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Rammstein singer Till Lindemann releases solo single

After a successful tour, the Rammstein frontman is releasing a single as a solo artist, Lindemann. The video for the song "Steh auf" features — unsurprisingly for the shock rocker — scenes of violence.

For his new single released on September 13, Rammstein singer Till Lindemann repeated the strategy employed by his band a few months ago by posting a 30-second teaser to his new single two days ahead of its release. "Steh auf" (Stand up) however didn't grab the same kind of media attention as the teaser to "Deutschland," which caused controversy for featuring the musicians dressed up as concentration camp prisoners.

The new video shows an emotional Lindemann and his musicians performing in an empty ballroom; they suddenly appear in a red seclusion room, crazy-looking and all dressed in white. After a face-off, Lindemann is thrown into a glass basin filled with water, where he drowns. Cut to scenes of medieval torture, with a victim being dragged by a galloping horse, and you get an idea of the type of violence that makes up the clip.

It was already viewed over 30,000 times within 10 minutes of its release on Friday at 5 p.m.  

Read more:  Rammstein: Sons of East German punk

Lindemann's previous release as solo artist was in 2015

For the album, which was completed in August, the 56-year-old has reunited with Swedish music producer Peter Tägtgren. In 2015, the two musicians brought out the album Skills in Pills under the name Lindemann. It reached the top of album charts in Germany.

The album's release date has not yet been revealed.

Supporting equal rights through provocation

Till Lindemann and his Rammstein bandmates justcompleted their European stadium tour  a few weeks ago, making headlines several times throughout the tour.

In Moscow, for example, guitarists Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers kissed onstage in support of LGBTQ rights; Russia is renowned for its homophobic laws. They also demonstrated their commitment to the gay and lesbian movement by waving a rainbow flag in Poland.

Rammstein is planning another European tour for 2020; it is already nearly sold out.

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