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Sehnsucht is the second album by Rammstein. It was released on August 22, 1997, in Germany and on January 13, 1998, in the USA. In the US "Sehnsucht" was the debut album of the band. and promoted as such.

Sehnsucht cover
Studio album by Rammstein
Released GER: August 22, 1997
US: January 13, 1998
Genre Neue Deutsche Härte
Label Motor
Producer Jacob Hellner
Listen/buy Spotify
Rammstein chronology
Singles from Sehnsucht
  1. "Engel"
    Released: April 1, 1997
  2. "Engel (Fan-Edition)"
    Released: May 23, 1997
  3. "Du hast"
    Released: July 18, 1997
  4. "Sehnsucht"
    Released: 1997


Recording the album began in November 1996. Rammstein entered, together with their long-time producer Jacob Hellner, the Temple Studio on Malta. During the recording some demos from the "Herzeleid" sessions were re-recorded. Those were "Alter Mann", "Spiel mit mir", "Sehnsucht" and "Bestrafe mich". All songs were already performed live before the album was released ("Alter Mann" even dating back to 1994 concerts).



Most countries got six different cover artworks. In Germany, even a censored version was released, with a black paper in front of the cover and a warning written on it. Also in most countries, the album title and band name are printed in silver on the jewel case, not on the cover. Exceptions make Japan and Australia. Australia has album and name in grey print on the cover, Japan in white print.


The booklet shows single pictures of each band member. The photos were taken by Gottfried Helnwein in 1997. Each band member is wearing bizarre facial-wear made from kitchen objects. Till is wearing glasses made of forks, which are the same already used on the cover of "Blackout" by the Scorpions.

The booklet is a fold-out booklet including six pages (12, when counting both sides). One side is showing each band member, the other one shows a stock image of a beach and all lyrics and credits. The Universal re-release from 2001 features some lyrics in English. Depending on the cover your copy of the album has, the arrangement of the bandmembers differs.


France limited edition

Three main formats were released: CD, MC, and a T-Shirt. The CD was released mostly with six different covers, while some versions and countries make exceptions to this. Some countries just got one or two covers, some editions have just one cover (German digipack has Till on front, France digipack has Flake on the front). Also, the number of tracks on the different versions differ. Sometimes the bonus tracks are hidden tracks, sometimes not. The album was released in a limited edition in France with 14 songs, the USA had 12 songs, Japan had 13 songs. In 1998 a new German limited version was released, which included "Du riechst so gut '98". Also in Germany was a T-Shirt released, which was advertised as a special edition of the album, but did not include the CD. But there was also a version including the CD. Australia got a second CD, which was later released Australia-exclusive as the "Asche zu Asche" single.

Another special edition was made available in France only through XIII BIS Records. The digipack was put on a stone, fixed with a plate of plexiglass. The edition comes with a certificate of authenticity. Only 10 of those are known. The digipack is the version containing three bonus tracks.

On December 4, 2015, the album was part of the "XXI" vinyl box set. It was the first time the album was released on vinyl. Two years later, on December 8, 2017, the vinyl of the album was made available separately.

Polish text

On polish cassettes Till introduces the listener to the album in Polish. This is what he says:

Hallo! Cześć jesteśmy Rammstein, pozdrawiamy całą Polskę i życzymy wielu miłych wrażeń w słuchaniu naszej nowej płyty pod tytułem Sehnsucht.


Hello! Hi, we are Rammstein. We're greeting all the Polish and we wish you a lot of nice experience while listening to our new album named Sehnsucht.


Standard album

  1. Sehnsucht - 04:04
  2. Engel - 04:24
  3. Tier - 03:47
  4. Bestrafe mich - 03:39
  5. Du hast - 03:55
  6. Bück dich - 03:22
  7. Spiel mit mir - 04:46
  8. Klavier - 04:24
  9. Alter Mann - 04:24
  10. Eifersucht - 03:37
  11. Küss mich (Fellfrosch) - 03:31

Promotional album cassette

The promotional version of the album on cassette included a longer version of "Du hast"

  1. Sehnsucht - 04:04
  2. Engel - 04:24
  3. Tier - 03:47
  4. Bestrafe mich - 03:39
  5. Du hast - 04:24
  6. Bück dich - 03:22
  7. Spiel mit mir - 04:46
  8. Klavier - 04:24
  9. Alter Mann - 04:24
  10. Eifersucht - 03:37
  11. Küss mich (Fellfrosch) - 03:31

Bonus tracks

Polish cassettes:

0. Till's Polish introduction - 00:05

US/Australia bonus:

12. Stripped - 04:44

Japan bonus:

12. Du hast (English Version) - 03:54
13. Engel (English Version) - 04:25

German bonus:

12. Du riechst so gut '98 - 03:54

French bonus:

12. Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt Radio Edit) - 03:40
13. Du riechst so gut '98 - 03:54
14. Du hast (Remix by Clawfinger) - 05:24

Australian bonus CD:
same content as the "Asche zu Asche" single

  1. Asche zu Asche - 03:51
  2. Spiel mit mir (Live) - 05:22
  3. Laichzeit (Live) - 05:14
  4. Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? (Live) - 05:52
  5. Engel (Live) - 05:57
  6. Asche zu Asche (Live) - 03:24