Die Apokalyptischen Reiter

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter at Hammaburg Fest 2018
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter at Hammaburg Fest 2018
Background information
OriginWeimar, Germany
GenresNeue Deutsche Härte
Melodic death metal
Avant-garde metal
Power metal
Thrash metal
Symphonic metal
Heavy metal[1]
Folk metal[2]
Years active1995–present
LabelsNuclear Blast, The End
Associated actsDisaster KFW
My Demons Diversity
Enemy Target
Websitewww.reitermania.de
MembersFuchs
Volk-Man
Dr. Pest
Sir G.
Ady
Past membersSkelleton
Pitrone
Lady Cat-man[3]

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter (German for "The Apocalyptic Riders") is a Weimar, Germany based heavy metal band signed to Nuclear Blast in Europe and The End Records in North America.

Musical style[edit]

The band's original style, featured on their releases up to and including Allegro Barbaro and on a few songs on All You Need Is Love, consists of death/thrash metal blended with melodic compositions. In later albums, the death metal influence declined, resulting in less chaotic composition (often centered around a verse and chorus with a bridge and solo), more constant tempo, longer songs and clean vocals (although not exclusively). This resulted in a more polished and accessible sound. The band uses lyrics in both English and German with a shift from mainly English songs to more German ones on recent albums (Licht is entirely in German).

The release of Have a Nice Trip marked somewhat of a turning point for the band. Although they retained the essence of heavy metal, they began experimenting with many other styles of music such as ambient and jazz.

Members[edit]

Current line-up

  • Fuchs (Daniel Täumel) – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1995–present)
  • Volk-Man (Volkmar Weber) – bass, screamed vocals (1995–present)
  • Dr. Pest (Mark Szakul) – keyboards (1995–present)
  • Sir G. (Georg Lenhardt) – drums (2000–present)
  • Ady (Adrian Vogel) – lead guitar (2009–present)

Former members

  • Skelleton – drums, backing vocals (1995–2000)
  • Pitrone – lead guitar (2002–2008)
  • Lady Cat-Man (Cathleen) – lead guitar (2008–2009)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums:

  • 1997 – Soft & Stronger
  • 1999 – Allegro Barbaro
  • 2000 – All You Need Is Love
  • 2003 – Have a Nice Trip (#95 in Germany)
  • 2004 – Samurai
  • 2006 – Riders on the Storm (#31 in Germany, #74 in Austria)
  • 2008 – Licht (#29 in Germany, #49 in Austria, #88 in Switzerland)
  • 2011 – Moral & Wahnsinn (#18 in Germany, # 41 in Austria, #61 in Switzerland)
  • 2014 – Tief.Tiefer (#22 in Germany, #72 in Switzerland)
  • 2017 – Der Rote Reiter (#10 in Germany, # 29 in Austria)

Demos:

  • 1996 – Firestorm (Demo)

EPs:

  • 1998 – Dschinghis Khan (EP)
  • 2006 – Friede sei mit Dir (EP)
  • 2008 – Der Weg (EP)

DVDs:

  • 2006 – Friede sei mit Dir (live-DVD)
  • 2008 – Tobsucht (DVD and two live-CDs)
  • 2009 – Adrenalin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-05-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The BNR Metal Pages, Version 2". Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2020-03-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Lady Cat-Man - Bild & Foto von U. Bechstein - Photography aus Kunstfotografie & Kultur - Fotografie (12806248) | fotocommunity". Fotocommunity.de. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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