341: 1914

As a Ukrainian black metal band who formed in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the First World War, 1914 take us through the horrors of war via terrifying blackened death metal tales.

Only a couple of months ago, 1914 released their third album, โ€˜Where Fear and Weapons Meetโ€™, which continues this masterful exploration of the concept. Utilising audio samples to build out the scene, the atmosphere here is nothing short of astonishing. The album clocks in at just over an hour, but the runtime is well earned. Every track, every passage, feels necessary. Thereโ€™s no dead weight here. The album is, start to finish, meticulously composed and brilliantly paced.

While Iโ€™d heard the odd track in the past, โ€˜Where Fear and Weapons Meetโ€™ was 1914 dramatically seizing my attention. Itโ€™s grandly presented blackened death metal, deepened with touches of doom metal was exactly what I was looking for and this album just delivered it track after track.

Going back and experiencing the first two albums proved a wise choice, as well. 1914 had just been this fucking good from the start, and Iโ€™d slept on them. But now, Iโ€™m making up for lost time.

And Iโ€™m also making sure anyone whoโ€™ll listen to me will check this incredible band out as soon as possible. Like you, reading this.

Listen to 1914. Youโ€™ll thank me later.