April 18, 2022 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Wilde Kinder (Album Review)
Germany is home to a very globally dominating music scene…and Heavy Metal has certainly scored high among them all. Hailing from the year 1995, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter was originally created by Fuchs, the man responsible for the pleasantly heavy vocals, lyrics, and guitars. He is joined by Ady on guitars/keyboards, while Volk-Man takes on bass duties, and Sir G. man-handles the drums. Exploring Grindcore, as well as many other Heavy Metal subgenres along their journey, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter’s eccentric style has always put a smile on the faces of those who dare explore their music. Now a little less than a year after the release of The Divine Horsemen, The Apocalyptic Riders are back with their latest album Wilde Kinder.
Out on Friday, April 22, 2022 via Nuclear Blast, and translating to Wild Children, the new album is a fresh, modern take on life. In fact, it speaks to those souls that are crying from the inside, dying to get back to living the fullest life; both freedom, as well as in professional aspects. Ten tracks in total, it is full of admirable Heavy Metal tunes and can be thoroughly enjoyed whether German is your naitve language or not.
Starting off the album “Von Freiheit will Ich singen” features speedy riffs, powerful vocals, and an explosion of energy. Then the mood shifts with “Volle Kraft” which has an overtone of Gothic Industrial that is layered on top of some old school classic Death Metal guitars. As always, this band proves time and time again that they are super creative, as well as unique. Proofing such again, the happy explosion heard on the title-track is absolutely lovely while also featuring the band’s typical heaviness and fun attitude.
Moving forward, the more softly structured “Leinen Los” is a tune of grandiose proportions nonetheless. This is followed up by a six-minute “Euer Gott ist der Tod,” a track featuring darker, deeper vibes of mystery and death that breathes throughout. Next is the more Folk Metal “Nur frohen Mutes” which is four solid minutes before another very soft melodic piece of desolate peace and comfort, “Blau.”
Continuing to show even more diversity, “Der Eisenhans” is an underscored Grind-based tune with a very strong over layer of the melodic that works very well to stand out as a mixed genre masterpiece. Which leads us to the album closer, “Ich Bin Ein Mensch,” a song concludes in a similar fashion as the album began. Additionally, it also goes back to those dabbles in the underlying Grindcore sound of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter’s origin.
In no way is Die Apokalyptischen Reiter completely definable by a genre…and in this is unquestionably one of their biggest selling point. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is a one of a kind Heavy Metal band on all fronts, and singing in their dominating German language brings forth even more strength. Wilde Kinder represents the wild child in all of us, and the exploratory path to a much needed personal growth. Highly recommended, Cryptic Rock gives Wilde Kinder 5 out of 5 stars.