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Rammstein Confirm They Are “Taking Time Off”

Written by Greg Moskovitch on September 21, 2014

Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe has confirmed the band have no plans to record or tour in the near future. According to Kruspe, the members of the beloved German industrial outfit gathered together earlier this year for their annual band meeting and decided that they would be taking 2015 off.

Asked by Horns Up Rocks if the band have any plans for the near future, Kruspe said, “Not at the moment, actually. We’re meeting every year. We come together for a week. We do a lot of eating. Our singer’s a hunter, so he hunts a lot of animals, and we eat a lot of animals during the week and talk a lot about things. And this year we met, and we decided to meet another year and see how we feel then.”

While Kruspe reiterated that “there’s no plans of touring at the moment and no plans of [making a new] record”, he claimed that the situation “can change every minute”. Earlier this month the guitarist insisted to Metal Hammer (via Metal Injection) that the band has not dissolved, saying it “can never be over”.

“I think Rammstein [is one of] those things [that] can never be over. The thing [about] those things is that they develop their own chemistry… 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.”

“One good thing about that the music industry changed is that you don’t have to do a record every year — it’s not necessary — and I think a lot of people that did this put [out] records that weren’t that great,” Kruspe added. “So I like that idea, actually, to take breaks. Again, I think we will come back together. I love touring with Rammstein, and if somebody has a vision for a record, we’ll do another record.”

The band have not released a full-length studio album since 2009, when they unveiled Liebe Ist Für Alle Da, their sixth album, to critical acclaim. Despite the lack of new music from the industrial group, they have remained active on the live circuit, wrapping up their Made in Germany 1995-2001 tour last year.

Rammstein were one of the groups most in-demand for the upcoming instalment of Soundwave Festival, with promoter AJ Maddah previously indicating that he would try to book them. However, the promoter revealed back in May that the band would be taking 2015 off, now officially confirmed by the band.

Watch: Rammstein’s Richard Kruspe Horns Up Rocks Interview

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