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From left to right: Paul, Doom, Till, Ollie, Flake, Richard

"Du, du hast, du hast mich."note 

Rammstein is a six-man band from Germany. They make self-described "Tanz-Metall": dance metal, though their actual style has them as the codifiers of Neue Deutsche Härte, a form of industrial metal. They take their name from the Ramstein airshow disaster of 1988, adding an extra 'm' by mistake. The band consists of:

  • Richard Z. Kruspe - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Oliver 'Ollie' Riedel - bass
  • Christoph 'Doom' Schneider - drums
  • Till Lindemann - lead vocals
  • Paul Landers - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Christian 'Flake' Lorenz - keyboards

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Discography as of 2017:
  • Herzeleidnote  (1995)
  • Sehnsuchtnote  (1997)
  • Mutternote  (2001)
  • Reise, Reisenote  (2004)
  • Rosenrotnote  (2005)
  • Liebe ist für alle danote  (2009)
  • Made in Germany 1995 - 2011note  (2011)
  • TBA (Confirmed for fall 2017 or spring 2018), as Till's band for his solo project let it slip that Rammstein will be working on the next album soon and made a point of saying it usually takes them 2 years.

Videography:
  • Live aus Berlinnote  (1999) - A recording of their 1998 concert tour (also available as a live album). Features music from their first two albums. Known for their controversial performance of Bück dich.
  • Lichtspielhausnote  (2003)- A compilation of their music videos up to Feuer Frei!.
  • Völkerballnote  (2006) - A recording of their 2004-2005 tour (also available as a live album). Features music from their first five albums.
  • Videos 1995 - 2012 (2012) - Contains all of their music videos and making-of documentaries.
  • Rammstein in Amerika (2015) - Contrary to the namenote , this is actually a composite of live shows in both New York and Montreal, with some additional footage from Mexico City, filmed in 2010 as part of the LIFAD tour.
  • Paris (2017)

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  • Abusive Parents: "Laichzeit", "Tier" and "Wiener Blut".
  • And I Must Scream: The victim in "Stein um Stein" is being trapped inside the walls of a house. Lampshaded in that the last line of the song actually translates to "And no one will hear you scream."
  • Album Filler: Rosenrot as a whole. In fact, most of it is composed by leftover material of the recordings for Reise, Reise. Aside from "Mann Gegen Mann", "Rosenrot", "Benzin" and "Te Quiero Puta", no songs from Rosenrot were played in concerts.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: The band wrote "Links 2-3-4" as their counterarguement to this accusation. They've even said in interviews that they hate Nazis as well. In addition, actually paying attention to their lyrics reveal that none of their songs contain any fascist or Nazi-sympathizing lyrics, but try telling certain critics that. "Links" is German for "Left", and it's about their left-wing status, and how awesome it is to be left-wing. It's intentionally based on a German marching song, because they wanted to make the point that a song can sound militaristic without being militaristic.
  • Anti-Love Song: Many of them, but "Stein um Stein" and "Amour" come to mind.
  • Artistic License – Geography: "Amerika" includes in one refrain such American brands as Coca-Cola and Wonderbra. The latter is actually originally a Canadian product. That's some kind of irony right there.
    • However, it can be somehow justified by the fact that many Canadians themselves don't know that Wonderbra is Canadian.
    • However Canada is at least on the North American continent.
  • Audience Participation Song: "Ich Will", "Ohne Dich", "Du Hast", "Engel"...
  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: The sun shining is referenced in some way in "Rammstein," "Engel," "Küss Mich (Fellfrosch)," "Mein Herz Brennt," "Sonne," "Mutter," "Morgenstern," "Mann Gegen Mann" and "Hilf Mir." Liebe Ist Für Alle Da is the only album where this theme does not come up.
  • Ax-Crazy: Zerstören is about a spree killer.
  • Based on a True Story: Rammstein (the song), Mein Teil, Wiener Blut and Donaukinder were all based on true events.
    • Rammstein narrates the stark contrast between the beautiful day and the horror of the Ramstein air show disaster, from which they might also take their name. There are conflicting reports as to where their name comes from. It's a medieval door stopper, and it literally means "Ramming Stone", which could also be a penis joke, which would be in character for the band.
      • There are no conflicting reports. The second 'm' was added by mistake. Being at the beginning named "Rammstein-Flugschau" (Rammstein-Airshow) and being said by Word of God that the name indeed is a reference to the catastrophe, there can be no mistake.
    • Mein Teil tells the story of Armin Meiwes, from the viewpoint of his victim.
    • Wiener Blut refers to the Fritzl case.
    • Donaukinder is a song about the aftermath of the Baia Mare cyanide spill, considered the greatest ecological disaster in Europe since Chernobyl.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Moskau" has parts sung in Russian; "Amerika" and "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" have parts sung in English, while "Pussy" is in straight English apart from invoked Gratuitous German; there're also English versions of "Du Hast", "Engel" and "Amerika" among the singles; "Amour" and "Frühling in Paris" have some parts sung in French; and "Te Quiero Puta!" is sung entirely in Spanish. "Mein Teil" has the occasional moment where he'll say "Yeah this is mein teil" instead of the usual "Es ist mein teil" There is also, an astounding amount of wordplay in their songs, just in general. Till is fairly well qualified for the title of Pungeon Master. "Mein Land" is pretty much the only song whose name anyone can guess the English translation.
    • The booklet for Herzeleid has the lyrics for "Das Alte Leid", "Heirate Mich" and "Herzeleid" written in French whilst all the others are in their original German. It has been said this was to get "Heirate Mich"'s gruesome lyrics about necrophilia past the German censors, but nobody knows for sure.
    • The onomatopoeic phrase "Bang bang" from "Feuer Frei" was intentionally used because it means the same thing in English.
  • Book Ends : Herzeleid begins with "Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen?" and ends with "Rammstein", both of which feature repeated chants of "Rammstein" for their choruses.
  • Brother-Brother Incest: "Spiel Mit Mir".
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Ich Will", whose chorus translates to:
    Can you hear me? We hear you.
    Can you see me? We see you.
    Can you feel me? We feel you.
    I don't understand you.note 
  • Careful with That Axe: The end of "Stein um Stein".
  • Cloning Blues: "Mutter", sung from the perspective of a clone very unhappy about not having real parents.
  • Cover Version: They have done covers of Depeche Mode's "Stripped", The Ramones's "Pet Semetary", Kraftwerk's "Das Model" (with the title of the cover version being spelt as "Das Modell"), and Aria's "Shtil" (with the cover titled "Schtiel"). Recently, Till worked with Apocalyptica to do a German cover of David Bowie's "Heroes".
  • Cue the Sun: Sonne.
  • Cut Song: The middle six songs on the "Rosenrot" album, "Rosenrot" through to "Hilf Mir", had all been cut songs from "Reise Reise". There is one more outtake from those sessions, "Eisenmann", which has leaked online. The remaining five tracks on "Rosenrot" were new at the time.
  • Driven to Suicide: The song "Spring", where a man gets on to a bridge to enjoy the view, but a crowd forms eager to see him jump. He gets pushed off.
  • Drugs Are Bad: One possible interpretation of the song "Adios", where the narrator talks about a person injecting himself with a drug and overdosing.
  • Eagleland: "Amerika" satirizes Type 2, in a nuanced way: the lyrics describe how Americans believe that their culture and way of life are the only successful and "right" ones, and attempt to make everyone follow them.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: "Waidmann's Heil", with bonus implications of rape.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: "Der Meister", describing a classical biblical apocalypse.
  • Evil Laugh: "Eifersucht" and "Benzin".
  • Excited Song Title!: "Feuer Frei!".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Ein Lied" is German for "A Song". This is, of course, a song. A song about, you guessed again, a song...
  • Foreign People Are Sexy: Sort of parodied in "Pussy". This is why there's the Gratuitous German in a predominantly English song. The song itself is also a parody on the sex tourism trade.
  • Going Native: "Te Quiero Puta" makes sense in the knowledge that "Reise Reise" and much of "Rosenrot" were recorded in Malaga, Spain. As can be see in the "Making Of Reise Reise" documentary, the band had a very relaxing time there and spent a lot of time joking around. "Te Quiero Puta" soudns exactly like the sort of song written on holiday whilst attempting to speak the local language.
  • Hermaphrodite: The song "Zwitter" (which does indeed translate as "Hermaphrodite"). It's about how Till wishes he was one so he would never have to try to pick up women again, because he could just have sex with himself.
  • I Love the Dead: "Heirate Mich" is about marrying a corpse. The exact translation of the title is "Marry Me", or alternatively, "Be My Wife".
  • I Taste Delicious: "Mein Teil".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: "Mein Teil", which is about a famous news story of a cannibal who advertised on the internet for someone willing to be killed and eaten by him. His victim being entirely willing and cooperative in his own brutal demise did not prevent a conviction for manslaughter in the case. In the Völkerball performance of this song, Till "cooks" Flake with a flamethrower. Taken to new heights during the Made in Germany tour. When Flake laughs off the flamethrower, Till brings out an industrial size flamethrower and torches him. Till laughs joyously and continues singing only to be flabbergasted when Flake climbs out of the cauldron and runs around the stage.
  • Incest Is Relative: "Spiel Mit Mir" and "Wiener Blut".
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: "Pussy" and "Te Quiero Puta!"note .
  • Intercourse with You: Pretty much half of their songs. Special mention for including "Blitzkrieg mit dem Fleischgewehr"note  and references to putting bratwurst in someone else's sauerkraut in "Pussy". "Rein Raus" note  also deserves a mention. Some of the Double Entendres Till comes up with are impressively creative.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Fairly common, usually wound up in Intercourse with You. "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?" note  has a bridge chant of "Sex ist eine Schlacht! / Liebe ist Krieg!" ("Sex is a battle! / Love is war!"). Complete with a sound of a reloading shotgun. And in some versions, a shot right after that.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Zerstören, which is about a crazy man on a rampage. "Ich Muss Zerstören!" means "I must destroy!"
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Stein um Stein".
  • Lighter and Softer: A surprising number of their remixes are almost ambient sounding.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Der Meister" qualifies, with happy-sounding keyboards and riffs in a song about a predicted apocalypse.
  • Magic Realism: "Dalai Lama" is a modern reworking of "Der Erlkönig" by Goethe.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dalai Lama" refers to the 14th Dalai Lama's fear of flying, and the song is "Der Erlkönig" on a plane.
  • Metal Scream: Used (to an extent) in the chorus of "Wiener Blut", and at a few points in "Mann Gegen Mann". The ending of "Stein um Stein" also counts... doubly reinforced by the final word meaning "scream."
  • Misplaced Nationalism: "Amerika" is not meant to be a pro-America song. You'd think the bridge, "This is not a love song!" growled repeatedly would be a clue.
    • This portion was likely Rammstein's attempt to avoid a similar fate to that of Bruce Springsteen's antiwar song "Born in the USA". In a way it's a veiled insult to Americans' listening comprehension abilities, since the band is generally very reluctant to openly declare its sarcastic or satirical intentions.
      • Similarly, Mein Land is about how people escape their countries to move to the richer western countries for a better life, only to be greeted with hostility by nationalists rather than being welcomed, making them feel they can neither go back to their old home nor find a new home. The video goes one further by presenting the band as the all-American archetype of The Beach Boys, who make America seem like a friendly place despite the reality being much more complicated.
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Can get as high as a 10-11, with considerable gusto.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Varies wildly up and down the scale, from 1 or 2 (e.g. "Ein Lied") up to 7 or 8 (e.g "Mein Teil"), and everything in between. They usually reside at level 6, though.
  • Movie Bonus Song:
    • The songs "Halleluja" and "Mein Teil" have been featured on the soundtracks for the first two live-action Resident Evil movies, respectively. The soundtrack to Resident Evil: Extinction featured Emigrate's "My World".
    • xXx featured the song "Feuer Frei!", which resulted in Rammstein making a cameo at the beginning of xXx.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: "Heirate mich" and "Klavier".
  • Murder Ballad: "Weisses Fleisch", "Du Riechst So Gut", "Mein Teil", "Stein um Stein", and "Klavier". "Heirate Mich" is a post-mortem version, of sorts.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Nebel", "Dalai Lama", "Wiener Blut", "Rammlied".
    • "Rammlied" in particular is what they feel "Rammstein" (the song) should have been.
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Bück Dich", "Ich tu dir weh" (whose lyrics are so graphic it got Liebe ist für alle da put in the Index) and the unreleased "Feuerräder".
  • Obsession Song: "Du Riechst So Gut", among others.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: "Spieluhr". (The title translates to "Music Box", as well.)
  • One-Woman Wail: The finale to "Sonne." Notable for being a stock sample played on Flake's keyboard instead of an actual, y'know, woman.
  • Parental Incest:
    • "Wiener Blut" is supposedly based off the Josef Fritzl case.
    • "Laichzeit" mixes this with Sibling Incest and, in the third verse, Bestiality.
    • "Tier" had father/daughter rape, The Live aus Berlin features Richard's daughter Khira Li Lindemann (her mother is Till's ex-wife, who kept his name) as the child in the cage.
  • Parental Abandonment: "Mutter".
  • Polluted Wasteland: Donaukinder, which is about a chemical spill that left a swath of Romania and Hungary nearly uninhabitable.
  • Power Ballad: "Ohne Dich", "Amour", "Roter Sand", "Nebel", "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" and "Frühling in Paris", amongst other examples.
  • Precision F-Strike: From "Das Alte Leid": "Weiss ich endlich... ICH WILL FICKEN" — "I know at last, I want to fuck". Punctuated in the early live shows with a firework launched from Till's crotch for further emphasis. Especially jarring when one remembers that the man himself rarely swears in interviews and the band's catalog (while his solo album "Skills in Pills" is a Cluster F-Bomb), for all its rampant innuendo, contains little to no profanity. Even more impressive? "Das Alte Leid" is from their first album.
    • Also, from "Zwitter". Nobody can belt out "FICK DICH SAGT!"note  quite like Till Lindemann can.
  • Production Foreshadowing: The dramatic, orchestrated ballad "Seemann" was at stark contrast with the rest of Rammsstein's (predominantly sex-themed techno metal) music at the time of its recording. The song deals with a sailor (literally 'seaman') who misses his lover. After recording Sehnsucht and Mutter (two more albums of techno-metal), and leaving a similar ballad "Ohne Dich" off Mutter, the band decided to focus on this dramatic side of the band. This culminated in the album "Reise Reise" and its sister album "Rosenrot", which are both characterised by themes of lost love and orchestrations. Notably, "Reise Reise"'s title track is about a storm at sea in which the seamen must fight hard to prevent the ship sinking, and "Rosenrot"'s cover has a ship on it.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Du Hast" translates to "You Have" (in the song, the line is extended to "Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt." — "You have asked me and I haven't said anything."), but sounds just like "Du Hasst" which means "You Hate." It doesn't help that an English version was recorded under the latter title.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "RAMM! STEIN!"
  • Pyro Maniac: "Benzin" is, in many ways, a love song to flame. It's more surprising that it took them five albums to write it than that it was one of the few songs from Rosenrot ever played in concert. Some lyrics from "Benzin" were at one point the top quote on the trope page itself.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • The softer, piano-based version of "Mein Herz Brennt" released in 2012, 11 years after the original. The band later released a music book and accompanying CD of instrumental piano arrangements of their songs called 'Klavier' (Piano).
    • The track "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" was demoed in the Mutter sessions in quite a sparse arrangement (this version has leaked). They weren't satisfied with this version of the song, but felt it had potential. In the 'Reise Reise' sessions, the band changed some of the lyrics, added some poppy guitar melodies and rewrote the song to be a duet, between Till and the female singer Bobo. The band still felt the song was lacking so didn't include it on 'Reise Reise'. For their follow up album 'Rosenrot', they removed Bobo's vocals, rewrote some of the verses in English, and got Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri to sing said English vocals (Bobo's backing vocals remain in places). This version was finally released on Rosenrot as "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)" and was widely praised as one of the highlights of the album. In five years, the song had gone from being a song from the perspective of a German-speaking man dreaming of a soulmate, to a duet between a German-speaking man and English-speaking woman who are dreaming of each other without having met (or even speaking the same language). The combination of languages and the contrast between the metal and pop elements was meant to imply that love transcends all boundaries.
    • "Ohne Dich" was written and recorded in the Mutter sessions (this version is the Beta Version) and played once live at a fan club show before the band had decided on all the songs for Mutter. It is characterised by loud guitars in the chorus (a somewhat similar effect to "Seemann"). The band decided to not release this version at the time and instead recorded a more orchestral version which was included on Reise Reise. Eventually that version came out as a single and fans were treated to the original Mutter version as a B-Side.
    • The track "Tier" was written and played live in 1994 before Herzeleid came out (commonly bootlegged as 'Biest') but was largely rewritten by the time it appeared on 1998's Sehnsucht. The same is true of "Alter Mann", which also debuted in 1994 and went through several known arrangements before appearing on "Sehnsucht" in 1998.
    • Many demo tracks from the "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" sessions leaked which suggest the band had written backing tracks first and was trying out which lyrics worked best with the music. Examples include Panterra (The instrumental of "Gib Mir Deine Augen" with the lyrics from "Pussy") and Augen Zu (The instrumental of "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" with some of the lyrics from "Wiener Blut")
  • Record Producer: All of Rammstein's albums have been produced by Jacob Hellner.
  • Rule 34: "Pussy". The video premiered on a porn site. And that's just the canon example.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The strange screaming noises in "Wollt Ihr Das Bett in Flamen Sehen?" are creature death sounds from Doom.
    • "Mein Teil" ends with a bunch of freaks on a leash.
    • Marilyn Manson, a long time friend of the band and especially Richard, has a cameo role at Till's funeral in "Haifisch", the only celebrity at the funeral who is not a part of the band.
    • The cover of Sehnsucht is a reference to Manson's music video for "The Beautiful People", which had a similar head-contraption-thing. Manson returned that shout out by using a platinum version of the "Du Hast" masks on the "mOBSCENE" single cover, which also has a remix by two members of the band.
    • "Ohne Dich" contains references to a famous German poem: see below under Spiritual Successor.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Till Lindemann has a positively mellow speaking voice to contrast his furious growling in-song.
  • Soprano and Gravel: "Engel", "Nebel" (where they're performed by Christiane "Bobo" Herbold), "Moskau", to some extent "Spieluhr" (which features vocals from Khira Li, Richard's daughter), and "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)" (featuring vocals from Sharleen Spiteri of Texas, though the original German version was performed by Bobo). Also "Halleluja", the hidden track from Mutter.
  • Spiritual Successor: "Ohne Dich" is this to a song by Franz Schubert, "Wandrers Nachtlied II", which itself is a setting of the poem by the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, probably the most famous poem in German literature, in which a solitary man looks out over a peaceful forest in which "die Vögelein schweigen im Walde", "the birds in the trees are quiet", and feels that soon, he too will be at rest. In "Ohne Dich", a man looks at a forest which is "so schwarz und leer", so "black and empty", and in which "die Vögel singen nicht mehr", "the birds sing no more", because his lover has either left him or has died — but at any rate, he's "ohne dich", "without you", and not at rest at all, but in despair.
    • Although released afterwards (but recorded around the same time), "Wo Bist Du" could be seen as a prequel to "Ohne Dich" as it features a man searching the tranquil countryside for a lover who may be dead, and indicates that he's considering suicide if he doesn't find her.
    • "Tier" is one to the unreleased song "Biest" which has some similar lyrics about a pedophile.
  • Split Personality: "Führe Mich".
  • Stalker With a Crush: The narrator of "Du Riechst So Gut".
  • Stars Are Souls: "Engel" (Angel) is about this.
    Wer zu Lebzeit gut auf Erdennote 
    wird nach dem Tod ein Engel werdennote 
    den Blick gen Himmel fragst du dannnote 
    warum man sie nicht sehen kannnote 
    Erst wenn die Wolken schlafengehnnote 
    kann man uns am Himmel sehnnote 
    wir haben Angst und sind alleinnote 
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Seemann", "Ohne Dich", "Ein Lied", "Amour", "Nebel", "Frühling in Paris", "Roter Sand" and "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" (the latter two are notable for not featuring any heavy guitars)... They have a fair few songs like this.
  • Take That!:
    • "Amerika" can be seen as one towards Eagleland.
    • "Pussy" is a mockery of sexual tourism, with lines like "I can't get laid in Germany!"
    • "Mein Land" is an anti-nationalism song. Its video is a parody of The Beach Boys, whose chirpy Californian image created a stereotype of Americans that endures to this day.
  • Take That, Critics!: "Links 2-3-4" was written as a counterargument against those who accuse the band of having Nazi sympathies.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: The subject of "Mein Herz Brennt".
  • Title-Only Chorus: "Herzeleid", "Heirate Mich", "Links 2-3-4", "Mutter", "Rein Raus", "Benzin".
  • True Companions: "Haifisch" can be seen as a form of principle declaration.
  • Unusual Euphemism: A lot of them, but "steck Bratwurst in dein Sauerkraut" probably takes the cake.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Ramm 4", the new song played live in 2016, is made by just mixing their older song titles together.

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  • All Germans Are Nazis: They are frequent victims of this, for no other reason than singing Metal in German.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Schneider makes a surprisingly attractive woman, as do Ollie and Paul.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the Made in Germany tour, Flake's status as the band's Butt-Monkey is alleviated somewhat by the performance of "Bück dich", in which the entire band falls into Butt-Monkey status. Till, Paul, Flake and Ollie are led on all fours and abused by Frau Schneider towards Richard, who also gets abused as well. Then, later, Till squirts his dildo right into Schneider's face mid-performance.
  • Canada Does Not Exist: The Rammstein in Amerika DVD is billed as a recording of Rammstein's famous Madison Square Garden show in 2010; in reality, the DVD is a composite of the two North American shows from that year (Madison Square Garden in New York and the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada). Even though the DVD tip-toes around mentioning this, it becomes readily apparent when some of the crowd shots include Canadian and Quebec flags being waved, as well as shots of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team logo on the stadium entrances.
  • Eagleland: While previously mentioned as part of "Amerika", it should be mentioned that two members, Richard and Flake, firmly hold to each type, with the former living in (and writing a song about) New York City until 2011, the latter vehemently despising the country's attitude and culture.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Hard as it is to believe, Rammstein's earliest shows were absent of the Impressive Pyrotechnics that would quickly become one of the band's defining hallmarks.
    • "Herzeleid" is notable for having much more prominent 90s techno influences than their later work, with its lead single "Du Riechst So Gut" and album track "Laichzeit" frequently surprising first time listeners.
  • Easter Egg: The voice clip hidden either in the pregap of Reise, Reise for European pressings or at the start of the song for the US pressings. The clip itself is the last 38 seconds of the cockpit voice recording from the JAL123 disaster of 1985. Due to it being the deadliest single aircraft incident in history, said easter egg was removed from Japanese pressings and later US pressings.
    • The Japanese version of Mutter has Halleluja as an unlisted hidden track.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The band wanted a video to promote their first song "Rammstein", and out of sheer tenacity, decided to ask David Lynch to produce the video. They sent him a cassette of the Herzeleid album along with some promo material, not expecting him to reply. To their surprise, he not only loved the album, but asked them to allow him to use some of the songs in his movie "Lost Highway" (which they agreed to). The resultant attention from this led to the band doing the unthinkable of being a German language band with a US following. Numerous musicians raved about the band, including Korn, who invited Rammstein to appear on their Family Values tour in 1998. During this time period, Rammstein even recorded some material in English for the US market, these being their cover of Depeche Mode's "Stripped" and English versions of "Engel" (Angel) and "Du Hast" (You Hate). Rammstein's popularity grew with the Nu Metal movement, with their famously theatrical live shows attracting attention, until reaching huge proportions with the Mutter album in 2001. The appearance of the band and use of "Feuer Frei" in the well-known Vin Diesel movie "XXX" sealed the deal. Thanks to these business decisions they are one of the most successful metal bands on the planet despite many of their fans not speaking German.
  • 5 Bad Band:
  • Gag Penis: The cannon used during live performances of "Pussy."
  • Great Balls of Fire: All of their live shows and a fair few of their videos too.
  • Harsh Vocals: Till sings with highly distinctive, raspy, towering vocals. Bonus points for being his actual voice.
  • Iconic Logo: The font used for the band name on CDs and DVDs, and the Rammstein cross.
  • Industrial Metal: (Tanz Metall).
  • Impressive Pyrotechnics: The concert shows. Aided in that Till is a licensed pyrotechnician. The band claims that it's meant to hold the attention of fans who don't speak German (which is probably a majority of the fanbase). It also crosses with Pyro Maniac.
  • Long Runner Lineup: The band was founded in 1994 and there hasn't been a single lineup change since then. They've expressed their intent to take this to its Logical Extreme.
  • Macho Masochism
  • Made of Explodium: It's not uncommon for things like Mic stands to either burst into an explosion when slammed into the ground... or burst into flames (while still being sung into) for no real reason.
  • Moral Guardians: A frequent target. They've been blamed for Columbine, and "Ich tu dir weh" was indexed in their home country. The reason behind it was "abuse promotion". There's also a picture of Richard spanking a nude woman in the album art for Liebe ist für alle da which got the same treatment for being "degrading to women".
  • Myspeld Rökband: Although not on purpose. The band took their name from the Ramstein airshow disaster in 1988 but according to Paul made a mistake when spelling it. They thought the town's name was spelled with two m's instead of one. Though they considered other names the misspelling stuck.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: When your band has a licensed pyrotechnician, you can't go wrong. Till has gotten burnt a few times though.
  • Pyro Maniac: The concerts and the songs. About the former, they routinely fire a flamethrower just above the mosh pit. About the latter, there are about as many songs about fire as there are about sex.
  • Rated M for Manly: And nothing epitomized it more than the original ''Herzeleid'' cover. Of course, that also started the Nazi accusations. Go figure.
  • Real Person Slash: Don't even act surprised.
  • Regional Bonus: Japan got "Hallelujah" as a bonus track on Mutter, and the US got it as a bonus on the Best Buy edition of it. However, fans elsewhere had to either import those copies or find the rare Ich Will single. A demo version of the song was released on the Resident Evil soundtrack.
    • In Japan, Reise Reise's cover and pre-gap hidden track were seen as distasteful due to being to do with a Japanese plane crash, so the hidden track was removed and a new cover was devised featuring a ship. This was later used as the cover for Rosenrot. Remixes of Mein Teil, Amerika and a bonus DVD featuring clips from the band's DVD Lichtspielhaus were also included.
    • The US got a new cover for Herzeleid with white background, whilst the original cover remains in place everywhere else. It was likely the cover was changed for revealing too much of the band's upper bodies, rather than the nazi controversy alluded.
    • The US also had a minor bonus with Reise Reise, as the flight recorder hidden track was actually included at the start of the track Reise Reise rather than being hidden in the pregap. As pre-gap tracks are hard to rip on computers, this has made it popular with collectors.
    • Australia got "Stripped" as a bonus track on Sehnsucht and when the band toured in 2001, got their Asche Zu Asche single with five live tracks as a bonus tour disc too. This version of the album is quite collectable.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: The guitars actually (usually) stay intact, but Flake's keyboard and Till's mic stand are often not so fortunate.
  • Shirtless Scene: When it comes to live shows, it's not a matter of whether this trope will happen or not, it's who specifically will invoke this trope. Take Völkerball, Ollie and Paul both end up shirtless by the end of the show. And, as mentioned above, the original "Herzeleid" cover.
  • Shout-Out: The cover art for "Mein Land" is based on the cover art for The Beach Boys album Surfer Girl.
  • Transvestite: This photoshoot. Also, Frau Schneider makes a reappearance in the Made in Germany tour.
  • True Companions: The band has repeatedly stated that if any of its members were to leave, the entire band would quit. They have had the same lineup since they first began in 1994.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Ollie is more or less guaranteed to finish any performance shirtless, and will occasionally start that way. Till and Richard generally also fell into this trope in the band's early days.
  • Whip It Good: During the Made in Germany performances of "Bück dich", Schneider (in full "Frau Schneider" mode) whips the other band members around with a riding crop.

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