Rammstein is a controversial heavy metal/industrial band from Germany. Their music is loud and aggressive. The band’s image is straight out of a BDSM horror flick. They’ve been linked to more than one mass shooting including the Columbine Massacre of 1999 and are often accused of being fascist. They’ve also been arrested for indecency after having too much fun with a phallic prop during a show in Worchester.
Adding to their terrifying image is their German-ness. No offense to The Motherland, but a song as innocuous as “Mary Had A Little Lamb” sounds like a fascist anthem when sung in German. Since most of Rammstein’s songs are sung in their native tongue it’s easy to understand why the band, especially to English-centric Americans, has received so much criticism.
Many people have looked into Rammstein’s political leanings and what they found is the band’s music and lyrics are apolitical (the band says they actually lean left). Furthermore, the band has publically stated that it has a sense of humor and they like to have fun. While they say they’re not “Spinal Tap” they do like to use humor in their act. They enjoy pushing the envelope.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned controversy detracts from what really makes Rammstein special and that’s their live shows. Even if you’ve never heard of the East German band when they come to your town you’ve got to get Rammstein tickets. Not only does the group put on one heck of an energetic live show, but they use more pyrotechnics in one concert then KISS uses in an entire tour.
Rammstein is comprised of lead singer Till Lindemann, guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, guitarist Paul H. Landers, bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz, and drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider. The band formed in the early 1990s and has never altered their lineup. As of 2014, Rammstein has released six studio albums.
Although they denied it during their early years, the band is named after the Ramstein air show disaster of 1988 in which 70 people died. The band added the extra “m” to make their name mean “ramming stone” in English.