Emigrate (band)

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Emigrate's frontman Richard Kruspe in January 2010
Emigrate's frontman Richard Kruspe in January 2010
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresIndustrial metal, alternative metal[1]
Years active2005–2008, 2011–present
LabelsSpinefarm Records
MembersRichard Kruspe
Sky Van Hoff
Henka Johansson
Past membersHenka Johansson

Emigrate is an American industrial metal band based in New York City, led by German Richard Kruspe, the lead guitarist of the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.


Kruspe started the band in 2005, writing songs with ex-wife Caron Bernstein, when Rammstein decided to take time off from touring and recording. Kruspe has previously stated that the idea for Emigrate came to him around Rammstein's Mutter era.

On September 5, 2006, members of the Rammstein.de newsletter were sent an invitation to the Emigrate newsletter and given the chance to download the song "Wake Up", a sneak peek of the upcoming album. Three song samples were also posted on Emigrate's website: "My World", "Babe", and "Temptation". Fans voted "Babe" as being their favorite, and newsletter recipients were allowed to download "Babe" in its entirety starting November 29, 2006.[2] Babe is the only one of these songs where the subject matter, a parents unconditional love for their child, is not Bernstein's point of view, as she didn't have any children at the time. Kruspe then explained exactly how he felt and she turned his feelings into lyrics. As opposed to "My World" which is entirely about her feelings of her life as it related to her world. On May 21, 2007, Emigrate's official website opened and "My World" was made available for download in its entirety to newsletter subscribers.

The video for "My World" has been released and can be viewed on the official website. The video was also included on the limited edition release of the album Emigrate. In addition to the video, "My World" is featured on the soundtracks to the third Resident Evil movie, Resident Evil: Extinction and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet. The soundtracks to the previous two movies contained "Halleluja" and "Mein Teil" from Rammstein, respectively. On July 27, 2007, Kruspe made an appearance on Bruce Dickinson's rock show on BBC.[3] A video for "New York City" has been released. Kruspe then left the Emigrate project aside due to Rammstein reuniting in the fall of 2007 to work on their new album Liebe ist für alle da which was released in October 2009, and also to take part in the subsequent Rammstein tour.

Joe Letz, who had appeared in the video for "My World", updated the Emigrate Facebook page on June 24, 2011, stating that Kruspe had been working on a new record.

On December 5, 2012, an announcement posted on the Emigrate Facebook page announced that demos were being recorded and reviewed, and studio time was being set up in January 2013 to begin official recording of an untitled second album.

In January 2013, Kruspe stated via the Emigrate Facebook page that drums were beginning to be mixed for the new record.

In January 2014, Kruspe, on the Emigrate Facebook page, posted that twenty tracks had been recorded for Emigrate and that mixing would be performed in Los Angeles, California, alongside Ben Grosse, with a projected release in the summer of 2014. On March 7, 2014, Kruspe announced the second album was complete and he is departing back to Berlin.

On July 22, 2014, a post was made to Emigrate's official Facebook page with a teaser trailer to Emigrate's new album, titled Silent So Long and an official release date of October 17, 2014.[4]

On December 9, 2014, Emigrate's second album titled Silent So Long was released.[5]

On July 26, 2018, a post on the official Facebook page announced the upcoming filming of a new music video with guests Benjamin Kowalewicz and Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent, inviting applications to participate in the recording.[6]

Emigrate's third album, A Million Degrees, was released on November 30, 2018.[7]


Current members

  • Richard Kruspe – lead guitar, lead vocals, keyboards (2005–present)
  • Sky Van Hoff – bass (2018-present)
  • Henka Johansson – drums (2005–2008, 2021-present)

Regular guest members

  • Joe Letz – live drums (2007–present)
  • Andrea Marino – live keyboards (2021–present)
  • Alice Lane – live bass (2021–present)

Former members

  • Margaux Bossieux – bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005-2018)
  • Arnaud Giroux – bass, backing vocals (2005-2018)
  • Olsen Involtini – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005–2018)
  • Mikko Sirén – studio drums (2013–2018)



Year Title Chart positions
2007 Emigrate 8 18 28 41 29 59 47
2014 Silent So Long 28 30 55 119
2018 A Million Degrees 30 38 70 166
2021 The Persistence Of Memory


Year Title Chart positions Album
2007 "My World" Emigrate
New York City 14
2008 "Temptation"
2014 Eat You Alive Silent So Long
2018 1234 A Million Degrees
You Are So Beautiful
2019 War
2021 Freeze My Mind The Persistence Of Memory


  • My World
    Features Richard Kruspe on vocals and lead guitar, Arnaud Giroux on bass, Joe Letz on drums, and Margaux Bossieux on rhythm guitar.
  • New York City
    Directed by the same director of "My World".
  • Eat You Alive
    Features Richard Kruspe on vocals and lead guitar, Arnaud Giroux on rhythm guitar, Joe Letz on drums, Margaux Bossieux on bass, and Frank Dellé of Seeed on guest vocals.
  • 1234
    Features Richard Kruspe on vocals and lead guitar, Joe Letz on drums, Margaux Bossieux on bass, and Benjamin Kowalewicz and Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent on guest vocals and rhythm guitar respectively.
  • War[12]


  1. ^ "EMIGRATE - A Million Degrees". Rock Hard (in German). Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pilgrim Management – Emigrate". Retrieved November 29, 2006.
  3. ^ "Herzeleid.com". Retrieved June 8, 2007.
  4. ^ "Rammstein Guitarist's Emigrate: More 'Silent So Long' Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. August 28, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Emigrate Website". December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Facebook: Emigrate Videocasting
  7. ^ "A million degrees". EMP Mail order UK Ltd. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Discographie Emigrate". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Emigrate – A Million Degrees". hitparade.ch. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Discographie Emigrate". austriancharts.at. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Lescharts: Emigrate discography
  12. ^ "Emigrate - War (Official Video)". Retrieved March 29, 2019.

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