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Next video: Ich tu dir weh

December 13, 2009

A few clips promoting the next video from Rammstein's new album have surfaced. Interestingly, they are for "Ich tu dir weh", which is part of the reason the original version of the album can no longer be sold to minors in Germany. I don't know whether this will actually be released in Germany (in which case, I assume minors wouldn't be able to buy any version of the single), or just elsewhere, but we'll see soon enough.

Thanks to: The Gauntlet.

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The German government is officially dumb

November 6, 2009

Hahah. The new album Liebe ist für alle da is a danger to children. The song "Ich tu dir weh" and the image of Richard with a woman over his knee are now on what is known as "the index" in Germany. That means that the album itself is on the index and can no longer be purchased by minors in Germany. It has been decided that the lyrics of "Ich tu dir weh" contain depictions of S&M practices that are harmful to minors and it was even ascertained that "Pussy" encourages unprotected sexual intercourse without regard for AIDS. Ain't them politikers smart?

Update (November 10): After tonight, the original version of the album will only be available on request in specific stores in Germany. I assume this means that a version without the offending artwork and song is forthcoming.

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New album released

October 16, 2009

Rammstein's sixth studio album, Liebe ist für alle da, has been released. If you don't have it yet, you can order it online from Amazon.com or Amazon.de. Translations are in progress, so stay tuned.

Pussy single and the new album

September 9, 2009

The official site has now confirmed that the first single of the new album will indeed be Pussy. It will be be available as a two-track digipak with the song "Rammlied" as the B-side.

Liebe ist für alle da 

The single itself will be out in October, but those in the UK (or those who are willing to order online), can pick up the vinyl edition on September 21: the 7-inch with "Pussy" in a picture sleeve on limited edition Viagra blue etched vinyl or the 12-inch with "Pussy and "Rammlied" in a clear bag with sticker, also limited edition. They can only be obtained from the What Records website.

And, as was to be expected due to the Facebook and Twitter campaign, the new album will itself be called Liebe ist für alle da. It will be released on October 16, 2009.

Thanks to: Dante.

More song titles

August 17, 2009

Terrorizer.com has posted a run down of eight of the new tracks. Some of the new information: "Waidmann" is perhaps actually called "Waidmanns Heil" (literally "Huntsman's Salutation", used as a greeting among hunters), "Wiener Blut" seems to be about the Fritzl case from last year (perfect Rammstein song material), and another track title is mentioned: "B******". What does that stand for? Have a listen to the Metal Hammer podcast that was posted earlier today.

The Dutch rock magazine Aardschok has published a new interview with Richard. In it, he is asked if there is any song on the new album that he doesn't like, to which he replies that "Frühling in Paris" (Spring in Paris) isn't really his taste.

With that, I think we have all the song titles but one. Or maybe we know that one already too?

Thanks to: thegauntlet, Ein Kleiner Mensch.

First video from new album: "Pussy"?

August 17, 2009

The website of Sebastian Soukup Film Architecture – Production Design has updated their filmography with an interesting entry:
RAMMSTEIN «PUSSY» JONAS ÅKERLUND 2009, RSA LONDON / MARKENFILM BERLIN

Whether this means that this will be the first single remains to be seen, but it seems that a video is definitely on its way. As can be seen on that page, Sebastian Soukup worked on Mann gegen Mann as well. The newly restructured official site has already mentioned that a video has been shot. Perhaps this is it?

Richard was interviewed in the latest Metal Hammer podcast, where he mentions "Pussy" (and other topics). Richard's bit starts about 33 minutes in.

Thanks to: Oxix, Kruspe_Josh.

Lifad.org online

August 13, 2009

Liebe ist für alle da 

Rammstein is apparently trying to start a viral advertising campaign for "Liebe ist für alle da" and has now switched on Lifad.org. The site definitely belongs to the management. There isn't much there yet — they just ask you to "fallow us at" Facebook and Twitter (looks like spell check let someone down) — but I have a feeling that there is more to come.

US record deal

August 13, 2009

Rammstein have apparently signed to Vagrant Records in the US for their new album, according to several sites. The majority of the recording was done at Sonoma Mountain Studio in California and preproduction was done in Castle Beesenstedt. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hellner in Stockholm.

New song titles

August 13, 2009

The latest issue of Sonic Seducer is running an article on Rammstein that contains some song titles from the upcoming album:

  • Rammlied (Ramm-song)
  • Pussy
  • Wiener Blut (Viennese blood)
  • Haifisch (Shark)
  • Ich tu' dir weh (I hurt you)
  • Waidmann (Huntsman)
  • Mehr (More)

Add those to the one we already know (Liebe ist für alle da) and that brings us up to 8 tracks. Only three to go if history repeats itself.

Flake's Stasi files and classic cars

July 28, 2009

The Ministry for State Security, or the Stasi, was the official secret police of East Germany. It was widely regarded as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world. They kept files on many people who they considered to be problems, and Rammstein's Flake was among them. Before Rammstein, Flake was of course active in other bands, the most well known being Feeling B. The Stasi was investigating him for his "anti-socialist lifestyle" and for "interfering with the activities of state agencies". The Stasi asked people he worked with about him and managed to confuse the bands he was involved in with others. The file was full of incorrect information. His files were discovered on the set of a movie that is being filmed. Apparently the makers had requested some prop documents and somehow ended up receiving the real deal!

In other news, Flake is now renting out classic cars in Berlin with Classicdepot. You can find a picture of him on the site if you look carefully enough. By the way, don't be alarmed by the fact that they seem to be renting out "oldtimers" — they aren't renting out old people. That's what Germans call classic cars!

Rammstein in Guitar Hero 5

July 28, 2009

According to Rolling Stone, Rammstein fans will finally have a chance to play a song by their favorite band in the next game in the Guitar Hero series. Coming September 1, Guitar Hero 5 will be available on the PS3, PS2, Xbox 360 and the Wii and will feature "Du Hast" from Rammstein's second album Sehnsucht.

What's going on?

July 28, 2009

Well, I hope you enjoyed the blast from the past. For the last two weeks, the site reverted to August 1999 — the last version of the site I had saved from before it went online with a new design as Herzeleid.com in the following November. Frames, animated GIFs, embarrassing teen angst and all. (And yes, you read that right. This site has been around for over a decade.)

But why do that? About three weeks ago, new promotional pictures and a song ("Liebe ist für alle da") from the new album showed up in my forums (and elsewhere on the Internet). The files were never on my site. The users passed them around via e-mail or instant messaging services. My moderators did their best to delete any links to the files, but they can't control what people do outside of the forums.

Shortly thereafter, I was contacted by Pilgrim Management and later by Universal Music. At first they just wanted my help in tracking the leak, but then the asked me to shut down my site and forum to help them minimize the damage. Because of a very poorly worded sentence in an e-mail that I received from the management, I was led to believe that I had no choice in the matter unless I wanted to deal with lawyers. So, I shut up and put up the old site instead. I figured that was the farthest away from the leak that I could get (and it was good for a few laughs too). I have since then received a call from the management. They have apologized and assured me that it was a misunderstanding caused by the immense pressure of the situation.

I want to make this clear: I was not sued and no legal action has been brought against me, contrary to what many (mostly German) news outlets have reported. As far as I know, the only legal action brought against any fan site was a cease-and-desist letter that Rammstein-Austria.com received from Universal Music. The newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine published an article about the leak and later removed it after receiving a similar letter.

To be honest though, I really don't know what anyone hoped to achieve. No matter how or why something is leaked, as regrettable as it might be, once it is on the Internet, it stays there. The only thing you get by reacting hastily in a situation like this is bad publicity.

In any case, the site is back. The forums will remain partially offline for a little while longer, but they will return.

Forums down

May 28, 2009

Apologies for the downtime! Apparently you guys are overloading things again. You really should cut that out. The forums will return soon(ish).

Update (June 9): They are back online!

Rammstein touring this year

May 18, 2009

The official site has published tour dates for 2009! They will be playing in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark, and of course Germany. Interestingly, tickets for German shows will be available on Rammsteinshop.de (and presumably on rammsteinshop.com) only.

First part of recordings finished, end phase begun

February 19, 2009

Not much news at the moment aside from what the official site posts, I'm afraid. Hopefully that will change in the coming months as the album gets closer to being finished!

In any case, Rammstein has finished the first part of their recordings for the new album. Mixing is set to begin around the middle of March and will take from six to eight weeks. Apparently the band has consulted orchestra arranger Sven Helbig for the new album as they are considering using strings and choirs (surprise!).

Thanks to: Rammstein.com.

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