Neue Deutsche Härte

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This article is about the Neue Deutsche Härte subgenre. For the Industrial Metal musical genre, see Industrial Metal.

Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness), German pronunciation: [nɔʏ.ə dɔʏtʃə hɛɐtə], abbrev: NDH), also known as tanz-metal and often used synonymously with dance metal, is a subgenre of rock music. The term alludes to Neue Deutsche Welle and the term was coined after the publication of the 1995 Rammstein album Herzeleid by the music press.[1]


It describes a crossover style that is influenced by Neue Deutsche Welle, alternative metal and groove metal combining it with elements from industrial, electronica and techno.[1] The lyrics are generally in German. It uses the basic setup of instruments for metal: electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals, with keyboard, synthesizers and samples. Emphasis is on a demonstration of predominance, by over-pronouncing certain syllables and letters (such as the uvular or alveolar trill). The vocals are thus dominantly presenting in deep, male, and clean voice.[1] Some bands use screaming and death growls, which is also common, being heard in certain songs by Oomph!, Rammstein, Stahlhammer (literally "Steel Hammer"), Samsas Traum and Megaherz. NDH imagery is often strongly masculine, and at times militaristic, depending on the group and the song. Guitars are tuned low, usually to drop D or C, and are generally heavily distorted. Sometimes the bass tone is equalized to sound more like the sub-bass heard in techno music[citation needed].

Rammstein, Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 November 2004


The rudiments of the style were established by Oomph! on their seminal second album, Sperm (1994), and by Rammstein with their first album Herzeleid (1995). In those days, Oomph!'s biggest influence were groove metal bands such as Prong, Pantera and Sepultura.[2] Rammstein, which in turn were strongly inspired by the music of Oomph! and Laibach, is the style's most famous and successful practitioner. Neue Deutsche Härte is especially successful in continental Europe; Rammstein have sold nearly four million records in Germany,[3] while accumulating gold and platinum records in Austria,[4] Belgium,[5] the Czech Republic,[6] Denmark,[7] the Netherlands,[8] Norway,[9] Poland,[10][11] Romania,[12] Sweden,[13] Switzerland,[14] and Finland.

Oomph! achieved a gold record for their 2004 "Augen Auf!" single in Austria and Germany.[15][16] Eisbrecher's 2004 self-titled debut album entered at #13 on the Deutschen Alternative Top 20 Chart, while the group's second album (Antikörper) reached the #85 position on the German main chart.[17][18] Other NDH groups include: Megaherz, Stahlhammer, Stahlmann, Fleischmann, and others.


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  2. ^ Uwe Rothhämel: Interview with Oomph! In: New Life Soundmagazine, Issue 5/94, Page 7, May 1994
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  17. ^ "Former MEGAHERZ Duo Launch EISBRECHER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  18. ^ "EISBRECHER: 'Antikörper' Enters German Chart At No. 85". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2007-08-24.