Nowadays, with total globalization, worldwide custom products and relatively open access to an information, language barrier hardly seems to be a problem. Especially with online translators. Especially for music. But, surprising for me, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter aren’t so famous in the world, as they deserve it and still got the biggest fanbase within their homeland – Germany. Maybe, likely, it’s because of German in which they sing (although after their colleagues Rammstein phenomenon it is also doesn’t seems to be a problem). Nevertheless, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter continue performing and recording albums that released by one of the biggest metal label – Nuclear Blast Records. And on August, 25 their tenth album ‘Der Rote Reiter’ have seen the light.
‘Der Rote Reiter’ includes 13 songs that have everything that metalhead need. Here we got thrash, black and death metal elements; here we got double pedal and blast beats; here we got fast paced songs with clean and harsh vocals. And melody, of course. A lots of it. It is an album’s cornerstone.
‘Der Rote Reiter’ is very deverse and versatile. Beside metal here we have also epic acts (“Hört Mich An”, “Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt”), some classic ballad “Ich Werd Bleiben” and a little poppy sound “Auf Und Nieder” on which there was shoot a video in two versions – censored and uncensored (however, as for me it’s better to watch beautiful naked body that move with a music than pictures from news and hate in social networks).
Musicians’ diversity and fantasy here also in songs structure. The brightest example, perhaps, is a “Franz Weiss”: punk metal and piano solo? You are welcome, sir! What is more, it sounds organic and connected, not as two pieces that played together with some unclear goal.
But ‘Der Rote Reiter’ fascination even not in its diversity, melody and elements connection: every song in an album is catchy! It makes you press “repeat” and re-listen these songs separately or as a whole album. And this, maybe, the main manifestation of Fuchs, Ady, Volk-Man, Dr.Pest and Sir G. talent. Because just make songs in a different style and put them together in one album – that’s what many bands do. Especially nowadays, when the crowd wants a variety. But make these songs catchy and memorable (especially when these are not some trivial pop music patterns) – such skill is very expansive. With it, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter always had this skill.
And it doesn’t matter what exactly you like in metal: melody, brutality, folk or 80’s ballads – all of this is present in ‘Der Rote Reiter’.