Neue Deutsche Härte

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Neue Deutsche Härte (German: [ˈnɔʏə ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈhɛʁtə]; lit. "New German Hardness"), sometimes shortened to NDH, is a style of rock music well known in Germany and Austria. It started from Neue Deutsche Welle and the term was used by the music press after the release of Rammstein's first album Herzeleid.[1]

Features[change | change source]

Neue Deutsche Härte is a crossover style from Neue Deutsche Welle, alternative metal, and groove metal. They merge it with elements from electro-industrial and techno music.[1] Most NDH bands have an electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals. They may also have keyboards, synthesizers, samples and sometimes drum machines. NDH uses guitars that are distorted and tuned low (drop D or drop C). In most NDH songs, there is an importance of showing predominance. This is done by overpronouncing some syllables and sounds (such as the uvular [sound made with the uvula] or alveolar trill [sound made with the tongue touching or near the alveolar]). The vocals are usually in German, sung by a deep, male voice.[1] Some bands use screaming and death growls, used in songs by Oomph!, Rammstein, Joachim Witt, Megaherz, and Eisbrecher.

History[change | change source]

The basics of the NDH style were set up by Oomph! on their second album, Sperm (1994), and by Rammstein with their first album Herzeleid (1995). Oomph!'s biggest impact was from groove metal bands such as Prong, Pantera, and Sepultura.[2] Rammstein, who takes inspiration from many bands, such as Depeche Mode and Ministry, is one of NDH's most influential bands. NDH is specially successful in continental Europe; Rammstein having sold almost four million records in Germany,[3] and earning gold and platinum records in Austria,[4] Belgium,[5] the Czech Republic,[6] Denmark,[7] the Netherlands,[8] Norway,[9] Poland,[10][11] Romania,[12] Sweden,[13] Switzerland,[14] and Finland.

Oomph! got a gold record for their 2004 single "Augen auf!" in Austria and Germany.[15][3] Eisbrecher's 2004 self-titled debut album came at No. 13 on the Deutschen Alternative Top 20 Chart, while their second album came at No. 85 on the German main chart.[16][17]

Cultural influence[change | change source]

In 2011, comedian and musician Bill Bailey released a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" in the NDH style.[18] The lyrics are directly translated, sparking controversy from German audiences.[19]

Music[change | change source]

Platz, Nym, and Balanck show Neue Deutsch Härte as a strong and powerful mix of German metal and hardcore influences and elements of techno – all coming together with the abilities of modern music production.

Bands[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Schmidt, Axel; Neumann-Braun, Klaus (2008) [First published 2004]. Die Welt der Gothics: Spielräume düster konnotierter Transzendenz [The World of the Gothics: Leeways of Darkly Connoted Transcendency] (in German) (2nd ed.). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / GWV Fachverlage GmbH. pp. 269–270. ISBN 978-3-531-15880-8. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  2. Uwe Rothhämel: Interview with Oomph! In: New Life Soundmagazine, Issue 5/94, Page 7, May 1994
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Gold/Platin Datenbank durchsuchen". Die deutschen Phonoverbände. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  4. "Gold und Platin Datenbank". IFPI Austria, Verband der Österreichischen Musik Wirstchaft. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  5. "Belgium Database". Charts français. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  6. "TIMELINE: October 28, 2005". RAMMSTEIN :: News. Archived from the original on August 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  7. "Guld og platin". IFPI Danmark – Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  8. "Goud/Platina Muziek". nvpi. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  9. "SØK I TROFÉER". IFPI Norsk platebransje. Archived from the original on 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  10. "Platinium certification awards". Związek Producentów Audio-Video. Archived from the original on November 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  11. "Gold certification awards". Związek Producentów Audio-Video. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  12. "Rammstein au primit Discul de Platina inainte de concertul din Romania". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  13. "GULD & PLATINA – År 2004". IFPI. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  14. "Search for: Rammstein". The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  15. "Gold und Platin Datenbank". IFPI Austria, Verband der Österreichischen Musik Wirstchaft. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  16. "Former MEGAHERZ Duo Launch EISBRECHER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  17. "EISBRECHER: 'Antikörper' Enters German Chart At No. 85". 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  18. "Scarborough Fair (Rammstein Style)". Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  19. "The Continuous/Progressive Aspect - German for English Speakers". Retrieved 23 Jul 2019.