Germany's Rammstein frontman says he 'hates' noise

BERLIN - The lead singer of German metal band Rammstein says he "hates noise" and likes to withdraw to the country to listen to the "phenomenal" sounds of nature, in an interview published Friday.

Till Lindemann, 49, who fronts the hard rock group whose lyrics have at times proved controversial, said that when bustling Berlin gets him down, he goes to his village in northern Germany to be with family and friends.

"I hate noise. I hate chatter. When I expose myself to that, it is sheer masochism. And so I have to protect myself from it. Noise drives you nuts. It kills you," he told the magazine supplement of Friday's Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

"I fish. I hunt. I gaze at the lake. I sleep at night in the woods and observe. I listen to nature. Phenomenal, what you hear at night in the woods.

It's indescribably lovely," he added.

In 2009 German authorities banned the sale of Rammstein's album to fans under 18 for what they deemed explicit sadomasochist lyrics.

The band, which formed in 1994 and takes its name from Ramstein, the site of a 1988 air crash, did a song about Armin Meiwes, a German man dubbed the "cannibal of Rotenburg" jailed in 2006 for killing and eating a willing victim.

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