History of the "Untitled Album" by Rammstein
Rammstein, also known as Nameless, is the seventh studio album by Rammstein, released in May 2019. Back in March of the same year, that is, before the release of the record, the single "Deutschland" was released. The album received universal critical acclaim, reaching number one on sales charts worldwide. It became the band's first work in the last 10 years! As many reviewers noted, Till Lindemann and his team took the best parts of the last few decades as a basis and skillfully combined them into one new recording, adding a couple of unexpected surprises ...
The new Rammstein album became known at the beginning of 2019, when Richard Kruspe, the band's guitarist, told reporters that 5 music videos would be filmed for the new work!
“At first I did not believe that we would release another album! The last experience of working at the studio turned out to be painful for all of us ... Then we almost broke up ... But this time it was different: we learned to respect and trust each other! Unexpectedly for myself, I realized that everything fell into place, as at the very beginning of our journey ... "
So, at the end of March, the first single, called "Deutschland", saw the light. The video for the track, which is almost 10 minutes long, was posted on YouTube. On the same day it became known when the album itself will be released. However, what the work will be called remains a mystery to everyone ... As for the video for the song "Deutschland", it scored 19 million in just 4 days! In April, the track was released on vinyl… Shortly after that, the album's tracklist and future cover were made public. This was followed by teasers for the tracks "Radio" and "Ausländer".
Tracks from the album: complete playlist
In this album, you can find quite familiar patterns of thought that define Lindemann's provocative lyrics. So, the track “Sex” is all about soft rhythms (who would have thought that Rammstein could do that), with lyrics about fists ... Meanwhile, the song “Puppe” (“Puppet”) has a plot that any film director would envy: “ If my sister needs to work, she locks me in the room” – this phrase starts the musical blockbuster… And the track “Hallomann”? This is essentially the internal monologue of the child abductor: “Hi, girl. How are you? Don’t talk, just get in the car”… But even without translation, the drive that Till Lindemann splashes out is enough, growling into the microphone to a loud drum roll… Goosebumps are guaranteed! Fortunately, few people listen to Rammstein because of the lyrics...
"Was ich liebe"
The tour in support of the album started at the end of May in Gelsenkirchen. Rammstein performed all tracks from the album, except for the songs "Hallomann" and "Weit Weg". As for the track "Sex", it was performed at the first 3 concerts, after which it was safely deleted from the set list ... In addition, the group performed the song "Heirate Mich" - for the first time in 18 years! North American shows have been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak...
Cover photo session…
Released on Universal Records, Rammstein's self-titled album was released in May 2017. It became the band's first studio work in the last 10 years! And so, celebrating the anniversary of their latest work, Rammstein posted a mini-video on YouTube documenting a multi-day photo shoot that took place in January 2019. In January 2019, Rammstein participated in a four-day photo shoot with Danish photographer Jes Larson to create the cover art and images for the album, and fans can now see how the various shots and scenes were created.
Stylist Vibe Dabelstein says: “It was hard, but the guys helped me, so in the end it worked out for us. It doesn't look like a specific time period of the band, but there are elements from different time periods... And it's great! I think my favorite is keyboardist Flake. He's the kind of guy that can't be classified... He was definitely someone I thought, "How am I going to do this?" Fortunately, he liked everything. It was a kind of apocalyptic style…”
The short documentary covers everything during filming including concept, set design, costume design and editing, as well as many footage of the group posing for the camera. It also features interviews with crew members including Larson, stylist Vibe Dabelstein and retoucher Marty Bo Christensen. You can also watch the scene creators set, color and decorate photo backdrops. The documentary can be viewed below:
Among other things, you can see how much effort Rammstein puts in here just for the sake of photos ... During the filming, several technical aspects had to be taken into account too, so that the band's logos could find their place. In some cases, around 200 individual photos were even combined into one image...
Truth be told, after 10 years of silence, Rammstein could release anything and it would sell, or at least make enough noise to keep them in the spotlight. But the "Untitled Album" speaks not only for their honesty, but also for their craftsmanship: from the stunningly simple cover to the photo shoot and videos... It may seem strange to praise such a vibrant band, but Rammstein value quality over quantity. When they deliver new music to their fans, they still deliver the best! And it's much better to wait for quality than to be content with a constant stream of weak sound...