If your reaction to the words metal, war, and Gallipoli is “Sabaton,” you can take a break for now. Although the blackened death metal heads 1914 covers similar subject as the Swedes, the two bands couldn’t be more different. After all, the Ukrainians are considered luminaries in the field of celebrated trepidation and know like no other, how to transport the horrors of World War I into music, without drifting into political statements.
The band that was founded 100 years after World War I began sedately shovels their way into your ears with their lead-laden riffs. And when the musical machine gun salves break through the air, the band shows they mean business. Instead, pieces like “Frozen in trenches” or “arrival. The Meuse-Argonne” make the inclined listener question their sanity as they find themselves with the bloody trenches of history. Welcome to the drama of war. Welcome to the cruel world of 1914.