|Active:||1994 - Present|
|Genre:||Neue Deutsche Härte|
|Members:||Till Lindemann: Vocals
Richard Kruspe: Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Paul Landers: Rhythm Guitar
Christian Lorenz: Keyboard
Christoph Schneider: Drums
Oliver Riedel: Bass
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.
- Till Lindemann: Vocals
- Richard Kruspe: Lead guitar, back vocals
- Paul Landers: Rhythm guitar
- Dr. Christian "Flake" Lorenz: Keyboard
- Christoph "Doom" Schneider: Drums
- Oliver Riedel: Bass
- Daron Malakian: Rhythm guitar, as a replacement for Paul in 2001.
- Alf Ator: Keyboard, as a replacement for Flake in 2009.
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 a 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". Rammstein denied the connection between their name and the accident, at first, afraid of being doomed about the gravity of it. In early interviews, the band told being influenced by the "Rolling Stone" name.
- 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 synchronized movements. Even Till's 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".
Full article: Discography
Up to now Rammstein have released six studio albums:
- 1995: Herzeleid
- 1997: Sehnsucht
- 2001: Mutter
- 2004: Reise, Reise
- 2005: Rosenrot
- 2009: Liebe ist für alle da