Government officials and Jewish leaders in the metal band’s home country of Germany have spoken to Bild newspaper about what they say are offensive images in which the band wear striped prison uniforms with nooses around their necks.
— Rammstein (@RSprachrohr) March 26, 2019
While there is no direct reference to the Holocaust in the teaser clip, one Jewish leader has called it “irresponsible”.
Charlotte Knobloch, the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told Bild, “With this video, the band has crossed a line. The instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible” [quotes translated via Reuters].
Felix Klein, the German government’s commissioner for anti-semitism, said: “I think it is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom.”
The band are yet to responded to the condemnation.
Earlier this week, Rammstein’s Spotify account started featuring a series of vertical video clips with their top songs, teasing something for this Friday (March 29).
The clips contain the running themes of a black woman dressed in various stylised outfits, and frontman Till Lindemann’s severed head.
Rammstein’s as-yet-untitled album will be the band’s seventh studio effort, which is slated for an April release ahead of their European stadium tour. The long-awaited record will be the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Liebe Ist Für Alle Da’.