Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nihilistischen Complete

Our new album, "Nihilistischen", has finally been completed!

Details about the full album release date soon to come!






















Nihilistischen

I. "One has renounced grand life when one renounces war"
II. Sea of Nihilism
III. Lusitania
IV. Conquest
V. "Man shall be trained for war and woman for the procreation of the warrior"
VI. Schlachtkreuzer
VII. Seydlitz
VIII. Carnage of Jutland
IX. On Philosophy and War
X. "It is mere illusion and pretty sentiment to expect much from mankind if he forgets
how to make war"
XI. Wilhelmshaven
XII. Famine
XIII. Heldenklage

Generalfeldmarschall Kriegshammer - Bass, Vocals
Wachtmeister Verwüstung - Guitars, backing vocals
Feldwebel Rabenkrähe - Drums

Recorded at Mayhemeness Recording Studios in Sacramento, CA between December 9 - 14.

Written from May 2010 to September 2011.

All songs by Generalfeldmarschall Kriegshammer except "Famine" by Wachtmeister Verwüstung, "Schlachtkreuzer" by Verwüstung and Kriegshammer, and "Heldenklage" by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.


To listen to a track from it, click play here:



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Der Rote Kampfflieger Availble For Download


Since we have not heard back about when our new EP will be released on tape, we decided to make the download available on our bandcamp page, so check it out.

We will post again when the physical copy is available!

It can be found here: Der Rote Kampfflieger

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nihilistischen

We will not be playing any gigs for the rest of the year unless it's a special occasion or just some offer we really cannot refuse. This is in order to rehearse for our second full-length Nihilistischen which we have booked recording time for in December.

We will be back in 2012 with new patches, shirts, a new album, and a new setlist!

Prepare to be taken back to the North Sea of 1915.



In other news Der Rote Kampfflieger should be released on Nov. 1st through WinterKalt Records.

More info here: http://winterkaltrecords.co.nr/

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Show

Come out and see us on October 16th with a killer line up of bands!

Thanks to BuriedinHell for asking us to be on this!







More shows to come, and within the next week we should have the masters of our next two releases. On another note, studio time for the recording of our second full-length has been booked for this December. There also may be some updates about more shows soon.











Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Old Demos

Due to being asked if we had our demos at previous gigs, we have decided to put them up for free download on our bandcamp page. We will probably not release physical copies of these at any point, unless we go back and totally rerecord them.

All of our releases can be found at our BANDCAMP page. Just click the link.

The old demos below have just been added, and are free to download.




Kaiserreich (December 2007)

http://minenwerfer.bandcamp.com/album/kaiserreich-demo















Albatros In Flames (Single) (May 2009)

http://minenwerfer.bandcamp.com/album/albatros-in-flames-demo-single

















Alle beruhigen sich auf der West Vorderseite (September 2009)

http://minenwerfer.bandcamp.com/album/alle-beruhigen-sich-auf-der-west-vorderseite-demo

















Again, the Darkness Over Sacramento Fest is on Sept. 19th. We'll be playing around 2:00, so get there early!

We may be recording this show for an upcoming live EP!

We are still waiting to get our final mixes for our Der Rote Kampfflieger EP and our song for our split. Hopefully these will be released soon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Show Added/Recording Update










































Also the aformentioned gig opening for Dodsferd on Sept. 18th.

Recording for our cassette EP release and 7" Split are both completed.

The new working title of the EP is "Der Rote Kampfflieger" (The Red Battle Flier). More details and cover art to come.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Note on Flags - Repost

Minenwerfer is a band that has tried to convey the music of the First World War (1914-1918), and the interesting themes, topics, and history of that war. One of the original inspirations of this was due to the First World War being overshadowed by the second, and that the trenches could bring to life an intense war atmosphere that could be adequately expressed in Black Metal.

Unfortunately, we have decided to retire a few of our flags that we use for our live stage show, due to being misunderstood. Although we are retiring these flags I would like to give historical context to these flags, and why we had used them as a part of our stage set up. We would like to dispel any rumors of NS connotations from the band due to the use of flags. They were meant to convey the historical era reflected in our lyrics, but unfortunately in our post-WWII world, many of these symbols have been hijacked by racist scum. Here lies a short explanation of the flags we used on stage, what they are/were, and why we are retiring a few.

As a reference guide here is a basic German flag guide: List of German Flags
A more in-depth explanation of German historical flags: Comprehensive Flag Guide

Imperial War Flag (Reichskreigsflagg) 1867-1918 (Version 1903-1918)




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This is the Imperial War Flag used throughout World War I. There are a few similar versions of it that date back to the North German Confederation in 1867, but this was the final evolution of the flag. We used this flag to represent the German Empire (1871-1918). It had no racist connotations, but in our post-WWII era it has been hijacked by right-wing organizations and racists since flags bearing swastikas have been banned in Germany and many other places throughout Europe. Unfortunately, because of this our original intentions for the use of this flag have been misunderstood. It was never used in WWII and was never a Nazi flag at any time. The flag fell out of use after the establishment of the Weimar Republic. The last real use was during a 1920 attempt to overthrow the republic, known as the the Kapp Putsch. This flag was used by monarchist (i.e. NOT Nazis) during this revolt. Despite this, we would not like to have any notion that we sympathize with these right-wing racist organizations, and have retired the flag from our stage set up.




Marine Jack (Kriegsschiffsgösch) (1867-1918)




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Another flag that has it's historical roots from the North German Confederation. It is mainly known as the naval flag of Imperial Germany. Much like the Imperial Reichskriegsflagg its original meaning has been tarnished due to right-wing organizations. This flag was not used during WWII. It was used briefly in 1933-1935 by Nazis in a different version in which the Iron Cross was off-centered. They later commissioned their own naval jack with swastikas, which went on to be used in WWII. Unfortunately, this is another flag we have decided to retire.


National and merchant flag (National- und Handelsflagge)
(1867-1918)





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While this flag was not used on stage by us, we had hoped to use it at some point. This flag basically has the same story as the naval jack. Use by racist organizations have made it so we are unable to use this flag. It is sad that it's historical meaning has been erased by these ignorant bigots. When we eventually reach a point in which our lyrical concepts revolve around the North German Confederation, we will unfortunately not be able to use this flag.

FURTHER FLAG EXPLANATIONS FOR FLAGS WE INTEND TO USE IN THE FUTURE

The following are flags that we plan on continuing to use, or plan on using at some point in the future when our lyrical concepts reflect that point in history. These flags have no racist connections whatsoever. If you disagree, please leave a rebuttal statement and explanation, so we can reconsider.


Flag of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701-1918) (Version 1891-1918)






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Prussia is a former state of Germany, and at one point the largest and most powerful. It has a long, interesting, and rich history. After the collapse of the German Empire in 1918, Prussia became a free state. Prussia had various flags pre-1918, that would also be a great addition to our stage show. We currently use this flag, and see no reason to change that. This flag has no racist connotations, and isn't used by right-wing racists in modern day. The most that could be said for it is that those that believe the monarchy should still be ruling may have a connection to it presently. I would safely say, no one takes them seriously.

More on the various flags of Prussia can be found here: History of Prussian Flags



Flag of the Holy Roman Empire (1430–1806 Version)











Flag of the Holy Roman Empire 1200–1350






These are flags of the Holy Roman Empire. These are just two of the main designs among many. Neither have racist connections. For use when our lyrics reflect medieval warfare.



Flag of the Teutonic Knights




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Teutonic Knights Grand Master (1198)

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These are also just a few of many flags of the Teutonic Knights. Also for use when our lyrics convey medieval warfare.

For a look at various Prussian, Holy Roman Empire, and Teutonic Knights flags look here: Various Pre-1805 Flags


Austrian Flags

Flag of the House of Habsburg (Austrian Empire) (1720-1918) (Not common after 1867)






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For use when lyrical concepts deal with Napoleonic Wars, War of the Austrian Succession, Austro-Prussian war, etc.


Flag of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1867-1918




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Flag of the duel monarchy from 1867 up to WWI.



Conclusion

From here on out, listing more flags that we plan on using would be tedious. We also have plans to use various French flags in the future, and so on. I hope this blog may have been somewhat educational, and I hope it dispels any notion of NS sympathies. It's sad that ignorance, and bigotry, has shadowed an interesting and lively history.

To end this blog, I would once again reiterate that Minenwerfer has no political ideology. We do not support Nazism, Fascism, Neo-Nazism, Crypto-Fascism, racism, or anything related. We also do not want to alienate potential fans that may be ignorant of our intentions, and jump to the conclusions that we support these ideologies. Even if we did mention these things in our lyrics, it wouldn't mean that we condoned the actions.

This being said, war is evil, brutal, filthy, destructive and brings out the worst in mankind. That's why it's our topic of choice.

- Feldmarschall Kriegshammer


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Recording

We will be recording in August 18th. 3 songs for our European tape release, and an extra song to add to our completed but unreleased split with Rotten Funeral.

These should both be out within the year.

Also the new full length is coming closer to being finished everyday. It's about 2/3 done at this point, and will also hopefully be released by the end of the year. It has unfortunately taken much longer to be finished than we had hoped, but it will see the light of day.

- Kriegshammer

Friday, August 5, 2011

Upcoming gigs

Welcome to our new blog. No one reads what is on myspace anymore, so here is this page to take a gander at for band updates.

To begin, we have two gigs coming up:


The first at The Fire Escape on August 19th:





















And the Darkness Over Sacramento Fest also at The Fire Escape opening for Dodsferd on Sept 18th