Audio snippets of all the songs that are set to appear on "Skills In Pills", the debut album from LINDEMANN, the new project featuring vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), can be streamed below. The CD will be released on June 23 via Warner Bros..
"Skills In Pills" will be made available in the following formats:
* Standard Edition (2-panel digipack, 28-page booklet)
* Special Edition (Blu-ray-packaging, 28-page booklet, bonus track "That's My Heart")
* Super Deluxe Edition (large-size book, hardcover, 80 pages, telescope-carton, CD+bonus track "That's My Heart")
* Vinyl (gatefold sleeve, 28-page booklet, bonus track, includes album-download code)
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Lindemann stated about his decision to sing in English on "Skills On Pills": "At first, I didn't like the English sound of my voice, and so it took some time getting into it, because I never really did it before and wanted to experiment. But now I've become very proud of the way it sounds. I wanted to use this language to represent English-speaking people. Nobody speaks German outside of Germany. So I wanted to provide more access to my thoughts and lyrics to the people in Chile and Russia and France or whatever. It's a new horizon right now.'
He continued: "I think the whole aesthetic of the [LINDEMANN] music is totally different [to that of RAMMSTEIN]. It's more gothic, filled with more melodies, and isn't as harsh music as RAMMSTEIN. RAMMSTEIN's music demands German lyrics. But I feel that Peter and I found a great way to frame the English vocals. It's a big difference. Doing this with English, it was like a totally new garden was opened. In German, there are only so many things you can write about. With English, I opened the gates and I entered the garden, and I plucked my cherries. Everything was totally new."
LINDEMANN's "Praise Abort" video is the creation of director (and longtime RAMMSTEIN collaborator) Zoran Bihac, and showcases the song's dark, gruesome lyrics with a little help from some swine friends.
Speaking to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, Tägtgren stated about how his collaboration with Lindemann came about: "It started around 1999 or 2000, after we got to know each other. Till was helping me put vocals on one of my albums, but it never happened because we were so busy all the time. But we kept in contact, and two summers ago, RAMMSTEIN were in Sweden and Till invited me over; we talked a bit before he went on stage, and he said that RAMMSTEIN were going to have a break for two years and we should do something."
He continued: "I was starting to think of doing another PAIN album, but as soon as Till came in, that's when I really started to work. I figured I'd just keep on writing. I started triggering his ideas and he started triggering mine. All of a sudden there was no PAIN album!"
"Skills In Pills" track listing:
01. Skills In Pills
04. Fish On
05. Children Of The Sun
06. Home Sweet Home
08. Golden Shower
10. Praise Abort
11. That's My Heart
Photo courtesy of Warner Music / Tomaso Baldesarini