particularly, "love" and "coronary heart" are two of the words that turn up most frequently in texts by way of Rammstein — at the least statistically, as discovered through an evaluation of individual phrase roots vocalized in the songs at the band's seven studio albums.

Singer and lyricist until Lindemann most usually makes use of phrases having to do with the concept of "Liebe" (love). 2d region inside the Rammstein lyrics ranking goes to "Herz" (coronary heart), accompanied via "Mann" (man) and "intestine" (top).


a person is slaughtered and eaten, a lady restrained in a basement via a rapist, a man pushed to dying with the aid of a mob.

Welcome to until Lindemann's little store of horrors.

Goethe and German fairy testimonies in Rammstein

not all of the horror comes from Lindemann's pen. A number of the frontman's lyrics are stimulated by way of classical German literature, exemplified by means of the maximum prominent poet in the language, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Goethe's well-known ballad Erlkönig, as an instance, translated:

Who rides so late thru the night time and the wind?

it's far the daddy together with his baby.

He holds the boy appropriately in his arms;

he holds him tight, he continues him heat.

The mood, rhythm and content material of Goethe's poem are echoed in Rammstein's "Dalai Lama":

An aircraft lies inside the evening wind

On board is a person with a infant

They take a seat safely, sit warm

And are lulled into falling asleep

In Goethe's poem, a ghostly apparition, the King of the Elves, whispers seductively to the kid and seeks to abduct him into his realm. On the stop of the ballad, the son dies in the palms of his father on horseback.

in the Rammstein track, the "King of the Winds" endeavors to claim the boy, who finally dies in his father's palms, held too tightly in anticipation of an airplane crash. 

Bertolt Brecht, Struwwelpeter and Theodor Fontane

In "Hilf mir" (help Me), the narrator performs with fire and then burns — much like the iconic Paulinchen within the old, however in Germany ever-popular book Der Struwwelpeter from the mid-19th century, in which the author Heinrich Hoffmann warned kids of dangers through telling macabre testimonies.

The duel scene in "Roter Sand" (purple Sand) remembers the only within the novel Effie Briest by Theodor Fontane, additionally from the 19th century.

The influential German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, founder of the epic theater style, additionally unearths his way into the Rammstein track "Haifisch" (Shark):

And the shark: it has tears

and that they circulate down its face.

however the shark lives in water

so you don't see the tears

the ones words in reality echo "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" in Brecht's 3-Penny Opera of 1928:

And the shark, it has enamel,

And it wears them in its face.

And Macheath, he has a knife,

however the knife can't be seen.

Are Rammstein Nazis?

The rolled "R" and the hyper-clean pronunciation are usual no longer handiest of till Lindemann's making a song however additionally of the cliched depiction of Nazis in movies worldwide. The band's brand recalls the cross of the Wehrmacht, the symbol of the militia in Nazi Germany. The performances consist of many pyrotechnics and surprising lighting: those are matters that, to Germans in recent times, uncomfortably take into account the Nazi regime.

A exceptionally modern director at the time, Riefenstahl supported the Nazi regime with propaganda movies like Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the desire) and Olympia, excerpts from which have been used by Rammstein.

In several interviews, Rammstein have confused that none of the members of the band adheres to proper-wing ideology. In a brand new video, the band once more takes a stand on the "Stripped" video.

In a 2015 interview for the magazine Cicero, till Lindemann defined: "I'm usually intended to research my texts, but I surely don't reflect onconsideration on them all that a good deal."

Rammstein and German clichés

culture pupil Melanie Schiller is satisfied that Rammstein represents cliches that dangle to Germany as visible from outdoor the u . S .: "Their depiction of masculinity is stereotypical, as are their extremely 'steeled' and 'idealized' bodies, male strength, comradery and perhaps additionally a fascination with evil and violence. The concepts of guilt, suffering, alienation and the issue of victims and perpetrators time and again turn up in the lyrics and the motion pictures."

Defusing totalitarian ideologies with irony?

"you can say that Rammstein not handiest exploit German stereotypes. They're a form of German cartoon, a grotesquely over-drawn illustration of what it means to be German," explains Schiller.

Rammstein's exaggerations are so intense that the band parades totalitarian ideologies in wellknown, she says: "in place of celebrating these ideologies, Rammstein indicates how ridiculous they're."

German records as told by way of Rammstein

The trauma of a country divided into two states and the constructing of a wall to split them can actually be heard in Rammstein, says Schiller — particularly inside the song "Mein Land" (My u . S .) from the nice-of album, Made in Germany (2011).

"This track is an express search for identity. It's approximately constantly being locked out, about an impossible identity with a rustic or a hometown, about being inwardly torn, even approximately a sort of schizophrenia," is how Schiller explains the lyrics:

wherein are you going? Wherein?

I'm going with myself from East to West.

wherein are you going? In which?

I'm going from land to land, alone.

And not anything and nobody invites me to stay.

Rammstein: open to interpretation

Schiller adds that this isn't always the best view expressed by the band: "Rammstein's music and the episodes within the movies are very open to interpretation. You could also study an idealized party of proto-German, countrywide identity into them. And that's why Rammstein are popular throughout a broad spectrum of political philosophies. How they're judged has to do with in which you return from, what you want to peer and how you interpret it. Both readings are viable."

It's known that the gunmen inside the Columbine high college bloodbath in 1999 have been Rammstein enthusiasts. In the weeks after the taking pictures, several US and British radio stations removed the band's songs from their playlists.

"in keeping with my revel in, Rammstein's excesses and irony are perceived a great deal extra immediately outdoor Germany. The ones stereotypes originate there, and therefore, that's wherein they're more without problems understood and recognized. And most importantly, from that angle, they are much less painful," says cultural pupil Melanie Schiller, admitting that visible from the outside, many nuances, references and contexts are also lost.

"Rammstein's tune is a picture of society. And the political scenario in Germany has gone through most important adjustments within the past, let's say, 5 years," says Melanie Schiller, pointing to the talk over migration and flight in Europe and the resurgence of proper-wing populism in Germany; the a long way-proper populist celebration opportunity for Germany has been represented in all 16 country legislatures on account that 2018.

Rammstein evolve

On tour, Rammstein has used inflatable boats — an photo familiar from refugees crossing the Mediterranean — in aggregate with a "Welcome" signal.

Schiller sees societal change directly meditated by means of Rammstein: "The themes of a look for reality and important questioning have grown more express. Rammstein has simply grown greater unambiguous without sacrificing their nuanced messages."