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Oomph! is a Germanmarker Neue Deutsche Härte band that was formed in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1989 and is often considered to be the original NDH band. In the 20 year history of the band, there have been no line up changes.

Band History

Early Years 1989-2004

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-driven metal sound without ever giving up their electronic roots, inspired numerous musicians, most famously Rammstein, Megaherz & Eisbrecher to follow their lead.

Oomph! released their first album on Jor's Machinery 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 of 1998, Plastik in 1999 and Ego from 2001 , fulfilling their contract, but did not continue, feeling that the record company never fully explored their potential. With the benefits of major-label status however, Oomph! gained a larger following, and toured with labelmates Skunk Anansie in 1999, later opening for the Finnish rock band HIM.

Wahrheit oder Pflicht & GlaubeLiebeTod 2004-2007

In 2004 Oomph! released their first single "Augen Auf!" (Eyes Open!) on a new label, this time on Supersonic Records, part of the Sony BMG group of music companies, from their 8th album Wahrheit oder Pflicht. It marks their first Number One hit ever in Germany, thus eventually bringing forth their major commercial breakthrough. Their 8th album hit number 2 in the Media Control Charts. Augen Auf became part of the FIFA 2005 soundtrack.

The band's ninth record, GlaubeLiebeTod (FaithLoveDeath) was released in March 2006, including the controversial single Gott ist ein Popstar! (God Is a Pop Star), its follow-up Das letzte Streichholz, Die Schlinge and Träumst Du?.

In August 2006 Virgin Schallplatten released the compilation album 1998-2001: Best of Virgin Years. It contains tracks from Oomph!'s three Virgin albums and few rarities including Monolith, This Time (previously released only on Unsere Rettung single), Niemand, Swallow (unplugged) as well as live versions of Gekreuzigt (Crucified) and Unsere Rettung (Our Salvation). The band distanced itself from this best-of release and asked the fans not buy it as the band's current label GUN had scheduled a best-of compilation as well.

On 1 December 2006, Oomph!'s official best-of called Delikatessen (Delicacies) was released under the GUN label. The songs on it were hand-picked by the band itself. It contains tracks from all nine Oomph! albums, b-sides, remixes and never-heard before tracks like The Power of Love and Gekreuzigt'06. It is available in a single disk form with 19 tracks, and a limited edition two-disk digipack with the original 19 tracks plus a second disk with 19 more b-sides and remixes. By 17 November 2006, Oomph! released those two songs in a form of double single to promote the new compilation release.

On 9 February 2007, the band released their final GlaubeLiebeTod single - Träumst Du?, featuring Marta Jandová in the song. Along with the female vocalist from Die Happy, the single would peak at number 9 in the media control charts. Oomph! performed the song live the same day at the 2007 edition of Bundesvision Song Contest, representing Lower Saxonymarker in the competition, coming in first place.

Rohstoff, Monster & Upcoming 11th Studio Album 2007-present

Oomph!'s first DVD was Rohstoff, which contains live footage consisting of 23 songs, most of the videos the band has created, making-of videos, and an exclusive interview. The DVD was released on July 20, 2007. Later, a new song called "Wach Auf!" appeared in the movie Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem; the single was released on 4 January 2008.

Oomph!'s latest album, Monster, was released on August 22, 2008, and hit the Media Control Charts at number 8. The band wrote 25 new songs, of which only 13 made it on the album. The band's most successful single from the new album is Labyrinth, released in September 2008, which peaked at number 26 in the Media Control Charts. The remaining tracks will be released as B-sides on the upcoming singles. The first was Sandmann, released in February 2009. Monster was reissued in June 2009 to include Sandmann.

The band currently plans to release a best-of with their german songs re-recorded in english early 2010 and later the same year they are going to release a new studio album.

Band Members




Studio albums

Compilation albums



Music Videos

  • 1994:Sex
  • 1998:Gekreuzigt
  • 1999:Das Weiße Licht
  • 1999:Fieber
  • 2001:Supernova
  • 2001:Niemand
  • 2004:Augen Auf!
  • 2004:Brennende Liebe
  • 2004:Sex Hat Keine Macht
  • 2006:Gott Ist Ein Popstar
  • 2006:God Is a Popstar
  • 2006:Das Letzte Streichholz
  • 2006:Die Schlinge
  • 2006:Gekreuzigt '06"
  • 2006:The Power Of Love
  • 2007:Träumst Du?
  • 2008:Wach Auf!
  • 2008:Beim Ersten Mal Tuts Immer Weh
  • 2008:Auf Kurs
  • 2008:Labyrinth
  • 2009:Sandmann


  • Upperworld - Syntec
  • Ich sehe dich - Such A Surge
  • L 'Oasis - La Floa Maldita
  • Good God (The Mixes) - Korn
  • Und...ich lauf - Joachim Witt
  • Painful Reconstructed EP- Sin
  • Freedom - De/Vision
  • Sheila - Rauhfaser
  • Here Comes The Pain - Farmer Boys
  • Silver Surger - Such A Surge
  • Keilerkopf I - Keilerkopf
  • Hülle - Keilerkopf
  • Traumschloss - Keilerkopf
  • Monochrom - Herzer
  • Glas - Herzer
  • Supergestört und Superversaut - Joachim Witt
  • Krieger - And One
  • Ernten Was Wir Säen - Die Fantastischen Vier


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