Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band formed in Berlin in 1994. Their six-man lineup - lead vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers, bassist Oliver Riedel, drummer Christoph Schneider, and keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz - has remained unchanged throughout their existence. Prior to their formation, some members were associated with East German punk rock acts Feeling B and First Arsch.
Rammstein were one of the first bands to emerge within the Neue Deutsche Härte genre, with their debut album leading the music press to coin the term, and their style of music has generally had a positive reception from music critics. Commercially, the band have been very successful, earning many No. 1 albums as well as gold and platinum certifications in countries around the world. Their grand live performances, which often feature pyrotechnics, have played a part in their popularity growth. Despite success, the band have been subject to some controversies, with their overall image having been subject to criticism; for instance, the song "Ich tu dir weh" forced its parent album Liebe ist für alle da to be re-released in Germany with the song removed due to its graphic lyrics about sex.
Richard Kruspe, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann, Oliver Riedel, Christoph "Doom" Schneider, Flake Lorenz