This record was already released back in 1999. “Allegro Barbaro” is the second album of the APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER from Germany. They always had a fast growing fanbase, which isn’t really surprising regarding their music. Alike on their first CD, they delivered great Metal, always melodic but sometimes going towards Black Metal and their style is simply brilliant and unique.
There are surely people, who dislike them but personally, I don’t know any who doesn’t like their style. “Allegro Barbaro” has a playing time of 55 minutes and you have to search for a long time to find something negative. Vocalist Fuchs has an impressing voice, he handles easily melodic stuff as well as more brutal material while Sir G. delivers a stunning drum performance and Dr. Pest pulls out some symphonic sounds of his keys. This band stands for variety like no other; you can listen to this album and afterward, you don’t know which track you want to play again.
Every die-hard fan knows that this is a legendary album of them. But if you don’t know them: buy it, you won’t regret! This CD contains none of their famous anthems, indeed, but the songs here are as ingenious, too. As bonus, you get the legendary cover of “Dschinghis Khan”, which is always a live-smasher. This album is a MUST for every fan of them and if you’re interested in them check them out. You will miss something, if you don’t do it, because they are one of the most inventive and greatest bands in the world of Metal!
Normally, they deserve my highest rating but I want to compare it with their other records and there are really some works, which are even better, so here are well-deserved nine points (Online March 3, 2006)