»Der Rote Reiter« führt seine musikalischen Heerscharen in die Schlacht. Mit ihm feierten DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER 2017 eine fulminante Heimkehr. So entfesselt, ungestüm und kraftvoll hat die Band lange Zeit nicht mehr geklungen. In einem apokalyptischen Soundgewand gelingt ihnen der Spagat zwischen Hoffnung und Untergang. Die infernalische Wucht und die Intensität der Songs, gepaart mit Lust und Spielfreude, sind die Eckpfeiler des zehnten REITER-Studioalbums. Das Album ist leidenschaftlich und extrem in jeder Hinsicht.«
»Der Rote Reiter« steht genau für den Sound, wofür DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER geliebt werden. Die Fans katapultierten das Album auf Platz 10 der deutschen Albumcharts.
ALBUM REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS
METAL HAMMER – 7/7
"Die kreative Pause hat der Band hörbar gutgetan: Sänger Fuchs brilliert in tiefsten und erhabensten Tönen, die Riffs sägen raffiniert, und die Songs und Melodien setzen sich tief im Ohr fest. Ein einmalig lebensbejahendes, kraftvolles Metal-Album! Willkommen zurück – bitte bleibt."
METAL.DE – 9/10
"Möglicherweise haben wir es hier sogar mit dem stärksten Album der Weimarer überhaupt zu tun. Die kreative Pause hat der Band augenscheinlich aller bestens getan, ohne Zweifel! Und eines ist überdeutlich: DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER haben wieder richtig Bock auf Metal. Dabei wird aber dennoch nicht auf die bandtypischen einprägsamen Refrains verzichtet. Was für ein Comeback, was für ein Ritt!!!"
LEGACY – 14/15
"Es gibt raue Rammler, epische Hymnen, eine gefühlvolle Ballade, typische REITER-Hits, tolle Soli, harte Riffs, anspruchsvolle Parts, abgedrehte Keys, loungiges Klavier, druckvolle Drums, singende Gitarren, Füchsenchs Growls und den typisch-sympathisch-erhabenen Klargesang – kurzum: lauter tolle Sachen. Und das Beste: Sie fügen sich zusammen zu einem ehrlichen Album voller Sehnsucht, Lust, Melancholie und Optimismus – kurzum: „Der rote Reiter“ macht glücklich."
ROCK HARD – 9/10
"Insbesondere Fans dieser Ära (also vermutlich alle), die beim Hören des letzten Albums „Tief.Tiefer“ bestenfalls Fragezeichen in den Augen hatten, dürften Luftsprünge machend im Endzeitgalopp um ihre Stereoanlage tanzen, wenn sie „Der Rote Reiter“ zum ersten Mal hören."
DEAF FOREVER – 8/10
"'The Great Experience Of Ecstasy´ ist locker der härteste Reitersong seit “All You Need Is Love”, und ´Hört mich an´ vermittelt endlich, ENDLICH wieder ein tatsächlich apokalyptisches Gefühl – das Quintett hat Bock auf Krawall! Die Reiter sind zurück."
“DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are back. Merciless, fresh and brimming with the joy of playing. They overcome the difficult balancing act of marrying restless heaviness and graceful beauty with complete ease!” Alexander Dietz/HEAVEN SHALL BURN (co-producer, fan)
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER from Weimar, Germany are one of the most exciting bands of our times. With influences from the very beginnings of extreme metal, combined with heroic melodies and bite, they focus on passionate playing and exude high energy, with their lyrics covering a broad spectrum from love to downfall. The REITER-effect goes far beyond just the musical aspects though. REITER fans can be identified by “Reitermania”, which causes wild and intense live shows. Some fans can even tell the story of floating over hundreds of hands and heads during a REITER concert in a rubber boat. DIE REITER always give 110%, and often even more; they are a wild and unpredictable bunch who always take people by surprise. You cannot prepare for DIE REITER. They suddenly appear before you, and you have to soak up the experience at your own pace.
On »Der Rote Reiter«, the quintet proclaims the approaching end of the world in an immediate and dissolute way, so much so that you even start desiring the encroaching doom. There are clear words full of power and beauty, sometimes quiet, sometimes screamed loudly… until the music and singing unify and the intensity of the songs drift further and further into peaks and troughs. DIE REITER allow themselves and their fans only a few moments of rest before continuing the wild ride. Musically, the band is much more focused than on their more playful predecessors. There’s more bite, more clear edge and it unleashes intense walls of sound, which impose themselves on the listener. DIE REITER steer their ship successfully on the rough seas through the shallows of uncertainty, and they still always honour moments of silence and freedom into their overall sound. They’ve successfully avoided the pit falls of the modern age - the artificially staged climbing of unexpected heights and the sudden fall into the icy darkness. DIE REITER have concentrated all of their experience and the power of the past into this new album.
»Der Rote Reiter« is an exploration of human tragedy, as well as a kind of healing balm. On the tenth album, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER have fully unleashed and are riding at their absolute wildest. The longest REITER album since the band was founded in 1995; this time around they are as hungry as ever. The icons, who celebrated their 20th anniversary with an unforgettable double concert, together with the release of their biography two years ago, are back; more direct and penetrating than ever before.
The band love touring, and are at their happiest out on the road. They’ve travelled as far as the Caribbean, and also enjoy the romance of an adventurous tour by train through the Ural Mountains in Russia. They have countless shared touring memories, especially in Russia; they’ve already completed five tours of this region! Once upon a time their tour bus crossed the Basque country to Portugal to play an unforgettable concert… but you’ll need to pick up their book to find out more. When DIE REITER start telling stories, they can wind their tales for hours. In their much-respected biography »Wie der Weltuntergang Teil unseres Lebens wurde« (2015), they’ve shared many incredible stories and X-rated anecdotes! Sometimes beggars, sometimes kings: DIE REITER ride and ride and ride.
»Der Rote Reiter« was produced by the band itself and recorded at Chameleon Recording / Chemical Burn Studios in collaboration with Eike Freese and Alexander Dietz (HEAVEN SHALL BURN). The chemistry between band, Eike and Alex was magical from the beginning. After the first demos were previewed during a visit to the band’s rehearsal room in Weimar, Germany, the album began to grow and grow until it was finally recorded in the spring of 2017. The studios made for an enjoyable stay, providing a nice symbiosis of nostalgic old school rock n roll flair. The Chameleon Recording Studios were created in the old rooms of the famous Windrose Studios. In 1980, the studio complex was rebuilt and quickly became a home for many international artists such as TINA TURNER, UDO LINDENBERG, and DEEP PURPLE. The former film studio quickly became one of the top studios in the German music scene and is one of the best-equipped and, above all, best-sounding analogue studios in Germany. Eike Freese and Alexander Dietz have already been able to lead numerous international productions to a great success in these studios with artists such as GAMMA RAY, DEEP PURPLE, SAGA and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. And now DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER has been added to the list.
T I M E L I N E
1995 Band founded, first show on 25/121996 "Firestorm" Demo recorded in May and released just a few weeks later. Mailed out over 500 copies into the whole world. First live shows in Germany and self-organized tour through Czech, Hungary and Romania (still without having a deal)
1997 Signing a contract with Ars Metalli Records. Debut album "Soft & Stronger" released
1998 4 track vinyl EP "Dschinghis Khan" recorded (limited to 1000 copies) first big show in the band history (Fuck The Commerce Open Air)
1999 second album "Allegro Barbaro" released on Ars Metalli signing a contract with Hammerheart Records founding member Skelleton (drums) left the band, replaced by SirG. huge amount of live shows, first Wacken show in the bands history
2000 release of the milestone "All You Need Is Love" overwhelming feedback from the whole world With Full Force Open Air
2001 European Tour supporting US-sickos Macabre through Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czechia, Austria, Italy and Switzerland second Wacken show in bands history band is traveling in the own van nearly every weekend through Germany for live shows
2002 due to arm-injuries of singer Fuchs and drummer Sir G. the band is put on ice for a long time band is playing a few shows with session drummer Tim (Adorned Brood) as the arm injury of Fuchs can't be healed, he decided to quit playing guitar on stage new guitar-player Pitrone is joining the band, in the beginning just as session member cancellation of the Hammerheart contract, signing to Nuclear Blast Records in November/December band starts to record the new album
2003 the fourth long-player "Have A Nice Trip" is finally out the album entered the German long-player charts ..
2004 we worked together with Tue Madsen for the new album recoding took play in wonderful summertime in Aarhus/Denmark "Samurai" is our fifth longplayer, release-date 08.11.2004 special release-show tour in Germany
2005 "Samurai" was released in the USA in February 5 week tour in February/March with Finn-Monsters Turisas marked the biggest success for the band so far nearly 20 open airs, a very hot summer seasons with killers shows at Summerbreeze, With Full Force, Taubertal and many more band played nearly 80 shows this year pre-production for next album RIDERS ON THE STORM in november/dezember
2006 recording session february & march release EP/DVD "Friede sei mit dir" release new album Riders "On The Storm" headliner tour in September 2006 together with Tyr & Hämatom European tour together with Natron & Rotting Faith.
2007 Russian/Ukrainian tour in January (Kiev, Moscow, St.Peterburg) by train!!! European tour with Finntroll in April/May huge amout of open air shows - Wacken, Summerbreeze, Brutal Assault, Metalcamp, Partysan Open Air and many more...
2008 Release of chart-breaking Live DVD "Tobsucht" in February. The band decided to break up with guitar player Pitrone. He was replaced by Lady Cat-Man. The band set the world in fire with new album "LICHT" (eng. LIGHT). After a successful "Reiterfestspiele"-tour, that band survived a chaotic trip to Russia, with shows from the polar circle to the Caucasian mountains. In December D.A.R. support German medieval heroes In Extremo on their tour through Benelux and France.
2009 D.A.R. changes again the guitar player. Instead of Lady Cat-Man the new axeman Ady was introduced to the band. The band launches a monthly updated videoblog about composing process of the new album (to be released in 2010). The band co-headlined Paganfest-European-Tour in autumn, and returned to Russia.
2010 Beside thundering summer Open Air festivals (Wacken, Download Festival, Summerbreeze, Deichbrand) at lot of songwriting for new album "Moral & Wahnsinn". The album was recorded in autumn.
2011 Release of "Moral & Wahnsinn", headlining tours in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia. By end of the year, band released their first CD in Japan, "The Greatest Of The Best", an exclusive collection of the bands important songs.
2012 10 countries in 20 days headling tour (England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany). Trips on a houseboat and to Giant Mountains (Czech Republic) marked the beginning of creative process for upcoming studio album.
2013 70000 Tons Of Metal took D.A.R. to Amercia. A serie of rare (semi) accoustic events at special locations marked the beginning of a new era in bands history. In contrast to huge events on holy grounds like Wacken or Bang Your Head, the band proofed again their unrivalled creativty.
2014 "Tief.Tiefer" double album. The band played two seperate tours for the album. A heavy and loud edition in autumn. Their first accoustic tour was scheduled for 2015
2015 "Mein Herz flieg" Accoustic tour. Band announces Heidenfest tour, Wacken Cruise III and will celebrate 20th anniversary birthday of D.A.R. with a huge 3-Day-Festival at the end of the year.
2017 The band returns with 10th album "Der rote Reiter" and hits on #10 in official German album charts. They will hit the road again with a brand new tour 2017/2018 with many club and open air shows across the world.