Today, German metal band DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are proud to release another track from their upcoming experimental record, “The Divine Horsemen,” which will be out July 2nd, 2021. “Nachtblume” is a clear nod to atmospheric black metal, but with the running time of a grindcore or hardcore punk song. It showcases the artistic freedom and stylistic diversity that can be expected on the full release because one thing is for certain: “The Divine Horsemen” is a lot of things, but boring it is not for one second!
You can watch a lyric video for “Nachtblume” here:
Listen to “Nachblume“on a streaming service of your choice:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER on “Nachtblume“:
„The blackness of the night and the force of the north winds have been the inspiration for Nachtblume (“Nightflower”). As its lyrics Fuchs chose a poem from 1834, which was originally written by Joseph von Eichendorff. The speaker describes the uncontrollable emotions taking hold of them at night time. In a radical, eruptive burst the raw energy is condensed into one of the shortest Reiter tracks to ever be released.”
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER have prepared a truly special release with “The Divine Horsemen” – a unique musical experiment: A session that has been recorded without any rehearsals or preparations during two days in autumn 2020.
The band, the engineers and a couple of friends locked themselves up in a rehearsal space and taped 500 minutes of improvised musical magic spanning anything from eruptive grind to tribal metal not unlike “Roots” by SEPULTURA as well as psychedelic, trippy pieces and even nods to black metal (“Nachtblume,” “Ymir“). The material has been filtered into an 80 minutes long double vinyl / 2CD release and produced by Alexander Dietz from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and offers a stunning, captivating journey through a myriad of sounds and styles. Adding a variety of effects and instruments like didgeridoo, djembe, doumbek, gong, frame drums, jaw harp to the quintet’s sonic arsenal and combining it with improvised, multilingual vocals “The Divine Horsemen” is in essence also a tribute to a variety of cultures and influences.
You can watch a music video for “Tiki,” another ritual from “The Divine Horsemen,” here:
On July 2nd, 2021, Nuclear Blast will release “The Divine Horsemen” physically as strictly limited double LP with 32-page LP booklet featuring illustrations for each track crafted by vocalist Fuchs, as limited 2CD with 36-page booklet and on all digital platforms. In line with the uniqueness of this recording, the physical formats will only be available once!