World at War 1914-1918
Black Plague Records
I thought that the name Sturmtiger rang a bell, but it turned out that I was really thinking of another war metal outfit, Truppensturm. No matter, as a band with such a moniker, along with the apocalyptic, post-war painting that is presented on their cover artwork, one almost instantly knows what to expect on this Danish outfit’s debut full length album, World at War 1914-1918.
Unsurprisingly, World at War kicks off with the sounds of celebration which slowly goes into the unease and impending doom with The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand. For your Fatherland then hits the listener hard, and instantly one is thrown into Sturmtiger‘s brand of war metal. The riffs of VJ are relentless, and he brings in a wide range of influences, from the bestial, primitive style of bands like Morbosidad and Blasphemophagher down to the more Polish sounding style of Infernal War or Azarath. His frantic solos, along with that urgent and frantic drumming of BL add to that overall sense of chaos that one feels while listening to World at War.
The entire production of the album ensures that one constantly feels this sense of suffocation and oppression, with the bass of PB adding lots of heaviness to the overall sound of World at War.
The last 2 tracks present a surprise to the listener though, as Knivdrab and Mordet | Hammer Bakker sound remarkably different from what was presented before. Instead of the aggressive black/death metal, the 2 bonus tracks show a more traditional form of black metal, and one can’t help but think of the early works of Norwegian bands such as Mayhem or Darkthrone.
At 8 tracks (inclusive of 2 bonus tracks) and clocking in at about 40 minutes, I wouldn’t really consider this a full length release. But semantics and categorisation aside, Sturmtiger‘s debut has shown the whole range of influences that the band has put into their songwriting.