Es reiten die Toten so schnell

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Es reiten die Toten so schnell
Studio album by
GenreDarkwave, classical
LabelApocalyptic Vision
ProducerSopor Aeternus, John A. Rivers
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows chronology
Songs from the Inverted Womb
Es reiten die Toten so schnell
La Chambre d'Echo
Alternative covers
Limited edition box cover
Limited edition box cover
Alternative cover
Double vinyl cover
Double vinyl cover

Es reiten die Toten so schnell (or: the Vampyre sucking at his own Vein) (German: "The Dead Ride So Fast") is the seventh album[2] by darkwave act Sopor Aeternus and the Ensemble of Shadows, and was released in 2003.[1] A double vinyl edition and an A5-sized boxed set edition was released, in limited quantities of 666 and 1,999 copies, respectively. The double vinyl edition came with a poster, T-shirt, postcards, communion wafers and "authenticated" graveyard soil.


For Es reiten die Toten so schnell, Anna-Varney Cantodea went back to her demo tape of the same name and re-recorded all of its songs; the first seven tracks of this album consist of the demo tape in its original sequence. The rest of the album features re-recordings of the bonus tracks that were included on the first Sopor Aeternus album, Ich töte mich..., along with a handful of new songs. "Birth - Fiendish Figuration", Sopor Aeternus' signature song from their first album, appears again in its fourth incarnation on a record. The original version of "Reprise" was a spoken word piece featuring a line from the bridge of "Dead Souls".

, producer for Swell Maps, Dead Can Dance and Love and Rockets, was brought in to oversee production on 'Es reiten...[2] The album was recorded in England,[3] as opposed to Sopor Aeternus' home country of Germany.[2]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Anna-Varney Cantodea.

1."Omen Sinistrum" ("Inauspicious omen")2:46
2."Dead Souls"7:04
3."Stake of my Soul"3:01
4."Beautiful Thorn"5:14
6."The Feast of Blood"3:35
7."Sopor Fratrem Mortis Est" ("Sleep is the brother of Death")5:33
8."The Dreadful Mirror"5:53
10."Birth - Fiendish Figuration"2:52
11."Penance & Pain"4:26
12."Holy Water Moonlight"5:11
14."Über den Fluss" ("Across the river")2:04
15."Dark Delight"6:43



  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Es reiten die Toten so schnell van SOPOR AETERNUS (official) op Myspace". 2008-12-08. Archived from the original on 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c The utterly fabulous ANNA-VARNEY CANTODEA. "SOPOR AETERNUS & The Ensemble Of Shadows". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ Liner Notes for Es reiten die Toten so schnell
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