The tenth full-length studio album by German Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band.
The tenth album by the hand of these Germans guarantees for something special. From rather Extreme and Dark in the early years of "Allegro Barbaro" and "Love Is All You Need", over crazy circusclowns on "Samurai", "Riders On The Storm" and "Licht", to a mature combination of both on "Moral & Wahnsinn" and "Tief. Tiefer"… What does the arrival of the Red Rider bring along?
So, on their tenth studio album and their twenty-second anniversary, “Die Reiter” take us on some sort of trip throughout the realm of Extreme Metal. Obviously, all these styles are but short fragments, as the true fans expect some real “Reitermania” in each song. This comes in the shape of a blend of Melodic Death Metal and hard Nu-Metal, with an obligatory wink to Rammstein every once in a while. "Hört Mich An" is a good example of this style. In strophes, the pace is high and the tone is hard, while on choruses and intermezzos, the pace somewhat drops in service of a more tranquil and epic atmosphere. Singer Fuchs’s vocals vary from epic and tormented over angry grunting up to cheerfully inciting, but always fizzing with energy. Clean piano is largely replaced by orchestral keyboards, but fortunately they are still present on songs such as "Franz Weiss" and "Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt".
All in all, this is a typical Reiter-album, which is always a guarantee for some fooleries here and there. The funny little xylophone on "Hört Mich An", ludicrous alien choirs reminding of Devin Townsend Project’s "March Of The Poozers" on "The Great Experience Of Ecstacy", "Die Freiheit Ist Eine Pflicht" and "Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt", hyperfast or estranging, distorted piano solos…
Lyrically, we can be brief: The Red Rider finally brings doom and apocalypse over the world, so abandon ship!
At the same time, "Der Rote Reiter" is a very mature album. Guitarplay and composition are the best we’ve heard from Die Apokalyptischen Reiter so far. "Folgt Uns" and especially "Herz In Flammen" are in many respects absolute and varied pearls. Catchy, hard, balanced, melancholic, innovative… On their tenth album, Die Reiter offer the best of their genre, with a little treat for anyone as long as it can be heavy and inspiring. You can’t really do any wrong by buying this album!!
Strictly Limited to 300 copies Clear Vinyl in Gatefold cover.
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2017 (NB 3914-1). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Wir Sind Zurück 3:57
2. Der Rote Reiter 4:51
3. Auf Und Nieder 2:56
4. Folgt Uns 3:56
5. Hört Mich An 4:33
6. The Great Experience Of Ecstasy 3:38
1. Franz Weiß 3:30
2. Die Freiheit Ist Eine Pflicht 3:28
3. Herz In Flammen 4:54
4. Brüder Auf Leben Und Tod 3:56
5. Ich Bin Weg 3:51
6. Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt 6:08
7. Ich Werd Bleiben 4:49
Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt
Total playing time: 54:27 min.