Rammstein’s “Angst” Lyrics Meaning
It has been inferred, via its music video, that this song (“Angst”) is political in nature. And such an idea has been verified by a prominent professor of German Literature who did a complete study on “Zeit”, the album this track is derived from.
The “Black Man” referred to in the lyrics is actually the German equivalent of the boogeyman. In other words, it is a fictional entity that German parents – or more specifically, according to the first verse, fathers – use to scare their children into behaving as instructed even when daddy is not around to watch them.
The Lyrics of “Angst”
Fundamentally, what this song is putting forth is that being inculcated with such fear in our youth is not a good thing. But why? Simply because since “the Black Man” doesn’t actually exist, what we end up doing is developing the practice of guarding ourselves against threats that aren’t really out there.
Or, have you ever heard how some people say that the letters in the word fear stand for false evidence appearing real? That is the concept Rammstein is speaking to on this song, i.e. being stricken with an unfounded fright, particularly in relation to your fellow man. So as illustrated in the second verse, this may result in some people being afraid of strangers. Or as presented in the pre-chorus and once again going back to the political connotation behind this song, such fear can even result in something like group violence or warfare.
So even though the term “Black Man”, as utilized, is also founded in an old school game children play in Germany, it is still interesting that Rammstein decided to use such terminology. For as we all know, Black people have a tendency to be demonized in many countries, i.e. people growing to fear them based on stereotypes, how they are portrayed in the media or what have you.
And even though this song does not appear to have any specific racial component, that is exactly the type of ignorance, if you will, that Rammstein is speaking to. If a person or people let the potential of a threat overtake them, they may find themselves rather becoming the “evil”, so to speak, that they fear.
Date of Release of “Angst”
Vertigo/Capitol, which is part of the Universal Music Group, made this song public on 29 April 2022. Upon release, it became the third single from Rammstein’s album “Zeit”. Other singles from this album include: “Zeit” and “Zick Zack“.
Rammstein is a heavy metal band from Germany that has, as time progressed, proven increasingly popular in other parts of the world outside of their homeland. For instance, the group’s previous studio album, “Untitled” (2019) was their first to break the top 10 of the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200. This is on top of the album being their sixth consecutive to reach number 1 in Germany.
Credits for “Angst”
Rammstein is a sextet consisting of the following:
- Christoph Schneider
- Christian Lorenz
- Oliver Riedel
- Paul Landers
- Richard Kruspe
- Till Lindemann
All of the names above are individually credited as writers of this song. Furthermore, the entire band, as a unit, produced “Angst”. They did so alongside Olsen Involtini.
The music video to this track, as is usual with Rammstein, proved to be a cinematic and artistic affair. The clip was directed by Robert Gwisdek.