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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Metal-is website interviews Paul and Christoph

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  • Metal-is website interviews Paul and Christoph

    Metal-Is: It's been a lengthy five years since the release of 'Sehnsucht' and over two since the live album. Hope you don't mind being asked, but where have you been?
    Christoph:We've been sleeping...
    Paul:And when we finally got out of bed, we went out on tour for a couple of years (including a stint supporting Kiss in South America) and, to be honest, we're not like a lot of other groups in the sense that when we're on tour, we find it very difficult to write new material as a band. So when we got back off the road, we had to take a break in order to make time to write new songs - and for us that takes a long, long time.
    M-I:Better late than never. Tell us about the new album.
    P:It's called 'Mutter', meaning 'mother', and the album takes its name from the song of the same name on the album, because we thought it was a word that suits the mood of the music. We also wanted to get away from the theme of longing - we didn't want to copy the same sense or atmosphere as before, so we thought it should be more natural for us, more natural with our instruments, but with more attitude and in much more of a rock style than previous Rammstein. We certainly wanted it to rock more - but there're still the good melodies, the good sounds and the clearly identifiable Rammstein rhythms.
    M-I:Phew. No major departure, then? With you having joined the likes of Korn, Orgy and Limp Bizkit on a leg of the 1998 stateside Family Values tour, we needn't brace ourselves for any nu-metal nonsense, right? Still exercising the uncompromising fusion of industrial, metal, classical and prog rock elements?
    P:Yeah, sure, but saying that - although overall and for the most part it is atypical Rammstein - there are a few styles we've explored that are new to us. This time we went as far as to bring in a live orchestra (the Babelsberg Film Orchestra on the track 'Mein Herz Brennt') and tried out other styles including a punk vibe and even some jungle beats.
    C:I think Till's singing voice has developed a lot as well, but as hard as we tried, we couldn't prevent that from happening (laughs). Basically, as you'd expect, it's a natural progression and although we are proud to say we have developed artistically, the sound remains unmistakably Rammstein.
    M-I:Having already been permitted entry to the worldwide mainstream, what do Rammstein hope to achieve with this album?
    P:The little problem we have with being asked that is that we have achieved so much already, so much more than we could have ever hoped for, or expected. We never even dreamed that we'd be able to travel to all these different countries with our music. That's why we've taken a step back and taken a bit of time to reflect and think of new goals, but we haven't quite decided what goals we're going for yet.
    C:Of course, it's not that there's nothing left for us to achieve, it's just that we're happy doing what we're doing and we're happy to keep going at a comfortable and steady pace. We like to try and appreciate the here and now.
    M-I:This aforementioned international fame and recognition has, however, eluded you to a degree in Britain, for example. Predictable a question as it may seem, have you ever considered releasing alternative English-spoken versions to cater for the non German-speaking populace?
    P:As you can imagine, we are asked this a lot and have considered the ramifications of such actions since we formed back in 1994.Although we have refused to compromise, the history of Rammstein has shown and proven that it is possible to become internationally successful even with German lyrics. Furthermore, to take our lyrics and translate them into English would mean all the poetry would be lost. If we were to sing in English, we'd have to live in or move to an English-speaking society in order to understand the culture and write authentically - so it could be based on our experiences.
    M-I:So what do you think of German band Guano Apes, for example, who have chosen to sing in English in order to take a calculated stab at international stardom. Do you respect their decision or, patriotically, do you find it somewhat traitorous?
    C:Until now, record companies in Germany have thought that, as a German band, one can only be very successful if one is very German. But Guano Apes have broken the rules and proven almost the opposite - which is good. You don't have to sound German; all that's important is that you make good music. She (Sandra Nasic, Guano Apes' singer) has a very good voice, but the band do sound very international - American or English, or whatever. There are a number of bands who aren't that good when they copy the American sound or formula, and they're always going to be number two - they'll never make it.
    M-I: Dramatically doleful vocals, operatic melodies and the trademark horrific romanticism adorn 'Sonne', the first single to be lifted from the album. What is the reasoning behind the concept of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves video?
    P:Firstly, the lyrics have nothing to do with the concept of the video. Secondly, you'll notice that there are only six dwarves - because there are only six of us in the band. Either that, or the original fairytale was written incorrectly at the time.
    C:We had several different ideas for the video, all of which were very good. One idea was that we'd be a crew of bomber pilots about to drop an atom bomb on a city. In the video, we would have tried to depict how it's possible for human beings to willingly drop atom bombs on other human beings. But, of course, that would have been deemed highly politically incorrect, because, as usual, it would have been misunderstood. And as we don't like to have to explain ourselves all the time, we decided to opt for another idea we would have to go through the rigmarole of having to explain.
    P:The lyrics contain the words ' Here comes the sun' and that, we thought, would have fitted in very well with a nuclear impact. I guess we were bothered with all the shit we knew we'd get.
    Last edited by cannibal_wotsit; 06-30-2011, 01:30 PM.

  • #2
    M-I:Many bands try and imitate but there is no band that truly sounds like Rammstein. What is it that makes your sound so inimitable?
    C:There are bands, as you'd expect in Germany, who try their hardest to emulate us, but as for having that unique sound, I suppose it's like asking a really pretty actress, "Why do other actresses try to look like you?" and "Why don't they quite look like you?" Or you might look at the relationship of a couple who get on very well and are a match made in heaven - you can't then ask another couple who don't have such a harmonious relationship why they're not as close and suited as the other couple...
    P: (putting his hand mockingly on Schneider's knee) That's right... we've found each other! But as we've always said, our style came out of knowing exactly what we didn't want to sound like.
    M-I:Controversy has plagued the band from the outset, beginning with the artwork for debut album 'Herzeleid', which depicts the band shirtless and sheened against a backdrop of yellow flowers, leading to the belief that you were willing progenitors of some new master race. With this in mind, surely a song such as new track 'Feuer Frei' (featuring an audible shower of gun shots) only serves to encourage those who claim you advocate Nazism and fascism?
    P:It's part of our music, part of our image - we don't care any more. With the song 'Links 234' (accompanied by the sound of militant marching), you need to actually understand the meaning of the lyrics to understand that particular song. It goes some way to describing our position in the political sense - but, ironically, although it is the one song that strives to explain our political views, it happens to be one of the songs with lyrics that are heavily misunderstood. But what can we do? It's down to other people's stupidity, not ours.
    C:'Links' means 'left' and the lyrics are ' Links, links, links' - how much more obvious can we make it? We wanted to prove, with this very song, we're not automatically right-wing because we're German. We're not nasty or evil. But as many people don't speak German, and even those who do comprehend our language still don't understand the complexity of the lyrics, they just hear the music and by listening to the sound of it form the opinion that we're a nasty band. We just have to live with it. We've created our own style and, of course, it sounds Germanic - but all we can do is be ourselves and we have learned not to give a damn.
    M-I:Are you perversely honoured by being so misunderstood, or do you find it frustrating?
    P:To start with we thought it was funny and then we found it frustrating, but these days we just don't give a shit.
    C:What we're doing is holding up a mirror to people and they can see in our songs what they want to see. And anyone who sees us in the wrong corner should maybe think about their own thoughts, feelings, attitudes and problems.
    P:We have been made political scapegoats in Germany. This entire Nazi theme is a product of the German press and what we fear the most, and have always feared, is that there will be people from the extreme right wing who will be attracted to our music and come to our concerts. Even if they were to come, they'd see that we have nothing to do with it, we're not Nazis at all. Anyway, it has calmed down a bit, thank goodness. But it seems to be the only reason we're known in England.
    M-I:You are defined largely by your live performances, with frontman Till Lindemann and his asbestos coat engulfed in flames and of course the strap-on phalluses donned for live favourite 'Bück Dich'. Do you ever worry that your image may overshadow the music?
    P: From time to time we do play without all the stage effects and we do notice that people still like our music.
    C:I don't know where we'd be if we didn't have the whole show and the showmanship - but I'm sure we would have got somewhere! We are what we are and the show is all a part of that, where six people get together and something magic comes out of it.
    P:When we first started Rammstein, we had no discussions with journalists at all - not that we've got anything against journalists, you understand - we just wanted to present the Rammstein experience on its own merits.
    C:But we don't get out much these days in our old age and we like to talk! We express ourselves better through our music - but we can handle any shitty question you throw at us.
    M-I:Is there anything we shouldn't be asking, then?
    P:Well, we'd better not talk about Till and the little fluffy pet rabbit on his balcony at home.
    C:He will slaughter it for Christmas dinner. But don't tell anyone.
    M-I:OK - Mutter's the word...
    Last edited by cannibal_wotsit; 06-30-2011, 01:32 PM.


    • #3
      I edited the title of the thread, to make it more readable. The source of this interview can be found in the following link:
      "Which is better, eternal happiness or a ham sandwich? It would appear that eternal happiness is better, but this is really not so! After all, nothing is better than eternal happiness, and a ham sandwich is certainly better than nothing. Therefore a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness."

      - Raymond M. Smullyan


      • #4
        thank you, it was in the original post but I had to edit it seen as there were too many characters. Hence the two posts


        • #5
          Thanks for posting this interview, Snake...I can't imagine Till with a little fluffy pet


          • #6
            Sorry lol...Thank you to bad...


            • #7
              no problem
              strangely enough, I can imagine Till with a little fluffy pet rabbit
              DENN DU BIST, WAS DU ISST.


              • #8
                That's so funny...Have you read any of Till's poems in Messer?


                • #9
                  no, I'm trying to get hold of the book though
                  DENN DU BIST, WAS DU ISST.


                  • #10
                    I have it ordered now - just have to get my German to English translating in better shape. Thanks to Rosetta Stone lol...


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vbarrett View Post
                      Thanks to Rosetta Stone lol...
                      I have heard is a great method, is it so different?


                      • #12
                        Rosetta Stone has been working for me. I can learn German when i have time. It shows pictures with words then graduates to sentences and such. It's expensive, but the best method I have found thus far. You might be able to rip it from a bit torrent.


                        • #13
                          that sounds similar to the method my teacher is using - start with the basics and build apon them
                          DENN DU BIST, WAS DU ISST.


                          • #14
                            A friend has given to me. Thanks for the information. Now I only need time to test it