Richard Kruspe Reveals More Details Regarding New Emigrate Album

Rammstein guitarist side project's "Silent So Long" will be relased on October 21 and will feature Lemmy and Jonathan Davis.

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Emigrate, the side project of Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, will release its sophomore album, "Silent So Long," on October 21 via Spinefarm, Blabbermouth reports.

The CD, which was produced by the Emigrate bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (Disturbed), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller Peaches and Frank Delle from chart-topping German collective Seeed.

As with the debut, Kruspe adds to his guitar playing/songwriting duties by stepping up to the mic.

"I didn't write the songs with specific guests in mind," explains Kruspe, "I just thought who would do the best job on this or that track, and the final performances were everything I was hoping for. You know, I've had about five moments in my music career when I've been left smiling like a child - one was when Rammstein sold out New York's Madison Square Garden in 20 minutes [2010], but the last one was hearing Lemmy on tape. It just sounds f--king great! I wrote him a really long message and he came back, 'Alright!' Fantastic!"

For Kruspe, still firmly ensconced within the Rammstein ranks, Emigrate has never been a side or a solo project. Preferring to tap into the energy of a team, and looking to revive the collaborative spirit of the East German punk scene he grew from, the guitarist has always put value on those around him, and this time - in addition to the existing personnel of guitarist/producer Olson Involtini and bassist/co-conspirator Arnaud Giroux - he's joined by drummers Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) and Joe Letz (Combichrist).

While "Emigrate" saw Kruspe, a restless creative spirit, proving that he could take on a new set of challenges, the follow-up adds fresh layers in terms of invention, emotion and contemporary sheen, with Margaux Bossieux - previously of New York punk band Dirty Mary - providing telling backing vocals throughout; crafted with care in Kruspe's own Berlin studio plus the old radio building on the city's Nalepa Street, the latter enhanced by an extra control room's worth of gear, "Silent So Long" is another bold step forward, with both music and (English) lyrics showing no desire to be corralled, and Kruspe the guitarist happy to let rip where the music demands.

Says Kruspe: "For me, it was important to reach a new level of songwriting, singing and production, and I can honestly say we made it."

"Silent So Long" track listing:

01. Eat You Alive (featuring Frank Delle)
02. Get Down (featuring Peaches)
03. Rock City (featuring Lemmy Kilmister)
04. Hypothetical
05. Rainbow
06. Born on My Own
07. Giving Up
08. My Pleasure
09. Happy Times10. Faust11. Silent So Long (featuring Jonathan Davis)

A teaser for "Silent So Long" is available below.

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    I'd rather hear R+ new material, but this is gonna be interesting too.
    Expect a new Rammstein album at least in late-2015, probably even 2016..
    I don't really expect to see another R+ album at all. Another gig would really please me. There's nothing better than a Rammstein gig.
    The saddest thing I felt when LIFAD came out was that these guys are gonna take another break after releasing the next record. And what makes me even more sad is that one day R+ will stop making music.
    I'm very interested in hearing the new album. I enjoyed the first attempt from Emigrate however, the riff in the "teaser" clip sounds too much like Rammstein. I've always been weary about hearing an already established musicians side project due to the fact that it usually doesn't venture too far from their main bands music. At least not enough to make it interesting and "new". Hopefully Richard allows himself to really explore a creative side he's not allowed to express in Rammstein.
    Something to remember going into Emigrate for those who haven't heard them, these are literally Rammstein ideas that Richard had that the band didn't like. I remember reading an interview about that, but regardless I am beyond excited for the RZ Wall of sound!!!