Neue Deutsche Härte

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Not to be confused with Industrial metal.

Neue Deutsche Härte (abbrev: NDH) is a subgenre of rock music. The term means "New German Hardness" and it alludes to the style of Neue Deutsche Welle. It was coined by the music press after the 1995 release of Rammstein's album Herzeleid.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

Neue Deutsche Härte describes a crossover style that is influenced by New German Wave, alternative metal and groove metal combining it with elements from industrial, electronica and techno.[1] The lyrics are generally in German. NDH uses the basic setup of instruments for metal: electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals, along with keyboard, synthesizers, samples and sometimes additional Percussion. 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, 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.

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

History[edit]

The rudiments of the NDH 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, who take inspiration from a wide array of bands including Depeche Mode and Ministry, is the style's most famous and successful practitioner. NDH 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schmidt, Axel; Neumann-Braun, Klaus (2008) [First published 2004]. Die Welt der Gothics: Spielräume düster konnotierter Transzendenz [The World of the Gothics: Leeways of Darkly Connoted Transcendency] (in German) (2nd ed.). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / GWV Fachverlage GmbH. pp. 269–270. ISBN 978-3-531-15880-8. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  2. ^ Uwe Rothhämel: Interview with Oomph! In: New Life Soundmagazine, Issue 5/94, Page 7, May 1994
  3. ^ "Gold/Platin Datenbank durchsuchen". www.ifpi.de – Die deutschen Phonoverbände. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Gold und Platin Datenbank". IFPI Austria, Verband der Österreichischen Musik Wirstchaft. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Belgium Database". Charts français. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "TIMELINE: October 28, 2005". RAMMSTEIN :: News. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Guld og platin". IFPI Danmark – IFPI.dk. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Goud/Platina Muziek". nvpi. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "SØK I TROFÉER". IFPI Norsk platebransje. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Platinium certification awards". Związek Producentów Audio-Video. Archived from the original on November 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Gold certification awards". Związek Producentów Audio-Video. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ "Rammstein au primit Discul de Platina inainte de concertul din Romania". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "GULD & PLATINA – År 2004". IFPI. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Search for: Rammstein". The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "Gold und Platin Datenbank". IFPI Austria, Verband der Österreichischen Musik Wirstchaft. Retrieved 2008-05-07.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ "Gold/Platin Datenbank durchsuchen". www.ifpi.de – Die deutschen Phonoverbände. Retrieved 2007-12-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  17. ^ "Former MEGAHERZ Duo Launch EISBRECHER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  18. ^ "EISBRECHER: 'Antikörper' Enters German Chart At No. 85". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2007-08-24.  External link in |publisher= (help)