Herzeleid

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Herzeleid
Rammstein Herzeleid cover.jpg
Studio album by Rammstein
Released September 29, 1995 (1995-09-29)
Recorded 1995[citation needed]
Studio Polar Studios, Stockholm[citation needed]
Genre Neue Deutsche Härte, industrial metal
Length 49:28
Language German
Label Motor Music
Producer Jacob Hellner, Carl-Michael Herlöfsson
Rammstein chronology
Herzeleid
(1995)
Sehnsucht
(1997)
Singles from Herzeleid
  1. "Du riechst so gut"
    Released: August 28, 1995 (1995-08-28)
  2. "Seemann"
    Released: January 8, 1996 (1996-01-08)
  3. "Du riechst so gut '98"
    Released: May 25, 1998 (1998-05-25)
  4. "Asche zu Asche"
    Released: January 15, 2001 (2001-01-15)
US version cover

Herzeleid is the debut album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 29 September 1995.

The album's original cover depicted the band members' upper bodies without clothing. This caused critics to accuse the band of trying to sell themselves as "poster boys for the master race".[1]

The direct translation of "Herzeleid" is "heartache"; however, according to an interview on Talking Metal's podcast in 2007, Richard Kruspe stated that it doesn't translate to "Heartache", but in the German language, it simply means "heartbreak". The album is a culmination of the relationship troubles of all but one of the six band members, hence the title "Herzeleid".[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard (de) 8.5/10[2]

In 2005, Herzeleid was ranked number 303 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Rammstein, all music composed by Rammstein.

No. Title Literal translation Length
1. "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?"   "Do You Want to See the Bed in Flames?" 5:17
2. "Der Meister"   "The Master" 4:08
3. "Weisses Fleisch"   "White Flesh" 3:35
4. "Asche zu Asche"   "Ashes to Ashes" 3:51
5. "Seemann"   "Sailor" 4:48
6. "Du riechst so gut"   "You Smell so Good" 4:49
7. "Das alte Leid"   "The Old Sorrow" 5:44
8. "Heirate mich"   "Marry Me" 4:44
9. "Herzeleid"   "Heartache" 3:41
10. "Laichzeit"   "Spawning Time" 4:20
11. "Rammstein"     4:25
Total length:
49:28

Credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Rammstein[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Jacob Hellnerproduction
  • Carl-Michael Herlöffson – production
  • Ronald Prent – mixing
  • Emanuel Fialik – additional production on "Seemann"
  • Olav Bruhn – additional production on "Seemann"

Visual art[edit]

  • Praler – photography, cover idea
  • Dirk Rudolph – sleeve design

Studios[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Europe 22 September 1995
North America 24 November 1998

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 96
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 77
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 85
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[12] Platinum 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Are Rammstein nazis? (FAQ:Band)". herzeleid.com (Rammstein fan website). Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Rock Hard review". issue 101. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Herzeleid – Rammstein". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 91. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  5. ^ Herzeleid (liner notes). Rammstein. Motor Music. 1995. 529160-2. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Rammstein – Herzeleid" (in German). Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rammstein – Herzeleid" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rammstein – Herzeleid" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Rammstein – Herzeleid". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Rammstein – Herzeleid". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rammstein; 'Herzeleid')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.