Published Jun 16, 2010If the German metal band Rammstein were aiming to cause a controversy with their latest full-length, Liebe ist für alle da, then mission accomplished. The album, which came out in October of last year, was quickly banned from being displayed on shelves in Germany after censors objected to its graphic album cover, portraying the band preparing to carve up a naked woman on a banquet table (see above). Now, Rammstein have won an appeal to reverse the ruling, meaning that the offending album will be freely available once more.
As well as the covert art, Germany's office for the examination of media harmful to young people (BPjM), took exception to the song "Ich tu dir weh" (which translates as "I Want to Hurt You"). Claiming that the song and artwork glorified violence and unprotected sex, the organization banned the album from public display, requiring that it be sold under the counter to only people 18 or older. The band were also forbidden from playing "Ich tu dir weh" live.
Now, a German court has reversed the decision. According to Billboard, the court ruled that the BPjM didn't properly justify the ban and had not proven that the album would be harmful to children.
The BPjM plans to appeal this ruling, as spokesman Thomas Salzmann said, "We will certainly continue with the legal proceedings."
In the meantime, the album will be available in stores.
If the BPjM is looking to build a case against Liebe ist für alle da, we suggest that the group starts with the album's deluxe edition. Y'know, that one that comes with lube, handcuffs and six dildos.