German heavy metal outfit Rammstein have come under fire over their recent album promotional video. The video, which was released yesterday, features some highly disturbing imagery.
The video shows members of Rammstein at the gallows, dressed in uniforms that resemble those worn in concentration camps with nooses around their necks.
Naturally, the video has since attracted significant criticism and has been accused of trivialising the Holocaust. “With this video, the band has crossed a line,” shared Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. “The instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible.”
Whilst Felix Klein, the government’s commissioner for anti-semitism, labelled the video “a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom.”
Watch the promotional video below.
Watch Rammstein’s ‘XXVIII.III.MMXIX’ video:
Rammstein has built their career on controversy. Since their inception, the band have been accused of having neo-nazi ideologies and promoting sexual violence.
Their records explore themes of incest, abuse, necrophilia, cannibalism and sadomasochism. Whilst their live performances are renowned for their overtly erotic imagery. Have they gone too far this time?
It has been ten years since Rammstein released their last album, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da. The band have been teasing the release of their forthcoming record for quite some time now. Back in October, it was revealed that they were aiming to release the new record “in early 2019”.
The promotional video released yesterday heavily featured the date March 28th, 2019. Whether the band are planning on dropping new material or announcing their forthcoming record remains unclear, but we will find out in mere hours.