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Germany (1991 – present)

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:WUMPSCUT: is an electro-industrial project from Germany. It was founded in May of 1991 by Bavarian disc jockey Rudy Ratzinger (born June 3, 1966).

Ratzinger has always been the main creative force behind :wumpscut:, occasionally employing the help of others as guest artists. Ratzinger cites the influence of such bands as Leæther Strip as his reason for making the transfer from DJing to recording music.

The release of the song “Soylent Green”, which is named after the 1973 movie and also contains audio samples from the German dubbed version, first attracted attention to :wumpscut:. Since its release in 1993, it has become a frequently played song at events and clubs in the gothic and industrial subcultures and its associated splinter groups, both in Germany and the United States.

So far Ratzinger has published numerous recordings and remixes for other artists. :wumpscut: is also very well known for elaborate box set releases including limited versions of a CD or LP release in a box with additional and often also limited bonus material (bonus tracks, “liquid soylent” energy drinks, posters, pins, stickers, bags, flags, etc.). :Wumpscut: albums are reissued regularly with variant artworks and occasionally bonus tracks. Standalone merchandise is also available such as caps, mugs, etc.

Rudy Ratzinger has to date released 13 studio albums plus a number of compilations comprising of demos, compilation tracks and remixes from deleted singles & EPs. The 13th :wumpscut: album is out in April 2010. It is titled ‘Siamese’.


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  • placerej

    bulwark bazooka (boring edition) [2] Protip: work on your next album at least two years and flesh your songs out a bit and give them some love instead of treating them as trash. People will eventually stop buying your albums when they sound uninspired.

    8 Jul 2:47pm Reply
  • Jaina999

    Embryodead ♥

    21 Jun 4:48pm Reply
  • DarkAnonym

    Loved tracks "Die in winter" and "Is it you".

    17 Jun 10:57pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Capital Punishment.... for me!

    26 May 9:32am Reply
  • versionfiv

    i started with embryodead and dried blood of gomorrha in 1998 and thats all i think is worth listening to. eevil young flesh and bunker gate 7 are ok. the rest is stupid garbage and gets worse every year. face it. lol i just saw allyour mortiis plays. i'm sorry man i don't mean to mock mentally deficient people.

    24 May 12:14am Reply

    There is no "new-old" :Wumpscut: ! Face it. The problem many people and especially new listeners can't get inside their heads. You either like :\\\\//\\\\//: or you don't ! I am not pounding my chests by claiming that i am an old-school fan. I even started with "Evoke" and liked his late works more. It's just a matter or taste really. Rudy is a one crazy son of a gun and that is why is respect his works so much. The crazier his music sounds, the better ! Also "Bulwark Bazooka" is an insane piece of work.

    10 May 12:31pm Reply
  • carolpaolars

    See it. Face it. The beast sleeps within you!

    8 May 7:36pm Reply
  • Aster666

    30 Apr 4:05am Reply
  • Zimmer34

    @ shraegian: Was erwartest du auch vom Stern? Eigentlich ist der Artikel sogar gemäßigt. Lies dir mal Artikel der Antifa durch, in denen es um Neofolk geht.

    26 Apr 10:51pm Reply
  • shraegian

    Boykottiert und bekämpft den "Stern"! Sagt allen Bekannten, sie sollen dieses Blatt nicht kaufen! Erfindet notfalls Lügen über dieses Hetzblatt! Ein verlogener boshafter Artikel:

    26 Apr 9:33pm Reply
  • FreeMHZ

    bulwark bazooka (boring edition)

    16 Apr 4:09pm Reply
  • inflikkt

    that said im enjoying the new release. nothing wumpscut has done in the past 5-10 years has been dumbfounding like his earlier work but i still enjoy it. Furunkel Lolita sounded great. Rubber Corpse sounded kinda like wumpscut gone faderhead to me XD lol, but it was alright. cheers wumpfans

    10 Apr 11:32am Reply
  • inflikkt

    wumpscut is the most unique and creative act in the entirety of industrial and ebm music imo... falling right under skinny puppy. if you are into derivative aggrotech like suicide commando, thats fine and i enjoy it too, but wumpscut is much more *interesting*. its in a class of its own. on the other hand, suicide commandos are dime a dozen

    10 Apr 11:25am Reply
  • xXPostal-DudeXx

    Nah. I listened to some tracks but I never got into the music. Sounds boring to me so I stopped listening and just avoid his releases.

    5 Apr 8:35pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    ich mache dich TOT

    5 Apr 4:30pm Reply
  • Punky260

    xXPostal-DudeXx in a nutshell: "I dont like :Wumpscut: so I dont listen to it. Wow, you could have said that with less words. If you WOULD listen closely you would find all the differences between every release and that you can hear the development in many release.

    2 Apr 10:10pm Reply
  • xXPostal-DudeXx

    To be honest I never really listened to him. Its not bad but always the same and boring sound. Probably because he releases too much. Every year 1 Album is too much if you ask me. And because he already released 20 albums or something like that he runs out of ideas. Interesting album cover and booklet designs I have to say but thats the only positive I can say. And another thing are all those reissues and special editions... Actually I like the idea of having reissues and special editions but I think this guy pushes it to a new level and because I dont really like his sound there is not even a reason to buy them. Maybe I should spent more time with his music but to be honest I dont even have to mood for it. Soooo many releases and so many boring tracks. Even if there are some good between them its still boring. Its more for persons who want to chill I think. I like the hard rhythms like Suicide Commando more. Oh btw there is a new album announced!

    29 Mar 4:56pm Reply
  • Lusildo

    hah every time I see Rudy's photo gallery I think, "Hmmm why so selfie, this guy must have no friends" XD foreveralone forever ))

    9 Mar 9:31am Reply

    this man is a true artist, he doesn't seem to give a crap about what other people like or want, he just creates art, art is something that cannot be forced or coaxed. keep doing what you do, man!

    25 Jan 9:24pm Reply
  • Industri4lBitch

    23 Jan 8:24am Reply
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