(pronounced as "oomf") is a German rock
band that was formed in Wolfsburg, Germany
in 1989. The band is considered to be the original Neue Deutsche Härte
musical group. In the 22-year history of the band, there have been no line-up changes.
Early years (1989–2002)
OOMPH! incorporates many styles of music such as metal, industrial, alternative rock, electronica and gothic to create their sound. OOMPH!'s change of style between their self-titled debut
(1992) and its successor Sperm
(1994), leaning more heavily to a guitar
sound without giving up their electronic
roots, inspired numerous musicians, most famously Rammstein
to follow their lead.
OOMPH! released their first album on Jor
label, then releasing their consecutive albums on its sister label Dynamica
. They stayed with Jor, until his labels disappeared during the acquisition by Sanctuary Records
at around 1996/1997.
It was Virgin Schallplatten
where OOMPH! finally signed. Between 1998 and 2001 they released three albums on the Virgin label, Unrein
in 1998, which would become their debut album on the Media Control Charts
peaking at #37 and the Austrian top 40 at #38.
A single called Gekreuzigt
was released in 1998 to promote Unrein
and became the bands debut single on the German charts,... Read More