German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have issued a statement denying accusations that they have forced a RAMMSTEIN fan site to shut down over the publication of "unauthorized" RAMMSTEIN photos on the site. The group's statement reads as follows:
"Neither RAMMSTEIN nor their managment or lawyers have had shut down the www.rammimages.com site. The domain host was simply asked to remove some photos, for which this person does not own publishing rights. RAMMSTEIN signed many different contracts in collaboration with — among others — video directors, designers, graphic designers, record company, publishing company and also photographers. Those contracts agree on who what, when and where is allowed to publish, some of it — for instance — is exclusively, for [internal] usage or meant to be published at a later date. www.rammimages.com has published photos, which belong into this category and was therefore asked to remove the pictures from the site. Additionally, there were discussions about how to produce their own RAMMSTEIN shirts the best way on this page, the domain host was precautionary made aware, that the production of bootlegs is illegal and was asked to make their users aware of it. That was it! If the domain host uses the occasion to close the site, we can only (like any others) wonder."
RAMMSTEIN have set "Rosenrot" as the title of their follow-up to to last year's "Reise Reise", tentatively due this fall. The group recently shot a video for the album's first single, "Benzin", which was aired live for the first time this past June. Several remixes are curerntly in the works, as is the artwork for the cover of the single and the album.
As previously reported, the band recorded several songs during the sessions for "Reise, Reise" which were omitted from the CD's final track listing. During a recent session at a Berlin studio, RAMMSTEIN recorded several more tracks and recently mixed the combined collection of new material for the "Rosenrot" album.
Recorded primarily in Spain (El Cortijo Studio, Malaga), "Reise Reise" (translated as "Voyage, Voyage" or "Journey, Journey") is the follow-up to "Mutter", which entered The Billboard 200 chart at No. 77 back in April 2001.