Oomph! poster


April 26, 2010 20:00, 4 hours
Verein Forum Wien Arena
Baumgasse 80

OOMPH! Bio Status: April 2009

Since the beginning of their now 20-year career, OOMPH! have remained an innovative driving force on the German rock scene. Their EBM-style debut in 1992 received kudos worldwide and the single “Ich bin Du” (‘I Am You’) shot into the Top Ten of the Independent Charts. Not content to rest on their laurels despite such early success, Dero (vocals, drums), Crap (guitar, keyboards) and Flux (guitar, sampling) have constantly been in search of new musical horizons, and they quickly began experimenting with hard riffs as one of the very first bands to mix electronic grooves with distorted guitars. Their innovative sound, described by America’s Billboard Magazine as “Sepultura meets DAF”, wins the band not only critical acclaim, but also a wealth of new fans in both the rock/metal scene and the dance/goth camp. They also influence numerous other groups – not least of which Rammstein. In the years that follow, OOMPH! continue to develop their sound and make the leap to major label Virgin. Hits such as “Das weiße Licht” (‘The White Light’), “Fieber” (‘Fever’, a duet with Nina Hagen) and “Niemand” (‘No One’) consistently broaden the German trio’s fanbase and chart success. With their switch to GUN Records and the Platinum single “Augen auf” (‘Open Your Eyes’) from the Platinum album “Wahrheit oder Pflicht” (‘Truth Or Dare’), 2004 signals the year in which they make their large-scale mainstream breakthrough, crossing over far beyond the barriers of any particular scene borders. OOMPH! are in heavy radio rotation day and night, make numerous TV appearances, receive the highly coveted radio audience voting prize Eins Live Krone and are quite simply everywhere you look. The follow-up single “Brennende Liebe” (‘Burning Desire’), a spine tingling duet featuring Dero and Sonja Kraushofer from Austrian goth icons L´âme Immortelle, continues this success with a Top Ten chart position. Their next album, “GlaubeLiebeTod” (‘FaithLoveDeath’), continues their triumphant march and enters the Top Five of the German album charts. The single “Gott ist ein Popstar” (‘God Is A Pop Star’), with its critical take on religion and the media unleashes a tidal wave of controversy resulting in the band being banned by TV broadcaster RTL from the 2006 Echo Prize show, Germany’s answer to the Grammys. The absurdity of this farce takes on a surreal touch as OOMPH! are nominated in the following year for the Echo top album prize with the very same album, including the allegedly offensive single! But the censors are powerless against the band’s massive fanbase, which remains steadfastly loyal to band through thick and thin. 2007 sees OOMPH! participate and take home the top prize with another duet featuring female singer Marta Jandová from German chart-toppers Die Happy in the highly-rated “Bundesvision Songcontest” sponsored by major TV broadcaster Pro7. This consistent media presence brings the band to the attention of other media segments, resulting in Dero, Crap and Flux providing the synchronization voices for the action-adventure game “Memento Mori”. The computer game is a rousing success, as is their almost simultaneously released album “Monster”, spearheaded by the unforgettable single “Labyrinth”, both of which land effortlessly in the Top Ten. Their subsequent headline tour is a triumphant march through venues sold-out virtually everywhere they go.

20 years of OOMPH! – A remarkable career that’s nowhere near finished!


Album Discography:

  • Oomph! (1992)
  • Sperm (1994)
  • Wunschkind (1996)
  • 1991–1996 The Early Works (Best Of, 1998)
  • Unrein (1998)
  • Plastik (1999)
  • Ego (2001)
  • Wahrheit oder Pflicht (2004)
  • GlaubeLiebeTod (2006)
  • Best of Virgin Years (Best Of, 2006)
  • Delikatessen (Best Of, 2006)
  • Monster (2008)

DVD Discography:

  • Best Of Virgin Years (Clips, 2006)
  • Rohstoff (Live, 2007)