RAMMSTEIN guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe spoke to Guitar World magazine about the band's upcoming seventh full-length studio album. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2009's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" is tentatively due in the spring.
"It's not too sterile, not too clean," Landers said. "It has a lot of life and energy in it, but it's not all angry. The music is more than that. It's different for RAMMSTEIN. You might even say it's fun to listen to."
According to Landers, RAMMSTEIN's new disc sounds less mechanical and more "human" than the band's past outings.
"We really wanted the music to sound warmer and like us playing together," he said. "Everyone with a computer can make music at home. You can program stuff and get nice-sounding drum programs and the sound is very good off the soundcards you have at home. That's fine, but our goal was to have something that could never be done at home, where you really hear the humans behind the instruments. To see your drummer play when you work on songs and see there are real people involved in your band I think is good for us."
Kruspe said that some of the initial musical ideas for the new RAMMSTEIN album were set aside, but not used, for his solo project, EMIGRATE.
"Obviously, if you listen to the record, there are still RAMMSTEIN elements in there," he said. "It's still us. But we experimented a lot with certain kinds of harmony through the verses and a lot of melodic structures in the songs. I feel like we came up with great stuff that I wouldn't have dreamed before could be RAMMSTEIN."
Landers described the making of the new RAMMSTEIN album "much more of a real band process" than the group's past efforts, but admitted that "every time we get together, we fight. We are six guys and six opinions and we are all involved in everything, so we get angry," he said. "We're not punching each other or anything. We try to just scream, but we're not quite done yet. Hopefully we don't have to punch and we can figure it out by talking… We work with it the way it is. That's the only way for us. We are stuck with each other. None of us could leave. Then it wouldn't be RAMMSTEIN."
The new RAMMSTEIN album will be released ahead of the band's first-ever European stadium tour, which will kick off on May 27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and end on August 23 in Vienna, Austria.
One of the most revered metal groups of all time, RAMMSTEIN is renowned for its electrifying live shows often involving spectacular pyrotechnics.
In 2016, 2017 and 2018, RAMMSTEIN played a number of concerts where the band opened each show with a brand new song, presently only known as "Ramm 4". The track contained lyrics that seemed to be a combination of various titles of previous RAMMSTEIN songs.