Posted on by Oran

The release of a new Rammstein song has been a long, long time coming. The wait is over as the German industrial icons have debuted an epic music video (seen below) for “Deutschland,” the first single off their yet-to-be-titled new album.


The video is nearly 10 minutes long with dramatic scenes bookending the track. It’s highly cinematic, showing various clips of violence across human history from medieval battles to modern day rioting.

Rammstein’s career has been fraught with controversy and here some of the members are seen dressed in concentration camp uniforms from the Holocaust. At one point, they surround a group of Nazis (one of them played by guitarist Richard Kruspe) and shoot them in the face from point blank range.

The translation of the lyrics is as follows;

You (you have, you have, you have, you have)
You have cried a lot (weeping, crying, crying, crying)
Separated in the mind (separated, separated, separated, separated)
I’m heart united (united, united, united, United)
We (we are, we are, we are, we are)
Are already very long together (you are, you are, you are, you are)
Your breath cold (so cold, so cold, so cold, so cold)
The heart in flames (so hot, so hot, so hot, so hot)
You (you can, you can, you can, you can)
Me (I know, I know, I know, I know)
We (we are, we are, we are, we are)
You (you stay, you stay, you stay, you stay)
So far, the track seems to tackle the pain of separation and the feeling of coming to terms with a divisive past. Moving on to the chorus, it sounds like Till Lindemann is directing his lyrics toward Germany itself.

Germany – my heart in flames
Wants to love you and damn
Germany – your breath cold
So young, and yet so old
The song’s second verse speaks more directly to Germany’s imperialistic past:

I (you have, you have, you have, you have)
I never want to leave you (you cry, you cry, you cry, you cry)
You can love you (you love, you love, you love, you love)
And wants to hate you (you hate, you hate, you hate, you hate)
Arrogant, superior
Takeover, surrender
Germany, Germany invades all
This verse will certainly be interpreted in different ways, especially since guitarist Richard Kruspe is in a Nazi uniform during “Deutschland.” Then again, he gets shot in the face by Till Lindemann, who is in a Jewish concentration camp uniform.

The song’s bridge reads:

You (overpowering superfluous)
I (Superman, tired)
We (who rises up, which is deep fall)
your (Germany, Germany above all)

Earlier today, the group revealed that their new record will be released on May 17. You can place your pre-order here. Kruspe said back in January that Rammstein will probably tour behind the album for the next three or four years.

It has also been speculated that it could be their final tour, but no official confirmation has come through.

In 2016, Rammstein debuted a new song onstage, which was dubbed “Ramm4.” It is not known if this track will appear on the follow-up to 2009’s Liebe Ist Für Alle Da.

Oran O’Beirne

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