|Review: 1914 - The Blind Leading the Blind|
|The Blind Leading the Blind|
Label: Archaic Sound
Year released: 2018
Review online: February 13, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:The Blind Leading the Blind
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
What a great album. So good, that while listening to it (so many times) before writing this review, I bought whatever else they had available on Bandcamp. These Ukrainians play a very cool blend of blackened death and doom metal and, as most will gather from the band's name, their lyrical theme is World War I.
One thing you'll notice is that they have a few interludes in there, be they soldier songs or spoken passages. At first, I must say this irritated me, but after a few listens throughout which the whole concept of the album became more obvious, they simply started to make sense and they really just fit in once you're fully immersed into the story.
1914 do a wonderful job of blending the aforementioned three genres to take the listener through a disturbing voyage through the hell of war—not that this or anything could get anywhere close to the real thing, mind you. The doomier aspects are very poignant, sorrowful, and just get you thinking about the horrors of war, while the faster parts, courtesy of an expert blend of black and death, throw you right into the action.
The Blind Leading the Blind is a very emotional album that takes you to dark places. Most of all, it makes you think. Let's just end this by saying that 1914 have set the bar pretty high for themselves with this one.
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