Rammstein Explains Controversial Video As Family Values Cybercast Looms

Pyro-loving German techno metal outfit Rammstein has come under fire of a different kind lately for its new video.

The band's clip, for a cover of "Stripped" from the new Depeche Mode tribute album "For The Masses," is currently airing in Europe, where it is raising eyebrows for its use of footage from the 1938 film "Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations." The film was the work of Leni Riefenstahl, who was commissioned by Adolf Hitler to document the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

While many see the film as a piece of Nazi propaganda, others praise it as a visionary work, which is Rammstein's take on the matter. When MTV News caught up with the band on the Family Values tour, the band reiterated that they are not Nazis, and their use of the film had nothing to do with politics.

"This is not a political statement they want to make, but an aesthetic statement," guitarist Richard Kruspe told MTV News with the aid of a translator.

"The Riefenstahl film is internationally, also in America, recognized as a work of art and has received two Oscars." [28.8 RealVideo]

The film did not actually win two Oscars, but did earn best film honors at the 1938 Venice Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Rammstein and the rest of the Family Values tour will bring their show to the Internet when the tour's October 10 stop at San Francisco's Cow Palace is cybercast live at www.liveconcerts.com.

The tour will also be the subject of a multimedia feature that will pop up right here at MTV News Online on Friday.