6-Track Demo 3
|Demo album by Rammstein|
|Genre:||Neue Deutsche Härte|
This demo tape was sent out to promote the upcoming release of the debut album Herzeleid.
There are officially three known official versions of this cassette; the main copy, pictured with its blue Motor Music J-Card artwork is the 'original' version, and an alternative copy, also in colour, which uses a bold Courier New font for its inlay text.
Alongside the coloured variants, there also exists a version with xeroxed (photocopied) artwork, which appears to be a direct scan of an original tape - the only known copy of said tape was signed by all of Rammstein on 24th May 2017 at Cafe de Paris, London. This tape has been confirmed official by a reliable, trustworthy source.
Perhaps the more well-known variation of this cassette is its fake counterpart, which is clearly distinguishable from true Motor Music vorabcassettes from the grade of paper used to produce the paper J-Cards, as well as the fonts used on them - a close 'relative' to the also well-known fake 8-track demo tape featuring the extended Jeder lacht demo; further information on how to tell fake demo tapes from real ones is through the steps outlined on this page.
Oddly, while the Xeroxed version of the tape stands out most for its unusual photocopied properties, it is the only one (known) to have extensive written provenance for it. The tape's original seller provided useful information regarding the origin and purpose of the Xeroxed tape, (and likewise, most likely all of the official 6-track demo tapes, too), which can be read in the provenance section below.
"I did receive this demo tape directly from the Rammstein Management / Touring Agency just when they where about to start their career. This tape was used in order to arrange the first Tour planned for the end of 1995. Back then I was the responsible booker for a rather small but well known Live Club in southern germany - capacity ca. 150-200 people - Called Cat Café - still exists.
I must have received this tape before the first Single "DU RIECHST SO GUT" released in August that year, as you usually book a Tour more than 6 months ahead of time. I actually wanted to book them, but already then their Management had very positive feedback from Radio, TV, Press and DJs promoted with the Single, so they decided to book bigger venues just in advance.
It turned out in the end, that I visited a tour show in Stuttgart, Roehre on their guest list. The Roehre has a capacity of 500-700 people, but the concert was visited only with less than 100 people. I think that KMFDM was the opener... So I enjoyed their show with only a small bunch of people, but they already had their show with a lot of fire and explosives on the stage back then."
- The Xeroxed tape's original owner, a Tour Booker.