Additional info Recorded in December 2002, mixed January 2003 and mastered in February 2003.
The booklet states (exact words):
"All drums are acoustic, no fucking samples or triggers were used!"
Produced by Demonoid. All songs by Demonoid.
Illustration & layout: Gyula Havansak.
The concept of this album tells about the 4 Biblical Riders of the Apocalypse:
War, Plague, Starvation & Death who are all the mightiest of the destructive
Gods. The first part of the album observes the various atrocities by mankind,
and the punishments (plagues, earthquakes, wars...) by the Gods who tried to
redeem them throughout the ages. The second part tells of the mighty evocation
of the riders by a secret religious cabal, and the Rider's final war against
mankind. The last part is where the whole of humankind is eradicated, save for
one man, who will walk the aftermath of plague, war, starvation and death -
unable to breed... destined to die as the last of his kind.
According to the band's website, Demonoid was formed as a vehicle for Therion members Kristian Niemann, Johan Niemann, and Richard Evensand to play more extreme music. Influenced by darker acts such as Nile and Emperor, they channeled their efforts into this new outlet. The resulting album, "Riders of the Apocalypse," is a Death Metal opus that has all of the aggressiveness of the aforementioned, but at the same time retains that grandiosity that Therion has come to embody for so long.
Back in 2004, the band Therion was on top of the world. With a strong line-up and on the way to release a double album Lemuria/Sirius B], the Swedes' side-project Demonoid went almost unnoticed. Nonetheless, they gave us their first record with Riders of the Apocalypse. Stripped of the operatic vocals and choirs belonging to Therion, this album is a more aggressive version of Therion's music.
Amazingly it looks like the new album will happen. They've put up a very rough demo. I can't really comment on the quality given the state of it. Sounds a bit Pantera-ish to me but I imagine the final product will be quite different.