Rammstein (apparently German for "Ramming Stone"; unknown if there is any relation to the Ramstein) is a rare example of a non-English speaking band to make it big outside of their homeland. With the membership of Till Lindemann (vocals), Paul Landers (lead guitar), RichardKruspe-Bernstein (rhythm guitar), Oliver Riedel (bass), Flake Lorenz (keyboards) and Christoph Schneider(drums) they launched their debut, Herzeleid, in 1995 securing themselves with the major subsidiary 'Polygram'. Although the first release went relatively unnoticed internationally, their second effort, Sehnsucht (1997), got them worldwide acclaim and tours with fellow German acts including KMFDM. The English translated video version of Du Hast (German for "You Hate") got heavy rotation on MTV. Other tracks like, Seinsucht and Engel, got acclaim as well. What Rammstein sold was solid, heavy duty rhythmic Thrash Metal with perfect timing precision and controversial lyrics; not a note was wasted. Their German engineered music wasnote-for-note perfect and got them worldwide acclaim. Live Aus Berlin (1999), the recording of their live show in Berlin from the previous tour, followed. Their third studio effort, Mutter (2001), although competent, did not receive the notoriety of their sophomore effort, likewise for their 2004 effort, Reise Reise.
Rosenrot (2005) and Liebe ist für alle da (2009) followed.
On 5 November 2009, their sixth studio album, Liebe ist für alle da, was placed on the "Index of the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien or BPjM" (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons), making it illegal in Germany to make the album accessible to minors or display it where it can be seen by people underage, effectively banning it from stores. According to the official statement of the BPjM, the depiction of lead guitarist Richard Kruspe holding a woman wearing only a mask over his knee and lifting his hand to strike her behind has given cause for offense, as well as the lyrics to "Ich tu dir weh" which supposedly assist to spread dangerous BDSM techniques. Furthermore, the advisory board has taken into consideration the alleged promotion of unprotected sexual intercourse in the lyrics to "Pussy".
In 2010, the band settled out of court against Apocalyptica's former record label 'Sony Music Entertainment GmbH' as the successor of the by now defunct affiliated label 'Gun Records' for using Rammstein's label in marketing Apocalyptica's 2007 album Worlds Collide, which featured a duet with singer Lindemann.
The legal action apparently did no harm to the relationship between the bands, since Apocalyptica were seen on stage with Rammstein during the song "Mein Herz brennt" in February 2012 at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland.