Rammstein

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Rammstein is a band from Germany, founded in 1994. Since then the band has sold over 10,000,000 albums worldwide and is Germanies most successful music export ever.

Line-Up

Live replacements

  • Daron Malakian: Rhythm guitar, as a replacement for Paul in 2001.
  • Alf Ator: Keyboard, as a replacement for Flake in 2009.

Beginnings

Full article: Biography

Rammstein was founded in Berlin, back in 1994. Founding members were Richard Kruspe (lead guitar) and Christoph Schneider (drums). All other members joined the band later. Also in 1994 the band started working with their long-time manager Emanuel Fialik, but they split in 2010. Since the beginning all albums were produced by Jacob Hellner.

The origin of the band name Rammstein comes from an US air base, located near Ramstein in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. On August 28, 1988, an air show was held, during which three planes crashed into each other. One of those planes crashed burning into a pit of visitors. The accident killed around 70 and injured around 1,000 people. Rammstein took their name from that accident. The band wrote it with two 'M', because they thought the air base was written like that, since even many news shows on TV wrote it wrong.
The first version of the name was "Rammstein-Flugschau".

Controversy

  • 1995: Herzeleid album cover: The cover shows all six members of the band and their sweaty bodies. The press said, that the band would show themselves off as "Herrenmenschen". Till later described it as a "Broilerfoto" and Richard says, that the accusations of the press are totally stupid, because "it is just a photo".
  • 1998: Stripped video: The video for "Stripped" is a montage of the film "Fest der Völker" by Leni Riefenstahl. Even Hitler worked with her on that film. And for those reasons, Rammstein were accused of being nazis. The band just chose the video, because it showed perfect sports and syncronized movements. Even Tills daughter came up to him and asked, if he played in a nazi band.
  • 2001: Mutter album cover: The cover for the third album "Mutter" shows a conserved baby, which already died 200 years ago. The church found that cover "disgusting".

Discography

Full article: Discography

Up to now Rammstein have released six studio albums: