Blackened Death/Doom Offensive 1914 Reveals Second Single, “Pillars Of Fire (The Battle Of Messines)”

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Ukrainian WWI experts 1914 continue to reflect the gruesome tales of World War I, its soldiers’ fate, their death, fear and feats to be never forgotten on their sinister new epos, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, out October 22, 2021 via Napalm Records.
 
After revealing their massive first outburst, “…And a Cross Now Marks His Place”featuring none other than Paradise Lost icon Nick Holmes, the blackened death/doom metal frontrunners now reveal another scorching new track, entitled “Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)”. The second single depicts The Battle of Messines in 1917 and starts off with an atmospheric introduction, drawing the listener deep into the album’s theme. Just within the blink of an eye, it erupts into a massive blackened death/doom outburst – freezing the blood in every vein.
 
Hptm. Ditmar Kumarberg comments:        
“This song describes the terrible events of the Battle of the Messines Ridge that occurred from June 7-14, 1917 in Belgium, one of the most insane episodes of the Great War.
 
Subjects of the British crown and ANZAC dug a huge tunnels under the German positions, packed them with hundreds of tons of explosives and blew them up. In one second, in just one moment, about 10,000 people died. They were simply torn to pieces. The human brain is always subject to non-trivial approaches to kill each other. The title of the track is a direct reference to the wonderful book by Jan Passingham – ‘Pillars of Fire: The Battle of the Messines Ridge’, also the movie ‘Beneath Hill 60’, and memories of the participants of this event. Some eyewitnesses described the scene as “pillars of fire”, although many also acknowledged this was indescribable.”

1914 break into their third offering with the intro “War In”, summed up by final “War Out”, and immediately build a common thread to the previous records. “War In” is the original of the most famous Serbian song of the Great War period, “Tamo Daleko”. Like World War I, the album begins in Serbia and continues on the first track from the prospective of Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo and caused the outbreak of World War I.
 
What happens next is an intense, in-depth analysis of historical events. For example – Battle of Vimy Ridge, shameful pages of the British Empire history in the track “Coward” featuring Sasha Boole (Me And That Man), The Battle of Messines on “Pillars of Fire” or the infantry regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters, on “Don’t Tread On Me”. Authentic forces like ambient sonic war samplings transport these stories even further into the present and make Where Fear and Weapons Meet another heavily intense and deep-reaching output that will grant 1914 even higher appreciation than the five-piece is already credited with.
 
1914 on the album:
Where Fear and Weapons Meet continues the theme we started on The Blind Leading the Blind – with one major difference: these are the stories about hope where most of our characters are staying alive, becoming heroes, and returning back to their homes. Yes, it is still about fear, death, and senselessness of war, but the hope is the only thing the soldier holds on to. And a good portion of luck as well. Even the album cover reflects this – the man lays wounded, bleeding in the trench, reaching his hand to Death begging for relieve, and Death declines to take him. He deserves to live.
 
The album starts with the assassination in Sarajevo, leads you through the bloodiest moments of the Great War, and ends up with the monologue on a grave of a young man killed in his first battle. This time we did have even more hard digging into the historical background while making the tracks. We are not singing the songs, we are telling the stories!”

Pre-Order Where Fear and Weapons Meet HERE

1914’s eleven new tracks of pure historic harshness follow up to the band’s sophomore full-length, The Blind Leading the Blind (2018), and debut, Eschatology of War (2015), both highly acclaimed amongst critics, and create a sophisticated variety of massively brutal blackened death metal accented by dramatic and realistic audio soundscapes and disquieting melodies spiced with the approach of sludge and doom! 

Where Fear and Weapons Meet track listing:
1. War In   
2. FN .380 ACP#19074   
3. Vimy Ridge (In Memory of Filip Konowal)   
4. Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)   
5. Don’t Tread on Me (Harlem Hellfighters)   
6. Coward (feat. Sasha Boole)
7. …And a Cross Now Marks His Place (feat. Nick Holmes)
8. Corps d’autos-canons-mitrailleuses (A.C.M)   
9. Mit Gott für König und Vaterland   
10. The Green Fields of France   
11. War Out   

Where Fear and Weapons Meet will be available in the following formats:
1-CD Digipack
2-LP Gatefold BLACK incl. 12” booklet
2-LP Gatefold DARK GREEN incl. 12” booklet (limited to 400 copies worldwide)
3-LP Gatefold MARBLED RED TRANSPARENT/BLACK (2- LP Album incl. 12” booklet + 12″ bonus LP + poster + patch – limited to 400 copies worldwide) – SOLD OUT!
Digital Album

1914 live

Dive headfirst into WWI and experience 1914 live with bands like Konvent(0)LivløsHiraes and Dwaal in 2022!

13.03.22 AT – Vienna / Viper Room
14.03.22 SK – Kosice / Collosseum
15.03.22 HU – Budapest / Blue Hell
18.03.22 IT – Venice / Revolver Music Hall
19.03.22 IT – Rome / Traffic Club
20.03.22 IT – Milan / Legend Club
22.03.22 FR – Toulouse / Le Rex 
23.03.22 ES – Bilbao / Azkena
24.03.22 ES – A Coruña / Mardi Gras
25.03.22 PT – Porto / Metalpoint Club
26.03.22 PT – Lisbon / Side B Rocks
27.03.22 ES – Madrid / Wurlitzer
29.03.22 ES – Zaragoza / Sala López
30.03.22 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 3
31.03.22 FR – Lyon / Rock n Eat
01.04.22 CH – Martigny / Sunset Bar 
02.04.22 CH – Basel / Sommercasino
03.04.22 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse Bar 
06.04.22 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
07.04.22 DE – Erfurt / From Hell
08.04.22 DK – Odense / Posten
09.04.22 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio
10.04.22 DK – Aalborg / Studenterhuset               
12.04.22 SE – Stockholm / Hus 7
13.04.22 SE – Gothenburg / Valand
14.04.22 NO – Oslo / Inferno Metal Festival
15.04.22 DK – Kolding / Godset
16.04.22 DE – Hanover / Béi Chéz Heinz 
17.04.22 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle (Dark Easter Metal Meeting)
18.04.22 FR – Colmar / Grillen
19.04.22 FR – Paris / Gibus
20.04.22 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
21.04.22 DE – Bruchsal / Fabrik
22.04.22 DE – Lichtenfels / Ragnarök Festival
23.04.22 DE – Dortmund / Junkyard Tombstone Fest
24.04.22 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo
28.04.22 UK – Plymouth / Underground
29.04.22 UK – Cardiff / Fuel
30.04.22 UK – Bridgwater / Southwest Heavyfest
01.05.22 UK – Birmingham / The Castle & Falcon
02.05.22 UK – London / Black Heart
03.05.22 UK – Stoke / Underground
04.05.22 UK – Manchester / Satans Hollow
05.05.22 UK – Glasgow / Audio
06.05.22 UK – Nottingham / Ye Old Salutation
07.05.22 UK – Leeds / Boom 
11.05.22 BE – Bilzen / South of Heaven
12.05.22 DE – Osnabrück / Bastard Club
13.05.22 DK – Aarhus / Voxhall
14.05.22 NL – Erica / Pitfest  
16.05.22 DE – Berlin / Nuke Club
17.05.22 DE – Dresden / Beatpol
18.05.22 DE – Munich / Backstage Club
19.05.22 CZ – Prague / Modra Voice
20.05.22 CZ – Ostrava / Barrak
21.05.22 CZ – Brno / Melodka
22.05.22 PL – Warszawa / Hydrozagadka

1914 is:
 9. Westpreußisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 176, Hptm. Ditmar Kumarberg – vocals
The 51st Highland Division, 1/9th Bn. 2Lt. Liam Fessen – guitar
307th Infantry Regiment, Capt. Walter Wyhovsky – guitar
Le 151e regiment d’infanterie, Cne. Armin d’Harcourt – bass
K.K. Landwehr-Infanterieregiment Lemberg Nr.19, Obltn. Rostislaw Potoplacht – drums
 
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