Petelin B.V., Savelyev D.V. The Fate of Germany in Musical Works by Metal Band Rammstein

The article is devoted to the famous German band Rammstein, whose musical compositions are most often addressed to the history of Germany. Of course, as the authors write about it, their musical and stage compositions are far from scientific interpretations, but they have undoubted success among various social strata. A distinctive feature of the creation of Rammstein was that all the band members were born and raised in the GDR, witnessed its collapse and the restoration of the unity of the country in 1990. The available publications ignore this fact, which in many ways influenced its formation not only in the status of a musical group, but also as a social moderator. Having no special education, the group nevertheless managed to find its creative line using stage and technical know-how, which are presented and analyzed in this article. The first Rammstein albums “Herzeleid”, “Sehnsucht”, “Mutter”, as well as the last “Rammstein” and “Zeit”, as well as the single “Deutschland” “Deutschland” contains different interpretations of memorable events of German history. Not everyone in Germany agrees with this kind of “self-expression” of musicians, but their songs are not about the past, because it is always connected with the present, in which, according to Rammstein, there is always more suffering than joy. Naturally, the stage activity of the group does not go beyond show business, so all sorts of scandals, accusations, revelations are not the purpose of this study.
Key words: Germany, mass culture, rock music, Rammstein, Till Lindemann, album “Zeit.”


Citation link: Petelin B.V., Savelyev D.V. The Fate of Germany in Musical Works by Metal Band Rammstein // Humanities researches of the Central Russia. – 2023. – №2 (27). – P. 24-33.
DOI: 10.24412/2541-9056-2023-227-24-33

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