1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet

9/10

Following their first two complicated albums, 1914 spearheads on like a battalion of lunatic fearless storm-troopers delivering a third even more complicated album. 1914 is one of the few complicated bands I actually enjoy listening to.

It takes it´s fair share of spins to get the album into your head. But the structure and logical composition is as always extremely thought through and it follows a script as such. It both is and isn´t a concept album. I think it depends on how you see it?

On the one hand it is obvious because of the crystal-clear WWI theme and the angle of this release.  The theme here is a bit more positive for the most part, focusing more on the tormented soldiers that survived this atrocious war.

On the other hand, you could argue that just because this is an album about WWI it does not follow a certain storyline with a clear start and finish during the album. There are arguments for both sides is my conclusion.

If we dig into the music as such the established death/black/doom mix and match is still present. What I do like is that not to many tunes mix all these three genres together in the same song. When that happens, there are clear brakes and cut off between the specific parts in the song.

The blast beats are still here, but what I think has gotten a bit more room on this album is the groovier riffing in some of the songs. I do think that the bass (on the full sound map) is a bit meatier. Where there can have been a bit more treble to suit more towards the black metal elements we are presented with a fuller sound all through the album. It works very well.

As always there are guest appearances. “Coward” Sasha Boole of Me And That Man doing an acoustic number about a British deserter and Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost does a smashing performance on “…And a Cross Now Marks His Place”.

1914´s ability to weave together these complicated songs and genres into a very entertaining and challenging experience gives me a sense of satisfaction once I get the songs sorted and mapped out in my brain. You almost hear something new and songs do get a new meaning the more you listen to it. The level of delivery is on such a high level musically and thematically all the way through. It has been a pleasure to listen to repeatedly, but I need to have a little rest now.

 

Band: 1914
Title: Where Fear And Weapons Meet
Label: Napalm Records
Date of release: 2021-10-22
Rate: 9/10
Stand Out Track: Don´t Tread on Me (Harlem Hellfighters)
Country of Origin: The Ukraine
Playing Time: 63 minutes

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1914 – Where Fear And Weapons Meet

November 3, 2021

The blast beats are still here, but what I think has gotten a bit more room on this album is the groovier riffing in some of the song. I do think that the bass (on the full sound map) is a bit meatier.

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