Neue Deutsche Härte

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Neue Deutsche Härte (abbrev: NDH) is a sub/combination genre of Rock / Industrial / Gothic / Heavy Metal / Groove Metal / Electro Industrial / Techno and Neue Deutsche Welle music.

The term translates into "New German Hardness" and it alludes to the style of Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave. It was coined by the music press after the 1995 release of Rammstein's album Herzeleid.


The rudiments of the NDH style were established by Oomph! on their seminal second album, Sperm (1994).

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As well as by Rammstein with their first album Herzeleid (1995).

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In those days, Oomph!'s biggest influence was Groove Metal bands such as Prong, Pantera and Sepultura. Rammstein, who took inspiration from a wide array of bands including Depeche Mode and Ministry, is the genre's most famous and successful practitioner.

NDH is especially successful in continental Europe; Rammstein have sold nearly four million records in Germany, while accumulating gold and platinum records in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and Finland.

Oomph! achieved a gold record for their 2004 "Augen Auf!" single in Austria and Germany. Eisbrecher's 2004 self-titled debut album entered at No. 13 on the Deutschen Alternative Top 20 Chart, while the group's second album (Antikörper) reached the No. 85 position on the German main chart.

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Other NDH groups include: Megaherz, Stahlhammer, StahlMann, Fleischmann, and others.

Musical Characteristics

Neue Deutsche Härte describes a crossover style that is influenced by New German Wave, Alternative Metal and Groove Metal combining it with elements from Electro Industrial and Techno. The lyrics are generally in German. NDH uses the basic setup of instruments for metal:- electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals, along with keyboard, synthesizers, samples and sometimes additional percussion. Emphasis is on a demonstration of predominance, by over-pronouncing certain syllables and letters (such as the uvular or alveolar trill). The vocals are thus dominantly presenting in deep, male, and clean voice. Some bands use screaming and death growls, which is also common, being heard in certain songs by Oomph!, Rammstein, Stahlhammer, Samsas Traum and Megaherz. NDH imagery is often strongly masculine and militaristic. Guitars are tuned low, usually to drop D or C, and are generally heavily distorted.

Some Artists

Listed here are some artists that have been credited to this genre, we fully understand that people will have mixed opinions about what should and shouldn't be included within a genre, so this list has been compiled from what others have said.



Die Krupps




Hanzel und Gretyl



L'Âme Immortelle

Letzte Instanz



Omega Lithium



Samsas Traum





Terminal Choice

Umbra et Imago

Ultra Vomit