Rock Sound - Interview with Schneider, September 2009
Rammstein drummer Christoph ‘Doom’ Schneider has told Rock Sound how their sixth album will focus on themes of love!
“It’s based on love and different kinds of love, especially extreme forms of human relationships. It’s still a typical Rammstein album. Our opening track, ‘Rammlied’, is something that is very typical for us — a kind of come back from the last album. It’s a kind of song to say, ‘We’re back!’ Or ‘Rammstein are in the house!’ — something like that!”
The 11-track album was again recorded with producer Jacob Hellner, who has worked with the band on their previous five albums.
“I would love to work with another producer just to see what it’s like, but I can’t imagine anybody else being able to record the mood of Till and his vocals like he does. In fact, the reason we work with Jacob is 50 per cent because he’s a great producer and 50 per cent because we’re afraid to try someone else out!”
The as-yet-untitled album was recorded in the Henson Studios in LA, and unlike previous Rammstein albums there was a more “relaxed” feeling to the recording process.
“It took us a lot of time to write the songs on the album because we didn’t apply too much pressure in the beginning. After a one-year break we thought, ‘Let’s start slowly’. We didn’t have a time frame or a deadline so we tried a lot of different stuff out before realizing we had to hurry and get more focused. The tracks developed by doing a sort of morning sport where we had a jam session to play whatever we wanted to.”
The drummer added that he is delighted with the results despite having to adhere to a few set standards.
“We do 11 tracks on each album and, at this stage, it’s not possible to change that. Even if there are more good songs and you want to have them on the album, it’s a no.”
Some songs titles have been confirmed for the album, including ‘Waidmann’s Heil’ and ‘Pussy’.
“‘Waidmann’s Heil’ is a song about traditional hunting in one way, but also about hunting a woman. ‘Pussy’ is funny and commercial. For English people it’s probably stupid, but I like it.”
As for rumors surrounding the style of the new album, Schneider is quick to dispel certain things.
“Sometimes I hear that we have split and this will be the last album, but it’s all untrue. And no, this is not a hip-hop album. That would be cool, but I don’t think we could do that. Maybe Till should try to do a hip-hop album, but unfortunately he can’t rap. He’s like an old Marshall, he can only do his style and he can’t change,” he laughed.
Rammstein will hit the road in November, and embark a long, overdue tour.
“We want to go on tour for a long time, maybe until the spring and take a break. Then we will continue touring with festivals, which I am really looking forward to doing.”