Neue Deutsche Härte
("new German hardness", ) is a genre of industrial metal
. The term was invented by the German music press after the release of the debut album Herzeleid
(1995) by Rammstein
It is a crossover
style that is influenced by industrial metal
, German rock
, hard rock
, and groove metal
combining it with elements from electronic music
. The lyrics are generally in German
, sometimes with Latin
words or terms. It uses the basic setup of instruments for metal, electric guitar
, bass guitar
, with keyboard
. Emphasis is on a demonstration of predominance, by over-pronouncing certain syllables
and letters (such as the uvular trill
). The vocals are thus dominantly presenting in deep, male, and clean voice. Screaming is also common, being heard in certain songs by Oomph!
, Samsas Traum
NDH imagery is often violent, and sometimes Satanic or militaristic, the latter is especially common among the more industrial-sounding bands. However, lovelorn lyrics are not uncommon and subject matter can be very diverse.Oomph!
, formed in 1989, established the rudiments of the style on their second album, Sperm
(1994). Rammstein is the style's most famous and successful practitioner. The style is especially successful in continental......