Rammstein recorded Reise, Reise (meaning “journey”, but also an archaic Reveille) at the El Cortijo studio in southern Spain in November and December 2003, it was mixed at Toytown studio in Stockholm, Sweden in April and May 2004. The first single from the album was “Mein Teil”, released on 26 July 2004. The video was shot in the Arena, in the Treptow district of Berlin. Outdoor shooting took place at the Deutsche Oper (Opera House) U-Bahn station on Bismarckstrasse.
The director was Zoran Bihac, who also filmed the “Links 2 3 4” video. The video for “Amerika” was filmed on 6–7 August 2004 in the ruins of the former cement works in Rudersdorf near Berlin, Germany under the direction of Jorn Heitmann (who also directed the “Ich will” video, among others). The space suits for the moon scenes were borrowed from Hollywood and 240 tons of ash were needed to create the moon landscape. The video premiered on 20 August 2004.
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The second single from Reise, Reise was “Amerika”, released on 13 September 2004. With the album released on 27 September, it went straight to top 10 charts throughout Europe. According to the Billboard charts, Rammstein were now the most successful German-language band of all time. Rammstein then toured Germany through November and some of December 2004, releasing the single “Ohne dich” on 22 November. In February 2005, Rammstein toured Europe again.
By 28 February 2005, Rammstein had played 21 concerts in front of more than 200,000 spectators in ten countries. It was on this tour that the band was faced with several lawsuits resulting from severe fire breathing accidents involving audience members. “Keine Lust” was the fourth single released from Reise, Reise on 28 February 2005. From 27 May to 30 July 2005, Rammstein played festivals across Europe. Footage from these concerts eventually ended up on Rammstein’s live DVD Volkerball, released in November 2006.