Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Article

03.08.2013 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter

Wacken Open Air XXIV

Wacken (Germany)

(Pentax K-5 with Sigma AF 70-200mm 2.8 EX DC APO HSM II)

After the mariners of Alestorm safely reached the harbor it continued on the True Metal stage in front of which it already was quite cozy. With the Apokalyptischen Reiter it should continue mainly with German lyrics.
And there was a lot going on as already with the openers "Komm" and "Du Kleiner Wicht" they directly caught the audience. That was flying with them (or at least they were trying to) during "Der Adler". The number of crowd surfer increased and also on stage it was getting more lively. Was it during "Revolution" where singer Daniel "Fuchs" Täumel the huge Reiter flag waved or keyboarder Mark "Dr. Pest" Szakul in his SM outfit running cracking the whip allover the stage, or later on during "Moral & Wahnsinn" during which "Fuchs" in his priest's robe with his two helpers by his side in martial outfits with gasmask entered the stage. Continously it was loudly sang along also if you were not fully believing in "Die Sonne Scheint" (meanwhile the sky got quite clouded) and so the show went fulminant towards its end with the classic "Reitermania" and a cover version of the song "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky".
Two things the Reiter had to exclude: on the one hand during "Seeman" there was no ride with a boat across the crowd like nomally used to and a second was that the band was not allowed to distribute free shirts (but they found a way to get around this prohibition). I think that this was due to the chaos of last years comparable actions of Heaven Shall Burn. Nevertheless it was a great show fully convincing and providing lots of fun.


  • ... Vom Ende Der Welt
  • Komm
  • Du Kleiner Wicht
  • Der Adler
  • Revolution
  • Es Wird Schlimmer
  • Adrenalin
  • Nach Der Ebbe
  • Metal Will Never Die
  • Moral & Wahnsinn (drum solo intro)
  • Wir Hoffen (Elfriede intro)
  • Seemann
  • Die Sonne Scheint
  • Reitermania
  • (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (Vaughn Monroe cover)
  • Heimkehr