Rammstein, the Berlin-based industrial metal sextet well known for their controversial and fiery live performances, returns with their first new album in four years, having signed a marketing and distribution deal in the US with Vagrant Records.
The 11-song album is slated for a late fall 2009 simultaneous worldwide launch with more details to be announced shortly. Pre-production for the new release was done at Castle Beerenstedt in eastern Germany's Halle/Saale while the bulk of the recording was done in late 2008 at Northern California's Sonoma Mountain Studio. As with the band's previous releases, the new album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hellner in Stockholm.
Rammstein has sold nearly three million records in the US and over 14 million albums worldwide.
Rammstein first stormed American shores in 1998 touring behind their Grammy-nominated breakthrough sophomore release, Sehnsucht. Band members were jailed in the US on indecency charges during the 1998 Family Values tour, due to Rammstein's highly provocative live show.
The band's last tour through the US was in 2001 in support of Mutter, and as they continued to sonically and visually explore societal and sexual taboos, Rammstein has found themselves embroiled in further controversies both here and abroad throughout the last decade.
Rammstein retains an aura of mystery due in part to their ambiguous lyrics (sung almost entirely in German) while their chart-topping releases and sold-out worldwide tours prove that fans can't get enough of this enigmatic group.