German vintage rockers Ritvs have revealed the second single and title track of their forthcoming debut album »Der Tag Naht«, set to release on December 15th, 2023 via Dying Victims Productions.
01. Die Kinder Cuzcos
02. Der Drang
03. Der Tag naht
04. Ruß und Feuer
07. Erde unter meiner Hand
Courtesy of Dying Victims Productions:
Dying Victims Productions is proud to present Ritvs’ striking debut album, »Der Tag Naht«, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
Ritvs may be new in name, but their history starts earlier. Under the preceding band name Vvlva, the band released a couple albums and a couple EPs of studiously vintage early hard rock/proto-metal. And the German quintet continue this backwards-looking path with the new moniker Ritvs as a “new” old approach: exquisitely rustic late ‘70s sounds spanning hard rock, prog, AOR, and even late-days krautrock.
Photo by Flo Debes
This exciting new chapter begins with »Der Tag Naht«, Ritvs’ debut under that moniker. This time, the Aschaffenburg band decided to only sing in their native German, which both pushes their lyrical boundaries and has a significant impact on their sound. The mostly narrative lyrics take the listener into dark and abysmal worlds that sometimes remind us more of our own world than what we wish for, much like so many great works of ‘70s science fiction did. Dazzling and dynamic in equal measure, the roaring Hammond organ shapes Ritvs’ characteristic sound, which equally rocks and rolls (and even ripples). In interaction with the warm, mossy guitar – both in sound and style – numerous licks and solo sequences are created, which are carried by a groovy rhythm section. During the album’s songwriting, the band put special emphasis on combining catchiness with progressive elements, marrying heft and heaviness with poignant and emotive passages. Truly, across the entirety of »Der Tag Naht« is it clearly audible that all five members took their time to find the right (rustic) sounds, always reminding of the great late 70’s without sounding dusty or tired. In fact, if there’s one way to characterize the album, it’s alive.
Earthdogs who thrill to the likes of late ‘70s Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, and Yes or even contemporaneous Kansas and Prof Wolfff, prepare to time-travel with Ritvs’ »Der Tag Naht«!
• Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
• Special edition on purple/yellow splatter vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
• CD edition with sticker, obi
• MC edition with sticker, button, download code
Out 15th December!
Michael Hock – Bass
Philipp Muschal – Guitar
Tobias Ritter – Vocals
Julian Rocco Lepore – Drums, Percussion, Synthesizer, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Christan Karl – Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Percussion, Backing Vocals