Emigrate (band)

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Richard Zven Kruspe.jpg
Emigrate's frontman Richard Kruspe
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Industrial metal, alternative metal, industrial rock
Years active 2005–2008, 2011-present
Labels Spinefarm Records
Website emigrate.eu

Richard Z. Kruspe
Olsen Involtini
Arnaud Giroux
Mikko Sirén (studio drums)

Joe Letz (live drums)
Past members Henka Johansson

Emigrate is an American alternative metal band based in New York City, led by German Richard Z. Kruspe, the lead guitarist of the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.


Kruspe started the band in 2005, writing songs with ex-wife Caron Bernstein, 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] Ironically, Babe was the only song where the subject matter, a parents unconditional love for their child, was not Bernstein's point of view, as she had not had her own child yet. So Kruspe explained exactly how he felt and she turned his feelings into lyrics. As opposed to "My World" which entirely about her feelings on her life as it related to her world. On May 21, 2007, Emigrate's 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 soundtracks to the third Resident Evil movie, Resident Evil: Extinction and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet. The soundtracks to the previous two movies contained "Halleluja" and "Mein Teil" from Rammstein, respectively. On July 27, 2007, Kruspe made an appearance on Bruce Dickinson's rock show on BBC.[2] A video for "New York City" has been released. Kruspe 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 Kruspe had 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 was complete and he is departing back to Berlin.

On July 22nd, 2014, a post was made to Emigrate's official Facebook page with a teaser trailer to Emigrate's new album, titled Silent So Long and an official release date of October 17th, 2014.[3]

On December 9th, 2014, Emigrate's second album titled Silent So Long was released.[4]


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]



Year Title Chart positions
2007 Emigrate 8 18 28 41 29 59 47
2014 Silent So Long 28 30 55 119


Year Title Chart positions Album
2007 My World Emigrate
New York City 14
2008 Temptation
2014 Eat You Alive Silent So Long


  • My World (Released August 2 at 11:05 PM, MTV Germany)
    In this video, Joe Letz, the live drummer of Combichrist is seen to replace Henka Johansson on drums, Margaux Bossieux of New York punk-band Dirty Mary was on rhythm guitar, and Arnaud Giroux played bass.
  • New York City
    Directed by the same director of "My World."
  • Eat You Alive


  1. ^ "Pilgrim Management – Emigrate". Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Herzeleid.com". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Rammstein Guitarist's Emigrate: More 'Silent So Long' Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Emigrate Website". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Lescharts: Emigrate discography

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