After much hype and some controversy, German industrial-metal titans Rammstein have offered up their first new song in eight years, “Deutschland,” and it’s an insane, over-the-top mini-movie of a music video that matches and perhaps surpasses any of the other clips in the group’s catalog — which is saying a lot. Directed by Specter Berlin, the video is a century-spanning visual spectacle sure full of sex, violence and, of course, fire. The clip is the first of five music videos that Rammstein are expected to drop over the next few months, according to guitarist Richard Z. Krupse, including at least one directed by Lords of Chaos director and frequent collaborator Jonas Åkerlund.
“Deutschland” is the lead single (see the cover artwork for it below) off the group’s highly anticipated seventh album, which will be the band’s first LP of all original material in a decade. (Eight years ago, Rammstein released a greatest hits collection, Made in Germany 1995–2011, featuring one new song, “Mein Land.”) The as-yet-untitled record is scheduled for release on May 17th, the same day that the controversial, pyromaniacal sextet is set to kick off a massive European stadium tour that will run through August 22nd — see the full itinerary here. No word yet on a U.S. tour. Kruspe told Revolver in December that the new LP will feature a “more melodic” sound and “different moods” than Rammstein have explored in the past. “We took a lot of time actually to arrange the songs and we experimented with a lot of harmony structures in the songs, which we haven’t done in the past because before it was all just to capture Till’s voice,” he explained. “This time, I had the possibility to bring some melodies and some vocal lines in there. It just was a different process this time so it sounds to me not like any other Rammstein record.”