Rammstein is a German heavy metal band. (In Germany, they are commonly classified as Tanz-Metall, lit. "Dance Metal"). Their songs are performed almost exclusively in German. Formed in 1994, they have sold over 12 million records worldwide. Rammstein's entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group.
Although the majority of their songs are written in German, Rammstein has had massive success across the world, spanding to every nation. It has been confirmed that the band is reunited from their vacation and has begun writing their sixth studio album, which will be released sometime in 2008.
Rammstein has a very diverse style that ranges from soft and sentimental like in their songs "Seemann" ("Sailor") and "Ohne Dich" ("Without You"), to loud and violent like "Du Hast" (lit. "You Have," although it sounds the same as "You Hate" in German) and "Mein Teil" (lit. "My Part", but in German slang, "My Dick"). Their most popular song by far is "Du Hast".
Rammstein performing "Du Hast" at "Live Aus Berlin" ("Live From Berlin").
Richard Z. Kruspe-Bernstein, Oliver Riedel, and Christoph Schneider originally founded Rammstein after an attempt by Kruspe to compose American-influenced music with a West Berlin band called Orgasm Death Gimmicks. As Kruspe put it, "I realized it's really important to make music and make it fit with your language, which I didn't do in the past. I came back [to Germany] and said, 'It's time to make music that's really authentic'. I was starting a project called Rammstein to really try to make German music". He invited Till Lindemann, a former competitive swimmer and drummer for the garage-rock band First Arsch, to join the project as a vocalist. The four entered a contest for new bands and won, attracting the interest of Paul H. Landers, who knew them all and decided to join the band. Christian "Flake" Lorenz was the last member to join; he had played with Landers before in the punk-rock band Feeling B and was initially reluctant to come on board, but was eventually persuaded to join. Their first album was released a year later.