There will never be another Bolt Thrower, but 1914 comes very close to matching Bolt Thrower at its peak on The Blind Leading the Blind, and that is one of the highest compliments that could ever be paid to a death metal band. The riffing, the drumming (both when blasting and when plodding), the thoughtful and well-researched lyrics, and the atmosphere all evoke the horrors of battle, and not from a 30,000-foot high perspective, but rather, up close and personal. Of course, 1914 is not a Bolt Thrower clone, and this is not a derivative album, incorporating some elements of black metal and doom metal to add variety to the proceedings. A lot of this album is mid-paced, punctuated with moderate use of blast beats and hyper-speed riffing, though some songs are fast all the way through. What makes this contrast in tempo, both within and between songs, so effective beyond the quality of the music itself is that the lyrics and the music are so perfectly matched. Consider the doom-laden, heavy as hell A7V Mephisto, with its brief, explosive mid-song section; the tank and its crew are hunting and engaging targets that are no match for them (slow and heavy), the tank, damaged, engages in a furious battle with a capable foe (fast and intense), and finally, the tank and its crew are defeated (slow and heavy). This is effective storytelling, and not many do it like 1914. There will never be another Bolt Thrower. We are blessed, however, to have 1914.