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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – The Divine Horsemen Award winner

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
The Divine Horsemen
by Will Travers at 12 July 2021, 9:30 PM

Veteran German Heavy Metallers DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are back once more with a studio release “The Divine Horsemen”. Released at the start of July through Nuclear Blast Records I am sure the twelve track album will please fans of the Teutonic Rockers. The artwork for this release is just an absolute spectacle, seriously; there is just so much going on. It’s like an acid trip, on steroids after chugging a litre of Absinthe.

Opening the record is “Licked By The Tongues Of Pride” which propels the album to life, with some energetic Thrashy riffs, interspersed with melodic sections that just really take this track to the next level. Whilst it is undeniable the craftsmanship of each member with their instrument, the overall musical knowledge demonstrated alone in this opening track really does give me great hope for the rest to come. The use of harpsicord effects, particularly in the introductions of “Unter Der Asche” and “Erhelle Meine Seele” really adds another dimension to the music that can really help to develop and emphasise the heavier sections and deliver a rounded performance.

The aggressive and highly energetic music continues to flow through my speakers, and I just feel pumped up, the production value is so crisp that the sectional transitions are so clear and pleasant. In fact, give “Regret” a listen and you will be able to hear what I mean, and trust me, you will not be disappointed. I just want to hone in two more tracks; the first of these being “Hate”, and why have I chosen this track? Well, the musicianship on display throughout, I mean seriously, just listen to those guitar licks. It might be entitled “Hate” but it is absolutely sublime.

The final track I wish to look at, is the final track. “Vom Ende Der Welt”, now my German is not perfect (in fact its non existent) but I believe that is from the end of the world. And whilst it may not necessarily be the balls out, explosions and shit ending to a record that some people enjoy. At 10 minutes, it is an absolute epic. And everything about it musically I just love. The slow and deliberate pace, the unnerving atmospherics to the transitions into the well structured and deft instrumentals. What a statement to see out the record.

Overall, this is solid solid album. Whether you are an experienced metaller, or if you are stating to explore the depths of Heavy Metal then there is something in this record for you to enjoy.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Memorability: 8
Production: 10

4 Star Rating

1. Licked By The Tongues Of Pride
2. Unter Der Asche
3. Erhelle Meine Seele
4. Gone
5. Regret
6. Reitermania
7. Hate
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Geopfert
10. Rausch
11. Die Schönheit Der Sklaverei
12. Vom Ende Der Welt
Fuchs – Vocals / Guitars
Ady – Guitars
Volk-Man – Bass
Dr Pest – Keyboard
Sir G – Drums
Record Label: Nuclear Blast


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