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Rammstein Guitarist Richard Kruspe Confirms Band 'Taking Time Off,' Doesn't Clarify What That Means


Sure, Rammstein hasn't released an album since 2009's Liebe ist für alle da but that doesn't mean the band is actually on hiatus, right? The German rock icons have certainly toured consistently in the time since. However it's now been more than a year since the band's last gig, the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2013, and we've started wondering. Guitarist Richard Kruspe gave a somewhat worrisome, somewhat ambiguous interview with Metal Hammer that suggests the band is taking some time off. 

"I think Rammstein...those things can never be over," he said. "The thing [about] those things is that they develop their own chemistry, their own energy. I think even if we would say it would be over, it would never be over. So if you're asking me if we're doing something right now, the answer is, we're taking time off."

So basically he opens with a line that many performers use to subtly explain that band is kaput. Then he ends by just saying the band is taking some time off. Gah!

He ends the interview however by noting that "if somebody had a vision for a record, we'll do another record." That does make us feel a little bit better. All in all, we should probably take a chill pill. Rammstein isn't exactly noted for its rapid rate of album turnaround anyhow (the group has released six albums over a period of nearly 20 years, including four years between Rosenrot and Liebe ist für alle da). 

The band does have three live DVD's in the pipeline according to Kruspe, and the band's members aren't noted for their solo work. We can't exactly see Flake Lorenz doing a Feeling B reunion tour. 

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