1914 – …And a Cross Now Marks His Place ft. Nick Holmes

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, and unleash their new opus, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, out October 22, 2021 via Napalm Records. Its eleven 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! Massive first single “…And a Cross Now Marks His Place” already marks an absolute highlight, as this stamping outburst features none other than Paradise Lost icon Nick Holmes, whose pervasive delivery matches with 1914’s mastermind Hptm. Ditmar Kumarberg’s (9. Westpreußisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 176) vocal harshness.

Hptm. Ditmar Kumarberg on the first song: “The story behind “…And A Cross Now Marks His Place” totally captured me: This is the real letter, handwritten by the British officer to the mother of a soldier who died in action. This was not a standard form sent in thousands, but more like a personal message. He describes the way her son died, tells words of consolation, and emphasizes how the Crown is proud of him, another victim of the massacre between Empires.“

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!”

1914 live – Dive headfirst into WWI and experience 1914 live with bands like Konvent, (0), Livløs, Hiraes 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

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