized by a meticulously choreographed stage show. This offers little or no scope for improvisation, as the group makes extensive use of pyrotechnics at the concerts . For example, in the song Sonne, fire fountains are shot upwards from so-called flame pots and shot downwards from the upper stage construction, further fireballs coming from the right and left edge of the stage meet in the middle. Individual band members carry out the song Feuer frei! Oral flame throwers ( Lycopodium masks), which , according to Flake , were developed by singer Till Lindemann. They also use smoke and spark throwers while playing, while the song Asche zu Asche ignites the microphone stands of the two guitarists. In other songs like I want or I am hurting you , fireworks are used in such a way that they are not only an optical component, but also part of the sound. In the early years of the piece Rammstein , the singer Lindemann set himself on fire - protected by an asbestos coat , referred to by the band as the "Brennemantel" - later he used two oversized fire-throwing claw-like metal arms instead. In Engel's more recent performances , he carried a 50 kilogram steel wing structure on his back that gave off bursts of fire. From the festival tour in 2016, this part of the show was changed so that Lindemann and the wings are pulled several meters up and thanks to this suspension device no longer has to bear the load of the construction alone.

Also props such as microphones in diameter form (for my part ), exploding drums and sticks , a foam gun penis-shaped and large amounts of confetti-like paper strips, which are blown into the audience, find or found in certain pieces use. Some band members use instant coffee or dissolved milk powder as stage make-up to make the skin look oily or pale. Singer Till Lindemann also used fake blood in a few songs in the past, including the song Mein Teil from the album Reise, Reise .

The pyrotechnic inserts and the grotesque exaggeration of many effects, especially by the trained pyrotechnician Lindemann, are partly responsible for the high level of awareness of the band, which Lindemann explains by the fact that Rammstein is "simply the harder David Copperfield show". The rock lexicon writes about this:

Oliver Riedel performing in Gothenburg , 2005

“Rammstein have played with fire since their founding in 1994: on stage, where they imitated the fiery gags from Arthur Brown to Red Hot Chili Peppers with German perfection , and with their lyrics and demeanor, which earned the musicians a reputation for right-wing thinking. "

For the band's shows, their collaboration with the light artist and director Gert Hof , who died in 2012 and who worked out the stage and light concepts, especially in the band's first years, was important. For the first time, Hof took on the lighting design for the concert 100 Years Rammstein on September 27, 1996 in the Arena Berlin . He is also listed in the booklet of the 1999 DVD Live from Berlin as the responsible Stage & Lighting Designer . From 2001 onwards, LeRoy Bennett also took on the role of Production / Lighting Designer on the Rammstein tours. During the tour production of the album Reise Reise in 2004, Bennett and Hof were named together, but Bennett was solely responsible for the design of the appearance in New York's Madison Square Garden in December 2010. Bennett also has a say in an interview on the 2015 DVD Rammstein in America .

Richard Kruspe said in an interview on the stage show that he had fun pretending to be on stage and dressing up, and that he included the other band members. Constanze, the sister of the drummer Schneider, was temporarily responsible for the stage outfits. The Berlin costume designer Sophie Onillon and the textile artist Bettina Loose have been doing this for several years.

When Rammstein was still relatively unknown, the band, according to their own statements, created flames in poorly attended halls by secretly pouring gasoline in the audience area before the start of the concert, which was then lit by Lindemann from the stage with the first song.

Another show element is a rubber boat, in which keyboardist Flake lets the crowds carry him. At first this only happened for the song Seemann , in the meantime - depending on the setlist - also for Heirate mich and Stripped , since love is there for everyone - tour with the song Haifisch . In the meantime, after a few painful falls, Flake had ceded this task to Oliver Riedel and Paul Landers, but is now steering the rubber boat himself again. During the Europe Stadium Tour 2019, the rubber boats were made by Flake, Landers, Riedel, Kruspe and partly also by Schneider used between the songs angels and foreigners.

According to event technology specialist Thilo Baby Goos, part of the 125-strong Rammstein tour crew at the time , the stage that was built for the Made in Germany tour 2011/2012 was one of the largest in the world at the time. It was 24 meters wide, 15 meters high and was made entirely of steel. According to the technician, 100 loudspeaker boxes and a total of 50 tons of equipment were pulled under the ceiling using 120 motors. The entire equipment for the tour comprised 25 truckloads, two of the vehicles contained two power plants, each with an output of one megawatt , to ensure the power supply. Goos told the SZ-Magazin that accompanied this tour:

“You need the power plants so that the lights don't go out in the cities when it comes to Rammstein. It is not eco. You have to decide: hot old concert lamps instead of cold light? Do you need electricity. "

- Thilo "Baby" Goos : BlackBox Music

In an interview with radioeins in 2016, keyboardist Flake confirmed that the band had shut down the power supply in the surrounding area at concerts in Barcelona and Tallinn before purchasing the power plants .

In the making of on the concert film DVD Rammstein: Paris , released in May 2017 , tour and production manager Nicolai Sabottka stated that a show on the Made in Germany tour included 300 pyro effects. 80 kilograms of Lycopodium and 40 liters of isoparaffin were used per concert .

The immense touring effort that the band has been doing for years is viewed critically by some band members at times. This is how the guitarist Richard Kruspe expressed himself during the video shoot of Ich tu dir weh in October 2009:

“There is only upgrading, there is no more disarming at Rammstein. That's a bit of a shame, sometimes you would be happy to do a show without anything - but that just doesn't work at Rammstein anymore. "

- Richard Kruspe

His guitar colleague Paul Landers confirms the impression in the same making-of video:

"We are way too over budget, says the American."

- Paul Landers

In 2019, production designer Leroy Bennett described guitarist Paul Landers as the “leading creative person” of the band when it came to the stage show in the British edition of Metal Hammer magazine . He brought in models and drawings for the stage design that “often defy physics”.

public perception

The trade press initially viewed the band's music rather critically. The rock lexicon by Barry Graves and Siegfried Schmidt-Joos rates the band's second album, Sehnsucht, as follows:

“The second album again contained songs full of flat slogans ('Bück dich', 'Tier', 'Punish me'), underpinned by the rough sound of the band. Rammstein lived from a perfectly coordinated rhythm group and suffered from the uncertainty of adequately integrating keyboard sounds. "

Later works by the band, however, were usually better received. Frank Albrecht from Rock Hard magazine wrote about the album Reise, Reise :

“Musically, however, there are a few minor surprises. Rammstein still sound their strongest when they hit the board. The wide screen riffs, the cold rhythms, the simple and at the same time highly memorable melodies. But this time they also dare to take the step to softer sounds, such as the three-pack 'Without you', 'Amour' and 'Los'. A new sound garment, which you soon got used to and which you learn to appreciate. "

The Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek wrote in “Zeit online” on March 6, 2008 a. a .:

"Rammstein undermine the totalitarian ideology not through ironic distance, but through confrontation with the obscene corporeality of the rituals associated with it and thus render it harmless."

- Slavoj Žižek

He also said that Rammstein's handling of totalitarian ideology could compete with the senseless speech of the Hitler character Hynkel from Chaplin's film The Great Dictator .

In 2009, the band itself described their motives in a much more simplified way, as follows:

“We got together 15 years ago because we wanted to make monotonous, dull music. We stood in a cellar and made noise. We never tried to succeed. We do what we like. Always. And when there are six of us together, ideas come out that the general public finds disgusting. We are just like that. "

- Paul Landers, guitarist

Many of Lindemann's texts can be attributed to romanticism . In the Catholic weekly newspaper hinsehen.net , the band is assigned to the Romantic period by the author Josef Jung as a total work of art .

“The dark, which one is actually afraid of, is visibly sung about and represented. The forbidden is perhaps even sold seductively, like the Erlkönig in Goethe's ballad of the same name. The horror and the romantic become, as it were, mystical-dark art. Rammstein sings about the mirror of horror, which, in contrast to the speaking mirror in the fairy tale 'Snow White', does not say who is the most beautiful in the country, but rather shows how dark it is. "

- Josef Jung

The SZ-Magazin of the Süddeutsche Zeitung dedicated an entire issue to Rammstein in its 27/2012 issue with texts by Alexander Gorkow and photographs by Andreas Mühe. The author and photographer accompanied the six musicians on their US and Canada tour for several weeks. In the epilogue of the publication with the title Who will be good on earth during his lifetime, you let it be known among other things:

“Rammstein are Germany's biggest misunderstanding - at the same time they are Germany's biggest cultural export. (...) The head of Seite Drei of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Alexander Gorkow, (...) remembers' many, many hours with thoughtful, musical and essentially totally rebellious anarchists '. "

- Süddeutsche Zeitung

Analogous to this attitude, the public perception - especially that of the national feature pages - towards the band has changed in favor of Rammstein in recent years. Welt.de wrote in December 2010:

"Rammstein is the high office for the German language."

- Ophelia Abeler

For the 20th anniversary of the band in 2014, the author duo Matthias Mineur and Thorsten Zahn wrote for Metal Hammer magazine:

"Rammstein are among the most style-defining, most innovative and most successful bands that Germany has ever produced."

- Metal hammer

The fact that the band is polarizing to this day became clear in connection with the release of Rammstein: Paris in March / May 2017 (cinema / DVD). The Jonas Åkerlund film, which compared to the previously more conventional concert recordings Live in Berlin , Völkerball and Rammstein in Madison Square Garden has extremely fast cuts and slow motion shots, plus some bizarre morphing effects, generated both media representatives and Fans shared an echo, even if positive feedback predominated.

Spiegel author Jens Balzer criticized the film itself, but above all the choice of the premiere location - the Volksbühne Berlin , which at that time was just saying goodbye to the director Frank Castorf , who had been acting since 1992 . He rated the event as the “bankruptcy” of the house, the premiere of this film at the Volksbühne had devalued everything that this house once seemed to stand for. He also wrote:

“The Rammstein aesthetic is the primal scene of the one-will-probably-be-allowed-to-say-again-attitude, from which the Björn Höckes of the country still feed today. Rammstein are the original scene of Pegida and AfD - and nothing changes that they come from East Berlin and the punk scene and call themselves left when asked. "

- Jens Balzer : Spiegel.de

His statements sparked heated discussions in the magazine's readers' forum - many recipients criticized the author's arguments, which reminded them of the initial controversy surrounding the band in the mid-1990s.

Connections to the Volksbühne Berlin

Shortly after its official founding, the group first came into contact with the East Berlin theater. The band, which was still unknown at the time, played on December 14, 1994 on the main stage of the house together with the former GDR bands Sandow and Santa Clan . The concert took place following a screening of the 1988 documentary DEFA whisper & SHOUT - A Rock Report instead, participated in some of today's Rammstein musicians - at that time as part of the East German Punk Pathetique combo Feeling B .

A good year earlier, the group Feeling B, which broke up at the end of 1993, performed there for the first time - on September 25, 1993, they performed a medieval music show for their third album “The Mask of Red Death” in the Volksbühne Berlin. Frank Keding, musical director of the Berlin group Bolschewistische Kurkapelle schwarz-rot, which took part in the performance at the time, later said in an interview book about Feeling B about the performance:

“Paul and Flake floated onto the stage with a martial opening, impressively supported by fans, fog and light. At that time there were already signs of what would be completed in later Rammstein shows. "

- Frank Keding : Bolshevik spa chapel black and red

In 1997, actress Astrid Meyerfeldt , who was part of the Volksbühne Berlin ensemble from 1992 to 2008, was involved in the shooting of the video for Du hast . In the making of the video, director Philipp Stölzl said:

“(…) In this video it's Astrid Meyerfeldt, a real Volksbühnen star , and I was really happy that she even did it. But of course that also had something to do with the fact that for years Castorf always had Rammstein played in his performances, (...) there was currently a large fan base in the Volksbühne. "

- Philipp Stölzl

In 2014, Castorf commented on cultural realignments in the city to the Tagesspiegel :

“If someone has Rammstein here and wants to turn the Volksbühne into a rehearsal room, please. These are the daydreams of a music manager. Nobody who makes such decisions today is still in office if you sometime notice the consequences of your decisions. That is normal. We don't know whether the defense minister knows so much about the military. "

- Frank Castorf


Band name

The name "Rammstein" comes from Paul Landers, Christoph Schneider and Flake Lorenz. On August 28, 1988 an air show took place at Ramstein Air Base in West Palatinate , in which the Italian aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori also took part. It came to a plane crash that killed 70 people. Rammstein themselves have long distanced themselves from a direct reference between their band name and the accident. The associated controversy is partly responsible for the band's high profile. In fact, the explanations mentioned were only made afterwards. Shortly after it was founded, the band, unknown at the time, appeared under the unambiguous name "Rammstein Flugschau".

“During one of our trips with Feeling B , Schneider, Flake and I already had the new band name. We had written that on the wall of our LO : Rammstein Air Show . Stupid as we were, we wrote Rammstein with two Ms because we didn't know that Ramstein only had one M. We called ourselves that out of nonsense at first, but the name stuck like a nickname that you don't like. We couldn't get rid of it. We didn't really want to be called Rammstein , that was too fixed for us. We were still looking for: milk or earth or mother , but the name was already through. "

- Paul Landers

Debate on extremism

Due to the ambiguous lyrics and the hard style, the band was often accused in the early days by the media of following right-wing extremist tendencies. The criticism intensified after the video for the cover  song Stripped - the original is by Depeche Mode  - was released in 1998 , which contained footage of the 1936 Summer Olympics by Leni Riefenstahl . The director of the video was Philipp Stölzl . The then editor-in-chief of the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Ulf Poschardt, criticized the following in a lecture at the Leni Riefenstahl exhibition in Potsdam in 1999:

“However, in view of the identity and nationality debates in Germany, after the right-wing extremist terrorism of recent years, such platitudes must appear quite questionable. The political context in which Rammstein refers to Germany is no longer that of Brandt's kneeling in Warsaw , but that of the burning houses of refugees and migrants. [...] Rammstein's feedback loops on the völkisch swamp of the New Right rob their music of any 'hedonistic potential'. "

Despite the removal of anti-constitutional symbols from the video material, the band was accused of spreading fascist ideology and the thoughtless idealization of National Socialist aesthetics. The result was a ban on broadcasting the music video for broadcast times before 10 p.m. Till Lindemann later stated that with this provocation a limit had been exceeded, which he would not do again.

In the ZDF / Arte documentary film Flake - Mein Leben , keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz clearly distances himself from any right-wing thought and is annoyed by the allegations. In 2001 the band released the song Links 2 3 4 as an expression of a left-wing attitude. According to Lorenz, Rammstein wrote this title in order to use a clear political statement to rebut the prevailing prejudices that the style of the musical performances suggests that the musicians are rightly thinking. Lorenz said literally: "We are marching, but we are on the left, absolutely clearly on the left."

The guitarist Paul Landers also commented:

“We see the world differently than divided into left and right. But for this song we use the simple black and white metaphors that journalists seem to find important to explain to us. "

In other interviews they condemned racially motivated violence. Till Lindemann complained to Stern that the problem was ignored and not doing enough:

"Why don't you take harder action today?"

Drummer Christoph Schneider explained why they still do not take part in actions such as " Rock gegen Rechts ":

"What's the point? The right are there. [...] We have to accept this problem and finally accept that there are these tendencies in Germany. [...] We have to talk to those who solve their problems. "

Paul Landers described Rammstein in another interview as a “fighter for left patriotism”. Regarding this discussion about a political orientation, the band Laibach , which Rammstein was godfather in some aspects, was discussed similarly.

In the January / February 2002 issue of the magazine Der Rechts Rand, Martin Büsser accused Rammstein and other bands of using nationalist aesthetics without placing them in the appropriate historical context. This would present this aesthetic as apolitical and make it “acceptable again”.

According to their own statement, the band did not intend the expressively rolled “R” in Lindemann's vocals, which was also sometimes criticized. Till Lindemann said:

“The rolling 'R' wasn't even created on purpose. It came by itself because in that low pitch you automatically sing that way. For God's sake we didn't want to create a fascist attitude. [...] Only later, when we were asked about it in interviews, did we have to deal with it. "

Due to the rolled "R" played only a limited Rammstein's music going, said an employee of the Soldiers Station of the Bundeswehr , Radio Andernach , opposite the magazine Rolling Stone , there could come "it to a distorted representation and perception of Germany abroad".

Occasionally the band was appropriated by right-wing extremists . This is how the NPD party organ German Voice said in an article in 2004 about reactions to a song by the Berlin electro-pop band Mia :

"After the success of Rammstein and the statements of the songwriter Heinz Rudolf Kunze , another prominent voice of German pop culture seems to be campaigning for a more relaxed relationship with its own nation."

In the same year, the FAZ found only a rather provocative use of National Socialist aesthetics:

“Their poses were always martial, for some proto-fascist, definitely provocative. In the meantime it is clear that singer Lindemann and the others deal with this aesthetic, which is coded as right, but that they are more of a provocation magnet and a lifestyle phenomenon. "

The protection of the constitution of North Rhine-Westphalia did not classify the band as right-wing extremist in a publication published in 2005:

“Critics accuse the band of making Nazi bonds socially acceptable in this way; However, the band cannot be classified as right-wing extremist. "

When the band released new material in the form of the single Germany in March 2019 after more than seven years , the extremism debate partly came back to the public with the teaser for the associated video. Many politicians and members of Jewish associations saw the teaser, in which the Rammstein members in the clothes of concentration camp inmates standing on a gallows, as at least a tasteless form of advertising at the expense of the memory of the Holocaust victims. The spokeswoman for the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem gave a more differentiated judgment:

“Yad Vashem does not generally criticize artistic works that are reminiscent of Holocaust images. We believe that respectful artistic representation of the subject can be legitimate as long as it does not offend, belittle, or desecrate the memory of the Holocaust. And not just serve as a tool to attract public attention. "

- Iris Rosenberg

After the complete video was put online a few days later, in which the scene of the teaser from the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp only constitutes part of the overall work, numerous media found it positive and as a critical examination of the "split" ( Focus Online ) judging Germans in relation to their own history; In retrospect, Spiegel Online referred to the teaser as a “trap”. The concentration camp scene was rated accordingly:

“On closer observation, for example, it becomes apparent that the band does not use the concentration camp reference for the purpose of easily integrating excitement. What is decisive is what the singer Till Lindemann lyrically recites in this context: 'Germany, I cannot give you my love' - and the reasons for this lie in the existence of the concentration camps themselves. "

- The time

“Dora-Mittelbau symbolizes the fact that it is impossible for Germans to love themselves unconditionally. The Holocaust, the destruction of human life through work, took place here geographically in the midst of them. Tens of thousands of prisoners died here, while millions of Germans looked away. Such a Germany is impossible to love, even if you wanted to - and that becomes clear in the lyrics: 'Germany - my love / I can't give you', Lindemann sings shortly after the scenes in Dora-Mittelbau. "

- Focus Online

"Rammstein have never distanced themselves from nationalism as clearly as here."

- Spiegel Online

The Süddeutsche Zeitung gave a similar verdict, but still criticized the selection of the excerpt for the teaser:

“The video can be read as a tour through the history of German repression without any difficulty. The fact, however, that the band decided to advertise this video with the central motif of the German perpetrator-victim reversal and, as a German band, to wear the uniform of Jewish concentration camp inmates, this fact remains. The fact that the band knew exactly what they were doing speaks that they could have used any other image for the teaser, but decided on this one. "

- Süddeutsche Zeitung

Relationship to violence

Rammstein hit the headlines after the rampage at Columbine High School in 1999. The perpetrators Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had been declared fans of the band, which led to a "crossfire of criticism" and the accusation that the Both gunmen were influenced by Rammstein's violence-themed song lyrics. But German school and youth authorities also considered putting some of the songs on the exam index. Thereupon the band members expressed their sympathy for the relatives of the tragic events and reiterated their aversion to any form of violence, but sharply rejected any connection between the terrible act and their music.

Rammstein attracted further attention with the processing of taboo topics. The intensive examination of violence - both from the perspective of the perpetrator and the victim - often leads to severe criticism in the media. With the release of the single Mein Teil , which took up the case of Armin Meiwes , who became known as the “ Cannibale von Rotenburg ” , the band caused a sensation in October 2004. The associated music video was blocked by the federal inspection agency for media harmful to minors for times before 10 p.m. The Commission for the Protection of Young People in the Media (KJM) wrote in the Youth Protection Report 2/2004 that the music video for Mein Teil is suitable “to impair the development of children or young people under the age of 16 into a self-reliant and socially responsible personality.” The appearance of “Mein Teil “In Nîmes, on the other hand, MTV played before 10pm.

Indexing and checking of music tracks

In late summer 2009, the band released the music video for Pussy . However, the video is only broadcast in a heavily censored version on music channels; uncensored, the video can only be seen on an erotic site and various video portals on the Internet. The reason for this was the pornographic content of the video, which shows the band members having sexual intercourse - however, the band members were body doubled by actors . The single entered the German charts as the first Rammstein single at all.

The accompanying album Liebe ist für alle da was indexed on November 11, 2009 at the request of the Ministry of Family Affairs because of the song Ich tu dir weh and a photo on the CD booklet . The latter showed the guitarist Richard Kruspe with a woman on his knees while he reached out with his right hand to - possibly - hit her on the bottom. The band was accused of depicting violence, sadomasochism and immorality in this song and on the associated image . The photo was taken together with several others in a shoot with the Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco , who later shot parts of the Rammstein video My heart burns .

The album was removed from the indexing list by the Cologne Administrative Court by decision of May 31, 2010 and effective June 1, 2010. The reason given is the suspensive effect of the lawsuit against the indexing. The lawsuit itself was upheld in October 2011, maintaining the deletion of the list. According to Petra Meier, at that time Vice-Chairwoman of the Federal Testing Office for Media Harmful to Young People (BPjM), who also commented on this in the ARD production Ab 18 - Music on the Index , according to the court, the band's artistic freedom was "not sufficiently appreciated".

In April 2016, the band filed a lawsuit against the Federal Republic of Germany because 85,000 copies of the album had to be destroyed or stored due to the indexing. The damage is estimated at 66,000 euros. In October 2016, the band's lawyers announced that they had reached an out-of-court settlement with the BPjM and that the dispute had been settled.

Even before the appearance of Liebe ist für alle da , Rammstein was reported to the Federal Testing Agency for Media Harmful to Young People, according to the aforementioned ARD production - but without success until this album. An example of a controversial but ultimately accepted work, according to this film, is the video for the 1998 song Stripped .

To date, according to this ARD production, only the video for Pussy is considered harmful to minors and is therefore indicated.

Awards (selection)

  • 1Live crown
    • 2005: Best live act
  • Bravo Otto
    • 1997: Silver for Band Rock
    • 2005: Bronze for band Rock
  • Berlin Monument Prize / Ferdinand von Quast Medal
    • 2017: Renovation and conversion of an industrial hall on the former Bergmann-Borsig site in Pankow
  • Comet
    • 1998: Best Live Band
    • 2005: Best Video for Keine Lust
  • German music author award of GEMA
    • 2018: Category Composition Rock / Metal
  • echo
    • 1998: Best Video for Angels
    • 1999: Most successful national artist abroad
    • 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
    • 2011: Best Video National for I hurt you
    • 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
  • Hard Rock Award
    • 2002: Best Rock Act
    • 2004: Best album for Reise, Reise
    • 2004: Best Song and Best Video for Mein Teil
  • grammy
    • 1998: Nomination as Best Metal Performance for Du hast
    • 2006: Nomination as Best Metal Performance for Mein Teil
  • International Music Award
    • 2019: Award in the Performance category
  • Kerrang! Awards
    • 2002: Best International Live Act
    • 2010: Kerrang! Inspiration Award
  • Loudwire Music Award
    • 2011: Video of the Year for Mein Land
  • Metal Hammer Awards
    • 2010: Best album for love is for everyone
    • 2012: Best German band
  • MTV Europe Music Award
    • 2005: Best German Act
  • Pop culture award
    • 2017: Most impressive live show
  • Revolver Golden Gods Award
    • 2011: Best Live Band
  • Rock Mag / Le Mouv
    • 2006:
      • International artist or group
      • International album for Rosenrot
      • International title for man against man
      • Clip international for gasoline
      • Concert for Rammstein (Arènes de Nîmes)
      • International singer to Till Lindemann
  • Rock pics
    • 2006:
      • International artist or group
      • Concert of the year for their concert in Nîmes
      • International singer to Till Lindemann
      • Bassist of the year to Oliver Riedel
      • Keyboarder of the year to Flake Lorenz
      • Drummer of the year to Christoph Schneider
  • World Music Award
    • 2005: Best Selling Artists Around the World - Germany
    • 2010: Best Selling Artists Around the World - Germany

Awards for music sales

Documentaries, concert films and live recordings

  • Rammstein: Live from Berlin (1999)
  • Rammstein: movie theater (2003)
  • Rammstein: Völkerball (2006)
  • Rammstein: Anaconda on the Net (Documentation 2006, part of the Völkerball DVD )
  • Rammstein: In America (Documentary 2015)
  • Rammstein in Madison Square Garden (2015, part of the DVD In Amerika )
  • Jonas Åkerlund: Rammstein: Paris (2017)


Various musicians have covered songs by Rammstein. Among other things, Nina Hagen recorded a version of the song Seemann with Apocalyptica . In 2012 the song Feuer frei! covered by Sabaton . In 2013 the folk music singer Heino covered the songs Sonne und Amerika .

On January 8, 2018, the band was awarded the 2017 Berlin Monument Prize by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe - in the form of the Ferdinand von Quast Medal - for special services in the field of monument protection . The musicians had acquired an industrial hall built in 1910, the former metal rolling mill of the former VEB Bergmann-Borsig in the Wilhelmsruh district of Pankow , renovated it and had it converted into an office and warehouse for their own stage technology and merchandising items.


Web links

Commons : Rammstein  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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