Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band from Berlin, formed in 1994. The band consists of members Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (lead guitar and backing vocals), Paul H. Landers (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Oliver "Ollie" Riedel (bass guitar), Christoph "Doom" Schneider (drums and electronic percussion) and Christian "Flake" Lorenz (keyboards). Since their formation in 1994, Rammstein has had no changes in their band line-up nor have any members left the band. They are widely accepted as part of the Neue Deutsche Härte scene (alongside others such as Oomph!, Eisbrecher, and Die Krupps) and they are the genre's most successful band, achieving worldwide fame. Their songs are usually in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages such as English, Spanish, French and Russian
Rammstein debuted with the single “Du riechst so gut,” released in August 1995 in a scented digipack format. A month later, the band issued their first studio album, “Herzeleid,” which peaked at #6 on the German Media Control Charts and remained there for 102 weeks. Before the release of its second studio album, Rammstein issued the single “Engel” in April 1997. It reached the Top 3 on the German Singles chart and was certified gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI).
Rammstein's second album, “Sehnsucht,” was released in August 1997 and it topped both the German and the Austrian charts, and eventually was certified platinum. In August 1999, the band released their first live album, “Live aus Berlin.” It was recorded over two nights at the Wuhlheide Venue, and also issued as a DVD.
Released in April 2001, “Mutter” was Rammstein's third studio album. It topped the German and Swiss charts and was certified double platinum in both countries. In 2003, the group released the DVD “Lichtspielhaus,” containing live performances, music videos, and interviews.
In July 2004, Rammstein released the single “Mein Teil,” a song inspired by a German cannibal, Armin Meiwes, which peaked at #2 on both the German and the Finnish charts. Later that year, the band released their fourth studio album, “Reise, Reise,”which topped the Austrian, Finnish, German and Swiss charts, and was certified platinum.
Released worldwide in October 2005, “Rosenrot” peaked at #1 in Germany, Austria, and Finland, and was certified gold in Austria and Finland and platinum in Germany. The album spawned the singles “Rosenrot,” the homosexuality-themed “Mann gegen Mann” and “Benzin.” “Benzin” reached the top of the Danish Tracklisten.
In November 2006, the band issued the “Völkerball” album and DVD set, featuring live footage filmed in the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Russia, as well as a documentary. It peaked at #1 on the German and Finnish charts, and was certificated double platinum by BVMI. A compilation album, “Made in Germany 1995-2011” was issued in late 2011.