Der Meister (song)
|Song by Rammstein from the album Herzeleid|
|GEMA database ID:||3796026-001|
Polar Studios, Stockholm
|Producer(s):||Jacob Hellner, Carl-Michael Herlöfsson|
Chateau du Pape, Hamburg
|Released:||25 September 1995|
|Live debut:||2 July 1994 (first known time)|
|Last played:||30 August 1997 (last known time)|
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- The main guitar riff of the song has strong resemblance to the riff played during the verses in the earlier demo song Schwarzes Glas.
- Due to the timeframe in which the remix by Milch was created, it is to be assumed that it was made to be included on the Seemann single, given that Der Meister was featured as the second track and Seemann had got a remix on it as well.
- It was probably rejected because the word es was cut in a way that made it sound like SS too much.
|Der Meister||Herzeleid||04:09||1995||25 Sep 1995||Transition from Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?.|
|Seemann||05:10||8 Jan 1996||Album version; length due to an additional minute of silence after the song.|
|Original Single Kollektion||19 Jul 1998|
|Der Meister||XXI||04:09||1995||4 Dec 2015||2015 Remaster.|
No transition from Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?.
|Herzeleid (XXI Vinyl)||8 Dec 2017|
|Herzeleid (XXV Vinyl)||4 Dec 2020|
|Der Meister||Herzeleid (XXV CD/Digital)||04:09||1995||2020 Remaster.|
No transition from Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?.
|Der Meister||Rammstein Life||Video||27 Sep 1996||Arena Berlin, Berlin||24 Dec 1996|
|Meister (Proper Mix)||Meister Proper Mix||04:08||Milch||Begins with only Till's vocals|
Created in winter 1995/96.
When performed in 1994, the song's intro would be completely instrumental until Till would start singing the first verse. The structure of the song would also be different, with instrumental breaks lasting longer after the verses and the verses themselves having slightly different lyrics. On 3 December, the line "Um zu zerstören" of the first chorus was repeated once. The same goes for the line "Euch zerbrechen" of the second chorus as well as the line "Es kommt zu euch als das Verderben". The song also ended with Till repeating the line "Es kommt zu euch". The song's lyrics during the performance on 31 December were slightly different once again. The lines "Es kommt zu euch als das Verderben" and "Es kommt zu euch" did not get sung at all, instead, the song ended with Till repeating "Euch zerbrechen" from the last chorus.
From 1995 onwards, the song's stage antics were mostly set in stone. Paul and Richard would start off in the middle of the stage, playing the guitar intro. Till would be behind them, usually with his hands behind his back, until he would start yelling "lauft" fifteen times before doing his trademark "Till-hammer", where he hunches over and starts hitting his knee while headbanging. During the performance, Till mostly made use of hand gestures, rather than any stunts or effects. An example being him "riding" the air when saying "Reiter" as part of the first verse, which is one of the few gestures that stayed the same for every performance. At the end of the first verse, Till repeated "Neid" four times, with Richard also yelling it after him. Later, after the first chorus, Till would repeat "um zu zerstören" twice before starting to hit his knee again.
During the second verse, Till would repeat "lauft" five times, with Richard again yelling it after him, before finishing the verse. At the end of the second chorus, Till would once more repeat the last line, in this case, he would repeat "euch zerbrechen" twice after singing the verse. For the next line, Till would repeat "Es kommt zu euch" four times before singing "als das Verderben", with Richard yelling "lauft" in the background. After this line, a small instrumental break would follow where all members except for Flake and Schneider would remain stationary. At the end of the last chorus, Till would repeat "euch zerbrechen" twice after the final line, he would then end with another Till-hammer while the others finished playing.
In 1996, Till would throw his arms up in the air while yelling "lauft" at the song's start, although when exactly he started doing this, differed for every concert. He would now also scream the last "lauft". By this time, a stunt was now also associated with the song. During the instrumental break after the first chorus, Till would grab the microphone stand and smash it on the ground before snapping it in half and throwing it away.
On the first concert of the tour, on 9 April 1997, the song's performance was exactly the same as in 1996, with one small exception. Till would let the audience sing "geben" of the second verse's line "Es wird kein Erbarmen geben". This was unique to this concert.
The tour's second concert on 6 May saw another change done to the song's performance. After singing the first chorus, Till would now get a portable flamethrower from a crewmember. He would walk around the stage, shooting flames above the audience, before returning to his normal spot where another crewmember would come to take the flamethrower back. The microphone stand would still get smashed and snapped in half, although this was now done at the very end of the song, after Till sang the last chorus. Flake could now also be seen mimicking Till when he hit his knee at the song's start.
|Type||Description||First played||Last played|
|2 Jul 1994||Video||Kunsthaus Tacheles||Berlin||Germany||Filmed by two singlecams.|
|18 Aug 1996||Video||Bizarre Festival||Cologne||Germany|
|15 May 1997||Video||Tor 3||Düsseldorf||Germany|
|12 Jun 1997||Video||Hultsfred Festival||Hultsfred||Sweden|
|28 Jun 1997||Video||Wâldrock Festival||Burgum||Netherlands|
|17 Aug 1997||Video||Bizarre Festival||Cologne||Germany|
|Live demo versions|
- RammWiki conversation with Armin von Milch