Rammstein - We prefer the beer

Berlin band behind the invention of a new music genre, Neue Deutsche Härte (New German 'hardness'). That is a sort of industrial metal music - whatever that may be. In any case the band members pound their guitars wholeheartedly.

Rammsteine are metal or concrete poles used by German tradespeople (such as jewellers) to protect vulnerable storefronts with. It is almost certain however that this is not the explanation for the band name .

Rammstein name inspiration - US beerFor a short while Rammstein performed under the name Rammstein-Flugschau, a somewhat sinister reference to the 28th of August 1988, when an air show was held at the American airbase in German Ramstein-Miesenbach (with one 'm') that ended in disaster.

During a demonstration flight of the Italian Frecce Tricolori Jet formation the number Cardioid ('Pierced heart') was played. A fighter jet flying individually had to ‘pierce’ the heart shaped formation of the remaining nine aircraft. It went all wrong: seventy people died (including three Italian pilots), 346 spectators were injured.

Some fans hold on to the conviction that not the disaster at Ramstein was the inspiration source of the remarkable band name, but the US beer, brewed in Butler, New Jersey.

Active: 1994-present, DEU
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