Emigrate (band)

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For information on emigration, see Emigration.
Origin New York City, NY
Genres Alternative metal, industrial metal
Years active 2005–2008, 2011-present
Labels Motor City
Associated acts Rammstein, Clawfinger
Website emigrate.eu
Members Richard Z. Kruspe
Olsen Involtini
Arnaud Giroux
Mikko Sirén
Past members Henka Johansson
Joe Letz

Emigrate is a European Alternative metal band based in New York City, New York, led by Richard Z. Kruspe, the lead guitarist of the German band Rammstein.


Kruspe started the band in 2005, when Rammstein decided to take a year off from touring and recording. In many interviews, Kruspe says the idea for Emigrate came to him around Rammstein's Mutter era.

On September 5, 2006, members of the Rammstein.de newsletter were sent an invitation to the Emigrate newsletter and given the chance to download the song "Wake Up", a sneak peek of the upcoming album. Three song samples were also posted on Emigrate's website: "My World", "Babe", and "Temptation". Fans voted "Babe" as being their favorite, and newsletter recipients were allowed to download “Babe” in its entirety starting November 29, 2006.[1] On May 21, 2007 the Emigrate Official Website opened and “My World” was made available for download, in its entirety, to newsletter subscribers.

The video for "My World" has been released and can be viewed on the official website. The video was also included on the limited edition release of the album Emigrate. In addition to the video, My World is featured on the soundtrack to the third Resident Evil movie, Resident Evil: Extinction. The soundtracks to the previous two movies contained "Halleluja" and "Mein Teil" from Rammstein, respectively. On July 27, 2007 Richard made an appearance on Bruce Dickinson rock show on BBC.[2] A video for "New York City" has been released. Richard then left the Emigrate project aside due to Rammstein reuniting in the fall of 2007 to work on their new album Liebe ist für alle da which was released in October 2009, and also to take part in the subsequent Rammstein tour.

Joe Letz, who had appeared in the video for "My World", updated the Emigrate Facebook page on June 24, 2011, stating that Richard has been working on a new record.

On December 5, 2012, an announcement posted on the Emigrate Facebook page announced that demos were being recorded and reviewed, and studio time was being set up in January 2013 to begin official recording of an untitled second album.

In January 2013, Kruspe stated via the Emigrate Facebook page that drums were beginning to be mixed for the new record.

In January 2014, Kruspe, on the Emigrate Facebook page, posted that twenty tracks had been recorded for Emigrate and that mixing would be performed in Los Angeles, California, alongside Ben Grosse, with a projected release in the summer of 2014.

On March 7, 2014, Kruspe announced the second album is complete and he is departing back to Berlin. A release date and album title have yet to be announced.

On May 6th, 2014, Emigrate's main website, Emigrate.eu, stopped displaying its usual content and started displaying a simple message on a plain white background saying "It works!" in black writing. As of May 17th, 2014, the website has returned to full functionality.


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Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart UK Rock Chart UK Indie Chart
2007 My World Emigrate
New York City 14
2008 Temptation



  1. ^ "Pilgrim Management – Emigrate". Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Herzeleid.com". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 

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