Die Apokalyptischen Reiter released their ‘The Divine Horsemen’ album in 2021 and follow it up with a next longplayer. With their latest effort being a improvised recording, the German four-piece returns to a more regular record with ‘Wilde Kinder’ (German for ‘wild children’)

The band, that started as a furious grindcore band developed their music towards a multi-faceted metal adventure and the new album echoes the approach very well. ’Wilde Kinder’ grew over a period of three years and finally finds its way to the record stores. Lyrically the album is a lot about mankind being a threat to planet earth, but also about being brave and constantly looking for freedom. The latter is the main statement that comes with the opener ‘Von Freiheit will ich singen’. Serious lyrics and a well-forged song show Die Apokalyptischen Reiter in good shape. ‘Volle Kraft’ is a riff assault with hit potential follows, a cool song not only but also due to the very present Rammstein references.

The dark roots of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter are reflected by songs like ‘Euer Gott ist der Tod’ with former Deadlock singer Sabine Scherer contributing with exquisite vocals. The tune is a dramatic piece of music that shows the width of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter’s sound frame.

A great song, composed more to the point, is ‘Nur frohen Mutes’. Hooks and heaviness are in good balance and the chorus invites for a sing-along during live shows. Rammstein-influences and furious metal blend on ‘Ich bin ein Mensch’, the closer of an interesting record and a song, fans will appreciate.

‘Wilde Kinder’ is an album with tunes that are certainly not off the shelve and at the same time build on various influences that had an impact on the quartet. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter found their own musical home and at the same time utilize some inflow from other brands and projects . What is certain is that the four-piece band manage to get comfortable in their musical niche which allows them to come up music that is authentic and just fun to listen to.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. Von Freiheit will ich singen 6
  2. Volle Kraft
  3. Alles ist gut
  4. Wilde Kinder
  5. Leinen los
  6. Euer Gott ist der Tod
  7. Nur frohen Mutes
  8. Blau
  9. Der Eisenhans
  10. Ich bin ein Mensch

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Metal

Release Date EU: April 22nd, 2022




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