Record of the Day - 05-06-2022
Many metal bands thematize the dark side of the human experience. Some do it in an almost cartoonish, exaggerated way, obsessed with blood and gore. Kanonenfieber chose a different approach on their latest album “Menschenmühle” - our Record of the Day. It’s an album about the horrors of World War I from the perspective of the German troops and entirely sung in German. It isn’t a glorification, rather a reminder of the human cost of wars. Their style of atmospheric black metal with sprinkles of death and doom metal in certain parts is the perfect musical backdrop for this extremely heavy subject matter and makes this album a touching experience even if you don’t understand any of the lyrics. The grim realness of a war that changed the world forever gets even further accentuated with spoken sonic samples recorded during that era. This album is a harrowing sonic journey, crushing at times, eerily melodic at others.