It seems like Rammstein are officially old and established enough that they’re basically ready to do what they want. Only last month, the German industrial metal act premiered the first track from the new album they recorded in quarantine — to a French astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Now, guitarist Richard Kruspe has done an interview in which he blatantly categorizes his band as old music for old people, and reveals that while he’d love to see more “stadium bands” in rock and metal, he’s not sure Swedish rising occultists Ghost are the future.
Speaking to Summa Inferno, as transcribed by Ultimate Guitar, Kruspe lamented the loss of rebellion and grandiosity in rock. When asked about big rock bands dominating the world once more, Kruspe didn’t seem very hopeful. When the interviewer mentioned Rammstein and Metallica as the genre’s leaders, he’s quick to respond that all the bands in question aren’t exactly current.
“Yeah, yeah, but they are all like dinosaurs,” says Kruspe. “Think about it, all those dinosaur bands are old, we’re old people. The young generation, they’re listening maybe also to rock, but they’re also interested in other kinds of music. And the other problem is that those big bands – they will not come after. I always talk about those stadium bands – it’s almost over! What’s the last stadium band that you know…Maybe Muse was the last one.”
When the interviewer mentions Ghost as possible heirs to the throne, Kruspe doesn’t seem very hopeful: “Yeah but it’s not a stadium band. Talking about huge stadium bands that can play in a stadium. They’re getting less and less and less, and certainly, they will die out.”
What do you think — is there a future for massive arena rock beyond the old guard, or does Kruspe have a point? In the meantime, here’s the track that we at The Pit determined was Rammstein’s sexiest song:
Words by Chris Krovatin