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Kanonenfieber are releasing “Menschenmühle” (= Human Mill), the first song and lyric video from their upcoming album, “Die Urkatastrophe”. The video comes with an English translation as subtitles.

Kanonenfieber, speaking about the back story of “Menschenmühle” and “Die Urkatastrophe” that is scheduled for a release September 20th: “The First World War accelerated the path to modernity and is considered the “Die Urkatastrophe” (= “primal catastrophe”) of the 20th century, which was characterized by wars, violence and displacement. Around 17 million people, soldiers and civilians lost their lives, large parts of Europe were destroyed and unresolved problems were left behind, which led to further violent conflicts. This album is dedicated to the victims of the First World War, so they are not forgotten. May their fates be a warning for all following generations even after more than 100 years,” says Noise who records all instruments in the studio and who is also responsible for the concept of Kanonenfieber.

As with its predecessor, Kanonenfieber’s second album “Die Urkatastrophe” is based on factual reports, letters and original documents from the surviving and deceased soldiers from the First World War. Its intent is not to glorify, because there is no glory in war. Everyone loses – their lives, their souls, their humanity. War is often depicted in an abstract way, through numbers and statistics. Kanonenfieber aim to tell the stories of the nameless and the faceless in order to allow for a small glimpse of their personal horrors, and thereby the larger scale horror for mankind as a whole.

Kanonenfieber’s black and death metal isn’t meant to solely entertain, but also educate and raise awareness against the glorification of war. “Die Urkatastrophe” was recorded with Kristian Kohle (Powerwolf, Aborted, Benighted and many more) at Kohlekeller Studio, and features guitarist Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn on the song “Waffenbrüder”.

Kristian Kohle says:

”We worked hard to take the Kanonenfieber sound to the next level. This one is hands down more aggressive, deeper and more intense than anything they have done before. Buckle up!“

Maik Weichert comments:

“Kanonenfieber electrifies me both as a musician and as a historian. The relentless musical power and melodics as well as the detailed work with authentic sources are really something very special in this form. No flat clichés or superficial provocations, but a highly creative musical mosaic with a clear attitude that shows us one of the darkest chapters in human history. I am really looking forward to holding the finished record in my hands and immersing myself in the music and the stories.”

Credit: Stephanie Rifkin @photos_by_tiffany_anne

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