Album page Test Herzeleid
|Studio album by Rammstein|
|Released:||25 September 1995|
|Recorded:||Polar Studios, Sweden,
|Genre:||Neue Deutsche Härte|
XIII Bis (France)
|Format:||CD, Cassette, Vinyl|
|Producer:||Jacob Hellner, Carl-Michael Herlöfsson|
|Stream / Buy:||Spotify
|Rammstein album chronology|
|Singles from Herzeleid|
|North America cover|
Release: 24 November 1998
The recordings started in Sweden, in the Polar Studios. The band stayed in that studio for one week, where they only recorded the drum tracks. After that, they moved to the private studio of their producer Jacob Hellner. Jacob would only work during the day in the weeks. So in the evenings and on the weekend, the band was alone. None of the band members spoke good English, nor Swedish, so they couldn't go out anywhere, which led to a frustrating mood inside the band. All recordings took the band three months. After that Jacob was the first one to mix the album. Richard was the only band member present during mixing, and after he understood that Jacob had no idea what he did there, they started arguing and things were not getting done. So Richard called everyone in Stockholm: band, Jacob, the management and the label. They decided someone else has to mix the album, which is how they got to Ronald Prent. The mixing with him was done in Hamburg, and though they had some arguments and disagreements with the mixing, Richard thinks that he saved the album.
The first song written for this album was Rammstein, which was also the first song ever written by the band. The last song to be written was most likely Asche zu Asche since it wasn't played at their concerts in 1994, unlike all the other songs. A few songs were written in English before they were translated into German. There are also eight songs known from that era that did not make it onto the album:
- Jeder lacht (lyrics were later recycled for Adios from Mutter)
- Unknown instrumental song
- Schwarzes Glas
- Wilder Wein (later a demo was released on Engel (Fan Edition), a finished live version appeared on Live aus Berlin.)
- Alter Mann (later released on Sehnsucht with new music and slightly different lyrics.)
- Feuerräder (later released on Engel (Fan Edition), still in demo phase.)
- Tier (1994) (also referred to as Biest, a fanmade title. Not to be confused with the later released Tier from Sehnsucht.)
- Tiefer gelegt
The album was released as a promotional item in the so-called "Riech!"-box. The box included the album, a little bottle of the perfume "Obsession" by Calvin Klein and promotional sheets about the album. The following is the text from these promotional sheets:
"Freie Wildbahn" nennen sie das heute - im Unterschied zum "Safari-Park" des wiedervereinigten Deutschlands, in dem "manchmal jemand vorbeikommt, der ein bißchen Futter hinwirft." Aber ein bißchen Futter macht bekanntlich auch nicht satt. Die RAMMSTEIN-Musiker stammen aus Ost-Berlin und Schwerin - "das ist im Norden", erklären sie noch heute hilfsbereit, als handelte es sich um ein ganz fremdes Land. RAMMSTEIN ereignete sich mit einer ungeheuren Wucht, die in der Musik und den Texten gleichermaßen aufgehoben ist. Zugleich mit der Gründung der Gruppe brachen alle Partnerschaften der Musiker auseinander und auchdie allgemeinen Lebensumstände gaben Anlaß zum RAMMSTEIN immanenten Zorn.
As a promotional item, 50 few record stores got a Rammstein menhir. It is about 140cm high and 60cm thick at its thickest part. Front and back show two spaces for about three to five CDs each. The letters "Rammstein Herzeleid" are clearly visible on back and front. The stone is made of plastic. It was sold a few times on eBay but is one of the rarest promotional items of Rammstein. Two general variants exist; one, painted in the common browns and greys of a rock, and another appears to be pure white, with grey dots and marker pen scribbles. The grey one bares the standard dimensions (140cm high, 60cm thick), but the white variant appears to be much larger at its thickest part, too.
Over the years the album was released in many different versions all over the world. This table is trying to give an overview over all known versions and formats of the album:
|1995-09-25||Germany||Motor Music||CD||Jewel case||Standard|
|1995-09-25||Germany||Motor Music||CD||Jewel case||The words "Schulhof" and "töten" are beeped in Weißes Fleisch||Standard|
|1995-09-25||Germany||Motor Music||CD||Jewel case||The words "Schulhof" and "töten" are blacked out in the lyrics for Weißes Fleisch||Standard|
|1996-XX-XX||Germany||Motor Music||Cassette||Jewel case||Standard|
|1996-XX-XX||Germany||Motor Music||CD||Jewel case||Has a big sticker on the back to promote the concert 100 Jahre Rammstein||Standard|
|2001-XX-XX||Germany||Universal Music||CD||Jewel case||Replaces the Motor Music logo with a Universal Music logo||Standard|
|1995-09-25||France||XIII Bis||CD||Jewel case||Standard|
|1998-11-24||United States||Slash||CD||Jewel case||White|
|2015-12-04||Europe||Universal Music||Vinyl||Gatefold||As part of the XXI box set
Standalone release on 2017-12-08
|All songs remastered||Standard|
- The cover artwork caused a little controversy, when the media wrote, that the band would depict themselves as "Herrenmenschen".
- In North America an alternate cover was used.
- The booklet has French lyrics for Das alte Leid, Heirate mich and Herzeleid.
- Originally the album was supposed to be called Rammstein.
- The South Korean version of the album is missing Das alte Leid in the tracklist and the lyrics in the booklet, but the song can still be found on the CD.
- Richard revealed in an interview on Talking Metal's podcast in 2007, that the translation of "Herzeleid" is "Heartbreak", and not, as it correctly would be, "Heartache".