DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER rocken das Haus, egal ob Festivalbühnen, Konzertsäle oder Kreuzfahrtschiffe. Mit ihrem unvergleichlichen Stilmix sitzen sie praktisch immer zwischen den Stühlen und sind doch überall zu Haus. Eine Band mit Geschichte, Eigensinn und Charakter, die Grenzen bewusst sucht und sprengt. Dynamische Liveauftritte und opulente Studioalben sind das Markenzeichen der Band. Sie galoppieren ohne Rast und Ruh, Akustiktour im Frühjahr, Wacken-Cruise im Sommer, Heidenfest-Headliner im Herbst und ihr großes 20.Jahre Reiter Geburtstagsfestival im Winter.
2015 fest im Sattel – DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER.
Welcome to the Unique World of DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER!
A success story of Germany's most unusual Rock Giants... the masters of controlled chaos!
They come from Germany, to be precise from Weimar, the region renowned for its many legendary German poets...
Schiller, Goethe, Liszt, Nietzsche....
They provoke and criticize, they are multi-cultural... Their music is a Molotov cocktail of metal, folk, classic rock fused with influences of Spanish, Arabic, Scandinavian and traditional German music.
What started in the Easter regions of Germany has now spread through all of Germany, all of Eastern Europe and now is spreading like a virus across international borders. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER have performed more than 600 shows so far which includes festival and headliner shows in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, UK, Russia, Czech Republic and The Netherlands. Highlights are UK`s mega event DOWNLOAD, the Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze Festival and With Full Force in Germany.
The International Press Hits The Bulls Eye!
Tatort Moskau / St. Petersburg: DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER shock the audience, the public, the media and the promoters alike. This was a world class demonstration, one of the most memorable and striking concerts in the history of St. Petersburg. We are grateful for one of the most wonderful and amazing concerts ever in Moscow. It was an unforgettable experience.
The UK has quoted DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER as the "most criminally underrated act from Germany".
Their inspiration is life itself with all of its emotional trappings. It is story telling of long endured experiences. Travelling the world plays a big role as it allows them to touch and dive into the lives and thoughts of others. They offer a new view to the beauty and tribulations of existence and forge new opinions. This is DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER!
The live stage presence of front man Fuchs is extraordinary as well. He has the unique ability to offer his lyrics in German, English Finnish, Russian and Spanish. The concept reflects that of mad scientist and border guard!
The apocalyptic theme is ever present. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER believe that mankind is moving in the wrong direction and that it must be reinforced over and over again. They want their audience submerged into the experience and to make a turn to the positive and the relaxed.
Their many sold out shows and the steady ascend of their albums in the charts are a perfect indication of their ever growing fan base. Their last three releases all have shown ongoing, upward progress and sales figures. The 2003 release "Have A Nice Trip" reached the Top 100 for the first time in the band's history. The follow-up "Riders Of A Storm" impressed by peaking at #31 in the Media Control Charts. Their most recent effort "Light" achieved the well earner place in the Top 30, paving the way for even bigger accolades for their latest release, the album "Moral & Wahnsinn". (2011 #18 Media Control Charts). In February 2014 the band released their first ever double album "TIef.Tiefer" and played two successful tours.
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.