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The A-Z of Rammstein
Your definitive alphabetical guide to all things Rammstein!
S IS FOR... SEHNSUCHT The cover art for the band's second album was created by Vienna artist Gottfried Helnwein, who was responsible for the Scorpions' 1982 cover art for Blackout. In a possible nod to this classic sleeve, individual portraits show the band to be wearing kitchen utensils as partial masks. Although being Rammstein, it probably represents something different entirely.
Rammstein - Sehnsucht, Album Cover
1997

Your definitive alphabetical guide to all things Rammstein!


Everyone loves Rammstein, don’t they? Why? Because Germany’s world-class purveyors of industrial stomp metal have never, ever compromised their sound or vision for the past two decades and they consistently put on one of the greatest live shows you’ll ever see.

So, in celebration of the Teutonic titans, here’s 26 things every Rammstein fan should know…



A IS FOR… ADIOS


The connoisseur’s choice. One of the closing cuts from Rammstein’s ground-breaking 2001 opus, Mutter, the track ebbs and flows until the 2:08 mark, where Paul H. Landers and Richard Z. Kruspe deliver the best guitar interplay in industrial metal. No, scrap that – in the entire history of music. Steve Vai might be able to play all the scales known to man with his pinkie, but it takes a band like Rammstein to deliver a song like this. Now, we just need to convince them to start playing it live again…


B IS FOR… B-SIDES


Everyone knows Du Hast and Ich Will, but some of Rammstein’s mightiest material comes from the lesser-known nooks und krannies. Kokain, the b-side to Das Modell (more on that song later), contains one of Till Lindemann’s greatest, subtlest vocal nuances; 5/4 heads into more traditional, straight-up industrial territory with a creepy Speak & Spell passage towards its climax; the spooky organ and anti-religious themes peppered through Halleluja prove that this band is more than just White Zombie riffs and lyrics about shagging. Search out Rammstein’s bonus tracks because they’re just as brilliant as the albums and singles.


C IS FOR... CANNIBALISM


Mein Teil was the first single to be released from their fourth album Reise, Reise. The song – slang for 'my dick' – is about the German cannibal Armin Meiwes, who, with permission, cut off Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes' penis and ate it together, before killing him. Meiwes is in prison forever now. The song went to Number 2 in the German charts and was remixed by Pet Shop Boys.

S IS FOR... SEHNSUCHT


The cover art for the band's second album was created by Vienna artist Gottfried Helnwein, who was responsible for the Scorpions' 1982 cover art for Blackout. In a possible nod to this classic sleeve, individual portraits show the band to be wearing kitchen utensils as partial masks. Although being Rammstein, it probably represents something different entirely.


Till Lindemann, Rammstein
photograph, 1997




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