After 10 long years Rammstein have finally offered up a new song, “Deutschland” and its stunning, cinematic music video, directed by Specter Berlin. The main teaser clip for the video has already received criticism from government officials and Jewish leaders in the group’s homeland, who have called it “irresponsible” and “tasteless” due to its depiction of band members wearing concentration camp prisoner uniforms, about to be hung at the gallows. Rammstein have yet to respond to the backlash.
“Deutschland” is the lead single off the group’s forthcoming RAMMSTEIN, which is due May 17th. The record is the follow-up to 2009’s Liebe Ist Für Alle Da and was mixed in L.A. with Rich Costey (Deftones, Mastodon, Muse) and, according to guitarist Richard Kruspe, the sessions for the album were much more amiable than in the past for the band.
Rammstein originally set out to make a more “live” sounding record, according to Kruspe. “We took a lot of time actually to arrange the songs and we experimented with a lot of harmony structures in the songs, which we haven’t done in the past because before it was all just to capture Till‘s voice,” the guitarist explained. “This time, I had the possibility to bring some melodies and some vocal lines in there. It just was a different process this time so it sounds to me not like any other Rammstein record.”