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.
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!