Kanonenfieber - Menschenmühle review




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Band: Kanonenfieber
Album: Menschenmühle
Release date: February 2021


01. Die Feuertaufe
02. Dicke Bertha
03. Die Schlacht Bei Tannenberg
04. Der Letzte Flug
05. Grabenlieder
06. Grabenkampf
07. Ins Niemandsland
08. Unterstandsangst
09. Verscharrt Und Ungerühmt


Kanonenfieber's Menschenmühle was recommended to me by the German minesweeper of Metal Storm. Only the mines he is sweeping are fantastic albums of the underground that he brings to the attention of quality extreme metal-hungry metalheads like those of you reading this review.

World War I, or The Great War, is a very interesting subject matter for metal and black metal in particular, being a welcome variation to all the satan-loving, human-hating, cosmic-tripping, or tree-hugging obsession of the style. The cover art of Menschenmühle (human mill) is a great illustration of how humans were used as cannon fodder during those dark times for humankind and even reminds me a little of Pink Floyd's mincer.

Minenwerfer are the most immediate comparison that comes to mind when listening to Kanonenfieber, whose name doesn't actually mean cannon fodder as I would have thought but cannon fever (every day I learn something new when reviewing for Metal Storm). This comparison refers both to the lyrical aspect as well as the musical one. Just like Minenwerfer, these Germans have a knack for melody in their black metal and they also use some acoustic / post-rock parts. These parts work as breathers to counterbalance the pummelling aggression, which is the main chunk of the music. The aforementioned melody is by no means of the cheesy kind, but more of the swirling one you expect from bands like Mgła or Panzerfaust.

The vocals are slightly leaning on the death growl-type and this is one of the reasons why Menschenmühle sometimes sounds like a death metal album, even though it is not. There are also a few groovy death metal riffs and passages and also some doom death metal ones that add to the diversity of the listening experience. In fact, one of the biggest successes of this album is how varied it is, with each song offering something different and with changes in mood and tempo often occurring within the songs.

I put the lyrics through google translate and they are really worth reading. German-speaking metalheads should appreciate this album more because from what I could make out, it is not just the theme of WWI that is so captivating here, but also the way that these lyrics convey the grimness, the pain, the hopelessness, and the inhumanity of war. The lyrical background is based on factual reports, letters and other documents from the surviving and deceased soldiers. The language fits the music very well because German sounds quite aggressive (at least to my ears). Another important aspect is the use of samples and speeches that evoke a sense of actually being part of that era and of the warfare which took place.

Menschenmühle bears the smoking smell of gunpowder and the rotten stench of pits packed with muddy corpses. It is a very promising black metal debut that will satisfy both the extreme metal lover and the history buff in you, and leaves a lot to hope for the future of Kanonenfieber.

"Im Leiden sind wir gleich
Augen trüb, Gesichter bleich
Ich liege tot im Niemandsland
Mit dem Feinde Hand in Hand"


 



Written on 05.04.2021 by Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud!


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05.04.2021 - 16:12
RaduP
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If there's anything they remind me of, it's 1914.
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05.04.2021 - 16:57
Starvynth
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I don't usually care much for lyrics, but here they really help to convey the oppressive atmosphere of blood-drenched trenches and the horror and futility of war.
1914? Yes, them too. But the Germans are a bit more varied, I think.
By the way, closing the album with a neofolk track was an excellent idea.

Great album, great review. Thanks, Nik!
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05.04.2021 - 18:33
RaduP
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Written by Starvynth on 05.04.2021 at 16:57

But the Germans are a bit more varied, I think.

Might be because they had double the fronts.
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05.04.2021 - 19:22
nikarg
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Written by RaduP on 05.04.2021 at 16:12

If there's anything they remind me of, it's 1914.

Come on, the only resemblance to 1914 is the theme. In that sense the album also resembles Sabaton's The Great War
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05.04.2021 - 19:26
RaduP
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Written by nikarg on 05.04.2021 at 19:22

Written by RaduP on 05.04.2021 at 16:12

If there's anything they remind me of, it's 1914.

Come on, the only resemblance to 1914 is the theme. In that sense the album also resembles Sabaton's The Great War

Was gonna mention it.
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05.04.2021 - 20:42
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Tage Westerlund
Nik do you speak german?
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05.04.2021 - 21:49
nikarg
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Written by Bad English on 05.04.2021 at 20:42

Nik do you speak german?

No, I don't. This is why I say in the review that
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I put the lyrics through google translate
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05.04.2021 - 21:51
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by nikarg on 05.04.2021 at 21:49

Written by Bad English on 05.04.2021 at 20:42

Nik do you speak german?

No, I don't. This is why I say in the review that
Quote:
I put the lyrics through google translate



Thats why I asked about lyric quotes
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