Minenwerfer – Feuerwalze (Review)

Minenwerfer - FeuerwalzeMinenwerfer are a black metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Brought to us by an ex-member of Lycus and Plague Widow, Feuerwalze contains 49 minutes of black metal that’s harsh, unforgiving, and utterly merciless.

Minenwerfer’s black metal has a furious intensity to it. The shades of aggression that can be found on Feuerwalze are staggering in their potency, and the band’s passionate execution is violently vigorous. Minenwerfer’s shock and awe approach to black metal benefits from strategic thinking, and Feuerwalze is well-planned and delivered by professionals.

However, Feuerwalze is not just about brutality, although there is certainly enough of that here. Instead, it has a depth of delivery that’s intricately wrought and technically proficient, despite the torrents of nightmarish aggression that flow freely from these songs. The band’s songwriting is engaging and infectious, and creates oppressive and dark moods that complement the violent material.

Feuerwalze is cruel and relentless. The pace is murderous and the songs lethal. Fiery solos blaze bright in the face of the music’s darkness, coloured like hot arterial blood. These songs are raw, dense, and hostile, and this gritty demeanour is matched by the album’s production. Minenwerfer’s attack is fast, deadly, and grim. They’re not afraid to get their hands bloody and delve deep into the melee with skill and fury.

Feuerwalze grows in power and strength the more you visit the battlegrounds in which it stalks like a spectre of death. Minenwerfer have created a monster of blackened intensity and immense violence, and it’s ready to devour.

Very highly recommended.

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