This holyday season, RAMMSTEIN's numerous European fans can treat themselves, or their loved ones, to a more-or-less-controversial/explicit video collection of RAMMSTEIN videos spanning from the band's very beginnings to their latest single, ‘Mein Herz Brennt’. The 445-minute collection contains 25 videos and 24 “making of” videos, digi pac and 56-page booklet. Order the beast via the band's official store here or, once again, make use of Amazon. ‘Videos 1995 - 2012’ will become available to RAMMSTEIN's North American fans on January 15th, 2013, with release dates set for January 21st, 2012 in Mexico, January 25th, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand, and January 30th, 2012 in Japan. Both videos released for the single ‘Mein Herz Bennt’, directed by Zoran Bihać, are available below.
Tanz metal group RAMMSTEIN was founded in 1989 by presumably an-extensive-collection-of-DEPECHE MODE-and-LAIBACH-works-owner guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe. With former basket-weaver, as well as actor, poet and musician, vocalist Till Lindermann, bassist Oliver Riedel and former pioneering Socialist orchestra trumpeter drummer Christoph Schneider, he entered an amateur bands contest they won in 1994 which enabled them to professionally record a four-track demo and to, consequently, convince guitarist Paul H. Landers and keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz to join the band. RAMMSTEIN's debut LP, recorded with producer Jacob Hellner, was released on Motor Records in 1995. ‘Herzeleid’ peaked at position number 6 on the German Albums Chart. 1997's ‘Sehnsucht’ conquered German and Austrian Albums Charts, entered Swiss Albums Chart at number 3 and debuted on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart at number 45. A year latter, RAMMSTEIN performed in Berlin in front of 17,000 fans, with DANZIG and Nina Hagen as supporting acts. After being nominated by MTV Europe for “Best Rock Act” and for “Best Metal Performance” by NARAS, RAMMSTEIN issued a live recording, ‘Live Aus Berlin’, in 1999, which, naturally, shot straight to first place on the German Albums Chart. Their third album, 2001's ‘Mutter’, reached top chart position in the band's home country as well as in Austria and Switzerland:
“With the first RAMMSTEIN album you hear, it’s hard not to be slightly amazed by the sheer chutzpah of it all. The German lyrics, the prog rock tendencies, the classic metal guitars, and the ridiculous basso profundo vocals - you either fall for it, spurn it, or are utterly bemused by the extremeness of it all,” [observed Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic – more here]
‘Reise, Reise’ came next in 2004, adding additional top chart positions to RAMMSTEIN's many accomplishments. ‘Reise, Reise’, conceptually based on one of the deadliest aircraft disasters in history (Japan Airlines Flight 123), topped the charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as in Finland, Estonia, Island and Mexico. The group's die-hard fans continued to defy music critics' opinions, again pushing RAMMSTEIN's fifth album, 2005's ‘Rosenrot’, to top chart positions in Germany, Austria and Finland. Their second live album/DVD, 2006's ‘Völkerball’, was certified Gold three times (album) and twice Platinum (DVD) in Germany. It conquered German, Finnish, Mexican and Russian charts. Besides, RAMMSTEIN's most successful album to date was yet to be recorded; ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’ (“love is for everyone”), again produced by the band in cooperation with Jacob Hellner, was issued in 2009. Despite it being censored in Germany, the album was certified Platinum twice in their homeland, once in Austria, Switzerland and Finland (reportedly from pre-release sales), and Gold in Denmark, France and Poland. ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’, described by David Jeffries, AllMusic as “mean monster” and “a grand achievement” (more here) entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 13, thusly becoming RAMMSTEIN's highest-charting album in the United States. The group's “greatest hits” album, their third issued through Universal Music, ‘Made In Germany 1995 – 2011’, followed in 2011.
RAMMSTEIN features: Christoph “Doom” Schneider – drums, Richard Z. Kruspe – guitar, Paul Landers – guitar, Till Lindemann – vocals, Oliver Riedel – bass and Christian “Flake” Lorenz - keyboards