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Christoph Schneider is the drummer for the German powerhouse heavy metal outfit Rammstein.
Christoph Schneider enjoyed music as a child and played the trumpet in school. When he received his first drum kit from his brother at the age of fourteen, Christoph Schneider found his rhythm. Christoph Schneider withdrew from high school and worked as a telecommunications assistant before he served in the East German Army. Following his time in the military, Christoph Schneider struggled to find his niche in the music world for several years. In 1994, Christoph Schneider discovered like-minded musicians Till Lindemann, Richard Kruspe, and Oliver Riedel.
Rammstein won an amateur musician contest in 1994 and were able to record a demo as the prize. Next, the group invited Paul Landers and Christian Lorenz to join up. After earning the devotion of fans with wild live performances, Rammstein released Herzeleid in 1995. They toured with Clawfinger in Poland and Czechoslovakia before they headlined their own tour through Germany in front of tens of thousands of fans. Their entire shows were replete with pyrotechnics, and the band dressed in outlandish costumes. Lead singer Lindemann occasionally performed entire songs while engulfed in flames. A combination of their live reputation and the album's popularity gained Rammstein international recognition, despite the fact that all of their lyrics were in German.
Rammstein's second album, Sehnsucht, quickly soared to the top of the German, Austrian, and Swiss charts. Word of the album soon spread throughout Europe and topped Billboard's Eurochart. Rammstein performed with Danzig, Nina Hagen, Joachim Witt, and Alaska at the Wuhleheide in Berlin in 1998. They went on to join Korn, Ice Cube, Orgy, and Limp Bizkit on the Family Values Tour in the U.S.
Rammstein recorded Mutter in southern France and released it in 2001. Their next studio album, Reise, Reise, was recorded in southern Spain and released in 2004. Following the release of the live album, Volkerball, Rammstein took a break in 2006. They reunited in 2007 to record tracks for their upcoming 2008 release.
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