|Review: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - All You Need Is Love|
|All You Need Is Love|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2000
Review online: March 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Nahsil
for:All You Need Is Love
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter are one of metal's stranger bands, not because they want or try to be (like Unexpect), but because they play a mesh of styles that at first seem incompatible. Things are kicked off with "Licked by the Tongues of Pride", which is basically a Black/Death number - until a minute in when the synths make their presence known and a slower doom vibe is established. There's a lot of that here: seamless (truthfully, you won't always notice) transitions from one style to another, or a combination of more than one style. Death and Black Metal lay the foundation, but you've also got a lot of upfront keyboard and piano playing that would probably not go over well with purists of either genre, despite how tastefully they are utilized. There are hints of traditional metal throughout as well, mainly in the use of intermittent clean vocals and guitar riffs that don't quite fit into the extreme metal spectrum. The band's advertised folk aspect is overstated, considering everything is done sans folk instruments (compositional influences, instead), but it does play a part in rounding out their unique formula. A Hard Rock-oriented sound would manifest itself later in DAR's career, particularly on Samurai, but there's little to none of that here.
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