Published Mar 28, 2019After hinting at their imminent return with a series of teaser videos this week, Rammstein have set a release date for their forthcoming new album, as well as shared a video for its first single "Deutschland."
The band's seventh studio album — which is untitled — will see release on May 17. It arrives nearly a decade after their 2009 album, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da. The band broke the news through their website, where they also included the album's artwork (seen above).
Rammstein have also premiered the album's first single "Deutschland," which you can watch below.
Following the release of video teasers, in which the band appear dressed as prisoners awaiting to be hanged, the band faced backlash from Jewish groups and politicians, even though the full video had yet to see release.
"With this video, the band has crossed a line," Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a quote obtained by Reuters. "The instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible."
Germany's commissioner for anti-semitism, Felix Klein, said the video "is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom" if made simply to promote album sales.
No strangers to controversy, Rammstein's cover artwork for Liebe Ist Für Alle Da was also prohibited from public display in stores, with the German government adding the image to the index of the Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors.