Based on latest discussions on this forum, and studiing copyright laws, it is necessary to state out new forum mandatory rules, effective immediately, so, here we are.

LINKS TO MUSIC & VIDEOS: what is legal/what is not.
NEW RULES in the forum state:

From now on in our forum users shal NOT POST TOPICS THAT containin the following :
• Requests for or links to MP3s, music videos, or other files of questionable legality
• Bootlegs

So, please do not POST A LINK TO music or videos which does not directly originate from an officially legal site.

An OFFICIALLY LEGAL SITE is: or, universal music, a legitimate music site like MTV or VIVA. The links must be direct and linked only to the approved site. Any links which have copied and transferred the music or videos from an official legal site to ANYWHERE else are NOT OFFICIAL.

• Do not ASK FOR A LINK to music or videos. If there is a legal site for either listening or viewing, xTERNAL will provide the information in the NEWS section of

WHAT YOU CAN DO in the forums: You can DISCUSS a new song or a new video.

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO in the forums: provide illegal links or ask for links, give directions of any kind as to where something might be found (examples: file-sharing, other fansites, etc.). Screen caps will be allowed (within reason) AFTER a video has been made available through an OFFICIAL LEGAL LINK. Fan remixes of songs will be allowed (within reason) after the song has been officially released.

The above restrictions are necessary not because we are being “damn babies” or “. The reason is simply that RAMMSTEIN-EUROPE has made the decision to not be a facilitator of illegal activities involving copyrighted material. The reason for that is also clear. Rammstein’s Management has shown aggressive behaviour in combating copyright infringement.

Anyone who violates the spirit of the aforementioned expansion/explanation of what the RULES mean here as applied to music and videos (and this also includes the "making of videos") will meet up with one of the following consequences:


If you have ANY questions about what may or may not be acceptable here, you can always PM a Moderator and ask first before posting something that might get you in trouble here.

•any links to (or other sharing sites of a similar nature)are generally not allowed.
While some videos like fan made items or spoof animations are allowed, we do not allow linking to youtube. Oftentimes there is/are illegal videos of Rammstein performances to the side of the linked videos. Actual Rammstein Videos which are very illegal to be hosted by that site - therefore we cannot allow links to youtube to be allowed.

So, links to youtube are now allowed - ONLY IF it is a fanmade video by you, and does not contain bootleg footage or footage of live performances or released performances. Stills from photos found on the net are OK. A montage is OK. Clips of released footage are NOT OK.

Please try to understand that sometimes while we may allow a certain individuals fanmade videos, and deny another persons it is usually because the content in it could get the forums in trouble.

Also if some individuals post their fanmade video and it turns out to be bootleg footage that they filmed themselves at a concert and consider that "fanmade" - then we will have to reverse the ruling on allowing fanmade videos PERIOD!

Here is an update on what is considered "fanmade".
Fanmade is fanmade. You did it yourself. Like cut and paste. You creatd everything yourself. No footage filmed by someone else no clips. Still images are OK.
For example:
If you go out and find 6 banana slugs in the yard, dress them up in LAB outfits, and put the skinniest one in a paper boat and play the music to SEEMANN on a kazoo. That is fanmade.

If you have a coverband and you do your own video or you have footage of YOUR band's performance. That is fanmade.

If you have images that you sketched of how you think the video for a song should have been and you put it to music - I think we can allow that.

Use your creativity.


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  • #61
    Another artist who recalls getting resistance initially to covering Depeche Mode is Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe. He discovered the synth-pop group while growing in the former East Germany where it was difficult to find records by his favorite bands; nevertheless he became a fan after seeing them perform "People Are People" on TV and, in 1998, he convinced his industrial-metal group to take on Black Celebration's "Stripped." "I even paid them money to do it," he jokes.

    But even once the rest of Rammstein were on board, he had to make a concession with the way the song was recorded. "I remember going into the studio and Till [Lindemann, vocals] was trying to sing 'Stripped down to the bone' and for hours he couldn't get rid of this thick, German accent," Kruspe says. "So we eliminated the 'down to the bone part.'"

    For his part, Lindemann says he has come around to Depeche Mode, save one thing. "They don't have guitars and when you play metal, you want to hear a guitar, so it demands a cover version," he says. "But Depeche Mode are the best band without guitars where it's still working."


    • #62
      During the writing proces of Reise, Reise, Till had a serious break up with his girlfriend. Three days later he entered the studio with the lyrics of Wo Bist Du?

      The song Benzin is the result of an ongoing demand of Paul Landers. For years he had the title "Benzin" in his head and he kept on irritating Till with it by saying: "Why don't you write a song about gasoline? Eventually Till wrote one.

      Paul doesn't really care for awards. He feels honoured for them, but the little statue they get doesn't interest him too much. In an interview with MTV in 2005 he talks about how some members of the band just give their award away immediately (to friends or relatives), others just leave them unpacked, others install them or hang them up in their bathroom... And if nothing of that works out, there's always ebay, Paul jokes.
      Dort wo der Horizont
      Sich mit dem Meer verbindet
      Dort wollt' ich auf dich warten
      Auf das du mich dort findest


      • #63
        Jacob Hellner - Behind "Ich tu dir weh" and the production process (SAE Amsterdam, 28.03.2017)

        This is an abridged version of the free masterclass hosted by Jacob Hellner on the 28th of March, 2017, at the SAE Institute in Amsterdam. It contains the parts relevant to and about Rammstein. You can find the full, audio only class here:

        Key points:
        0:00:00 A: How he became the producer of Rammstein
        0:02:42 A: How he feels about rehearsal songs
        0:03:55 V: "Ich tu dir weh" presentation start and overview
        0:07:05-0:09:11 V: Final version of "Ich tu dir weh"
        0:10:40 A: Beginning of production tips
        0:11:30 A: Evolution of Christoph Schneider
        0:13:43 A: Beginning of "Technical solutions for recording the drums"
        0:14:14-0:48:31 A+V: DRUMS (Recording process and techniques + individual drum samples)
        0:48:32-0:49:27 V: BASS
        0:49:28-1:00:02 V: GUITARS
        0:51:18 V: Description of Richard's recording machine from "Making of LIFAD"
        1:00:03-1:03:50 V: KEYBOARD
        1:03:51-1:10:46 V: VOICE
        1:04:06 V: "[Till]'s a singer, but he cannot sing. He's a great performer" - what Till also said about himself in "Making of LIFAD"
        1:06:00 V: First stanza, clean
        1:08:25 V: "This chorus was a tricky one for him to do" - The reason why they playback the chorus during live performances
        1:09:36 V: Chorus, clean - "The process of maybe 30 takes, over the course of 2-3 weeks"
        1:10:23 V: Chorus, backing vocals
        1:10:48 A: Ending remarks


        • #64
          ^Wow, intersting stuff there! Nice found!

          I didn't know the chorus origanlly was sung in a happy, folk-kind of way , as in a jolly sing-along.
          Dort wo der Horizont
          Sich mit dem Meer verbindet
          Dort wollt' ich auf dich warten
          Auf das du mich dort findest


          • #65
            For their first record, the band was asked to put a crossed out swastika on the back of their album, just to openly and explicitly distance themselves from nazism. They refused, as they didn't want to bring up any theme they have nothing to do with.

            In a demo version of Deutschland, they didn't yell "Deutschland" in the chorus but "Mutter". They liked the demo, but they didn't want to release another song called 'Mutter'. Therefore, they asked themseleves why they couldn't call it "Deutschland" instead, and sing about that. This turned out to be difficult, as the rhythm was already quite set, leaving only the possibility for short, concise lyrics. Till did manage it, and the band was very happy with the end result.
            Dort wo der Horizont
            Sich mit dem Meer verbindet
            Dort wollt' ich auf dich warten
            Auf das du mich dort findest