Rammstein is a German band formed in Berlin in 1994 that has since managed to grow to wild international popularity and acclaim. With the release of its 1995 debut album, Herzeleid, the group would come to be labelled the progenitors and originators of the so-called "Neue Deutsche Härte" style of music. German for "New German Hardness," the term refers to a kind of hard rock or metal music that combines elements of alternative, industrial and groove metal with electro-industrial or techno music and usually features guitars that have been significantly down-tuned to either D or C. The band has enjoyed explosive success as all but one of their studio albums have been certified platinum in Germany, indicating album sales there of 200,000 or more, and all have been certified at least platinum by the IFPI, indicating international sales of 1 million or more. Crucial to the band's success, especially among non-German speakers, have been elaborate, theatrical, visually stunning and controversial live shows, which have featured everything from pyrotechnics to simulated sex acts.
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Nearly all of Rammstein's songs are sung in their native German, though some songs have sections written in other languages; for instance, part of the chorus of "Moskau" is in Russian, portions of "Amerika" are sung in English, and "Te quire puta!" is sung completely in Spanish. The language barrier has not prevented vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers, bassist Oliver Riedel, drummer Christoph Schneider and keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz from attaining a massive and adoring international audience. The band originally took its name from the 1988 Ramstein air show disaster at the Ramstein Air Base near Kaiserslautern, Germany, though the extra "m" in the group's name is said to have initially been put there by mistake. For a group that has been around so long, the band members have never changed. However, starting in 2011, two years after the release of their album Liebe ist für alle da, the group would go into a cooling off period as individual members would temporarily go their separate ways to pursue their own artistic and music projects. By 2015, the members announced plans for a reunion, and in May of 2017, they resumed touring. In 2019, Rammstein released a new studio album, and the much-awaited offering proved to be runaway commercial success, swiftly being certified 2x Platinum by the IFPI.
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What are Rammstein's live shows like?
Rammstein is known for its exceptionally strong emphasis on the visual aspects of every live performance. The group's over-the-top pageantry is the stuff of legends, often crossing into the lewd and making for a unique concert experience. Rammstein is especially fond of crafting visual stage props that match or point to the subject matter of their songs. For instance, when playing the song "Engel," which is German for "angel," the band on one occasion arranged for vocalist Till Lindemann to walk on stage wearing a massive pair of angel wings with blasting flamethrowers attached to them. On another occasion, for the song "Mutter," the band would descend down onto the stage inside of a massive artificial womb and emerge wearing diapers. This was done because the song was about children created by artificial means with no true mother or father. Such onstage antics have helped their live albums sell unusually well.
What songs are included in the typical Rammstein setlist?
Rammstein concerts typically include many of the band's most popular and well-regarded songs, like "Engel," "Sonne," "Mein Teil," "Ich Will," "Sehnsucht," "Mein Herz brennt" and "Du Hast." Given the group's recent release of an album for the first time in 10 years, songs from that new album like "Deutschland," which became a No. 1 single in Germany, "Radio" and "Ausländer" also feature prominently in more recent shows.
How long do Rammstein concerts typically last?
The typical Rammstein concert features about 20 songs. With additional time allotted for the band's trademark theatricality, a typical concert usually runs for about two hours. This is true of the shows on Rammstein's ongoing 2019 tour in promotion of their latest album.
How many albums has Rammstein sold worldwide?
Rammstein has so far sold more than 45 million albums worldwide. The band's most recent untitled album, usually referred to eponymously, has hit No. 1 in more than 14 countries and has been certified multi-platinum, making it their bestselling offering to date.
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