|Album by Rammstein|
|Recorded:||Studio La Fabrique,|
|Released:||29 April 2022|
|Format:||CD, Cassette, Vinyl, Digital|
Dadurch, dass wir nicht live auftreten konnten, hat sich unsere Kreativität vergrößert. Wir hatten mehr Zeit uns neue Sachen auszudenken und weniger Ablenkung. Dadurch haben wir eine Platte aufgenommen, die wir so nicht geplant hatten. [...] Unsere Themen sind ja generell aus dem täglichen Erleben und aus dem Weltgeschehen und da passiert ja immer was. Unser Thema ist grundsätzlich die Beklopptheit der Menschen und die ist zu Corona Zeiten nicht viel anders als zu normalen Zeiten. Also Donald Trump war ja auch letztes Jahr sehr präsent, da konnte man auch viele Wesenszüge entnehmen und von den Leuten generell, wie sie sich verhalten haben im Lockdown. Also die Inspirationsquellen sind eigentlich immer da. Die meisten Sachen, mit denen man sich beschäftigt, finden am Ende ja sowieso im eigenen Kopf statt. Von außen kommen bloß so kleine Anstöße und da kommt auch genug durch, wenn die Straßen nur halb so voll sind.
By not being able to perform live, our creativity increased. We had more time to think of new things and less distractions. As a result, we recorded a record that we had not planned in this way. [...] Our themes are generally from daily life and world events and there is always something happening. Our topic is basically the craziness of the people and it is not much different in Corona times than in normal times. So Donald Trump was also very present last year, you could also take a lot of traits and from the people in general, how they behaved in the lockdown. So the sources of inspiration are actually always there. Most of the things you deal with take place in your own head in the end anyway. Only small impulses come from outside, and there's enough coming through when the streets are only half as full.
Another studio update followed on 31 March 2021, when Sven Helbig posted a photo on Instagram.
The next update was given also by Sven Helbig. On 7 February 2022, the German newspaper "Säschische" released an interview with him, in which he said, that the album release date would be unknown, even to the band, because of the lack of paper. On 8 March 2022, the album was announced.
On 8 March 2022, the premiere for the first video off the album, Zeit, was announced with a teaser on all social media platforms. Shortly after a story was shared with coordinates leading to Kesselhaus in Berlin, a venue where Rammstein has played back in 1994. Fans arriving on location were met with a promotional van and Universal Music employees sporting Zeit-themed merchandise, who handed out flyers.
At the premiere link on YouTube, the app showed two pre-order links for the single and the album, both accompanied by their front cover artworks. At that point both releases still had no official announcement.
On 9 March, geotargeted posts were issued on their facebook page announcing a sneak peek for fans in Paris and London, both at 19:00 local time. The location in Paris was at Quartier de l'Horloge & Beaubourg, and The Black Heart for London. While fans in London were greeted with a similar promo event like in Berlin the day before, the attendees in Paris saw nothing.
The pre-order of the album started with the premiere of the music video for Zeit. However, the physical formats were discovered several hours early through one of the Amazon referral links. The tracklist wouldn't be known until 21 March, when it was discovered that the Centralamerican dependency of Universal Music had it on their online shop, before it got removed swiftly. To reveal the tracklist officially, Rammstein launched a scavenger hunt, which lead fans to 11 different locations around the world in order to find a "Zeit Capsule". Each finder of such would automatically win 2 tickets to a show of their choice, accomodation and travel to it as well as a signed special edition of the album. On 25 March at 15:00 CET, the first 7 locations were displayed as coordinates on their homepage. By entering a code taken from the actual capsule (a slightly customized ammunition box filled with sand, a signed album sleeve of the regular edition and a laminated pass) the title bound to the location it was found at would get revealed. The remaining 4 locations were revealed on 28 March at 14:00 CET.
|Zeit Capsules scavenger hunt|
|01||25 March, 15:00 CET||-33.886180||151.213960||Sydney||Australia||25 March, 17:08 CET||Armee der Tristen|
|02||25 March, 15:00 CET||50.061444||19.953500||Kraków||Poland||25 March, 17:42 CET||Zeit|
|03||25 March, 15:00 CET||52.131940||5.281780||Soest||Netherlands||25 March, 17:33 CET||Schwarz|
|04||28 March, 14:00 CET||51.500070||-1.005590||Reading||United Kingdom||28 March, 16:20 CET||Giftig|
|05||28 March, 14:00 CET||48.880940||2.386140||Paris||France||28 March, 15:37 CET||Zick Zack|
|06||28 March, 14:00 CET||19.416180||-99.172080||Mexico City||Mexico||28 March, 21:47 CET||OK|
|07||25 March, 15:00 CET||48.216121||16.432313||Vienna||Austria||25 March, 18:25 CET||Meine Tränen|
|08||25 March, 15:00 CET||52.299121||13.728958||Königs Wusterhausen||Germany||25 March, 20:19 CET||Angst|
|09||28 March, 14:00 CET||59.337690||18.115250||Stockholm||Sweden||28 March, 14:25 CET||Dicke Titten|
|10||25 March, 15:00 CET||34.069407||-119.011169||Malibu||United States||28 March, 09:50 CET||Lügen|
|11||25 March, 15:00 CET||60.159070||24.933620||Helsinki||Finland||25 March, 17:08 CET||Adieu|
From 11 April onwards, several cinemas around the world listed an exclusive pre-listening event of the whole album in Dolby Atmos for the evening of 28 April. The screening would include the premiere of a third music video, while the other eight songs would feature specially commissioned visuals. A week ahead of the event, on 21 April, the band announced it themselves, revealing the third music video in question to be for Angst and providing a list of all participating cinemas on their homepage. A video teaser for the screenings was posted on 24 April, containing a snippet of Dicke Titten.
The CD for Zeit (Instrumentals) includes instrumental tracks of all songs. It is marked as "Not For Broadcast."
|CD / Digital|
|2022-04-29||Europe||Universal Music Group||CD||Digipak|
|2022-04-29||Japan||Universal Music Group||CD||Digipak|
|2022-04-29||Europe||Universal Music Group||CD||A5 Digipak||Special Edition||Slipcase, 56 pages booklet|
|2022-04-29||Europe||Universal Music Group||Vinyl||Gatefold|
|2022-04-29||Europe||Universal Music Group||Vinyl||Gatefold||Clear Vinyl|
|2022-04-29||Europe||Universal Music Group||Vinyl||Gatefold||Blue Marble Vinyl|
|2022-04-29||UK||Spinefarm Records||Cassette||Black tape|
|2022-04-29||UK||Spinefarm Records||Cassette||Clear tape|