By Andy Doerschuk Published October 2, 2009
It’s telling that the literal translation of the German “ram stein” is “battering ram made of stone,” especially when you consider the drumming style of Christoph Schneider, who plays with multi-platinum German concept rockers Rammstein. Apparently, Schneider decided to enlist even more power into his setup by recently switching to Sabian cymbals. A founding member of the group — which tours and charts its high-powered, dark humored music and dramatic stage presence around the world — Schneider said the change came after recording Rammstein’s latest CD, Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (Love Is There For Everyone).
“I simply wanted to hear something new and powerful,” he said in Berlin. “I compared all the major brands, and I switched to Sabian because of the many different sounds, which are outstandingly unique, very human, and in some cases, brutally earthy. First I chose HHX, which sounds very dark and loud, like Rammstein. These cymbals also look incredible, especially the O-Zone, with all those holes. But then I discovered more … and more, so I’m playing also APX and AAX. These cymbals really do make me play better, but most importantly, I like the sound.”