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Music Review: Enforcer CD: Death By Fire

Music Review: Enforcer

CD: Death By Fire

Label: Nuclear Blast

Available: Now

ENFORCER

I have always been a fan of the early New Wave Of Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) sound which was so instrumental in spearheading the surge in heavy metal popularity in the early to mid-80’s before you had the mega successful bands finally able to be financed by mega record labels and placed inside recording studios to give them a ultra polished production sound to help them sell a million copies of their record.

As the metal scene/sound  evolved during the 80’s and beyond I noticed that the bands tended sound more and more removed in their recording due to the production of their albums which to me sometimes would make the band’s sound seem sterile and detached sometimes.  I also understand time marches on but sometimes at the cost of losing that something special that once made the band great.  I once read where Tom G. Warrior once stated that when he first heard the sounds of early Metallica and the American Thrash bands of the mid-80’s it was so different from the European bands of the time.  He said the European bands sounded more like pub bands in their studio sound and the American bands had a more of a clinical sound.  Though those early thrash bands still had that special warm sound and not the polished sound we hear today.  But that old sound was a sound that helped us identify with those bands and feel we were a part of what they were doing.

Now that we live in a age where more people are able to have bands, record their music and be more creative without the pressure of a record label CEO telling a band how to sound, we are beginning to see bands go to a more stripped down form of recording their mixes and leaving the raw aggression and youth sound in their music.

This brings us to the Swedish band Enforcer.  Enforcer has taken up the torch of the old NWOBHM sound and applied it to their sound, image, lyrics and style.  And all I can say is what a breath of fresh air it is.  From start to bottom of their album “Death by Fire” you have classic early 80’s metal in the youthful high ranges vocals, the intimate, warm, sound of the old school way of recording their songs, the twin guitars, and the catchy choruses.

Songs like ‘Death Rides The Night’ is pure NWOBHM as is the instrumental ‘Crystal Suite’ which will make you think you are listening to old Iron Maiden…as in Maiden’s debut album/Killers old.  Here you will hear a style all in the form of those old bands from the early 80’s.  Bands like Angel Witch, Praying Mantis, Exciter, Venom, Diamond Head and early Iron Maiden are all obvious influences here.

This album reminds of a time when if you were a kid in the 80’s you would buy a record and sit in your room, that was filled with posters of metal bands (and scantly glad women), for hours listening to the album on your record player as you look over the albums artwork and photos of the band just to know more about them.

I really can’t get enough of the sound on this album and just the raw enthusiasm of the songs, and the songs themselves are really great with catchy hooks and excellent guitar work.

I don’t think Enforcer is an aberration either.  You have bands like Skullfist, White Wizzard, Holy Grail, Lost Society and a slew of other younger bands who are trying to go after this sound.  I feel this is a telling sign that our youth of today, no longer influenced either by MTV or radio, who is wanting to strip away the clean image and glitter that, pervades our pop music and even some our metal scene of today and just ROCK and be rebellious.  A sound that makes you feel as if you are THERE.

Go out and get Enforcer’s ‘Death By Fire’ and experience the resurgence of what helped make Heavy Metal great to begin with.

Rating: 4.25/5

Website:

http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/about/2782176.enforcer.html

Line Up:

  • Olof Wikstrand

(Vocals, Guitar)

  • Jonas Wikstrand

(Drums)

  • Joseph Tholl

(Guitar)

  • Tobias Lindqvist

(Bass)

Death By Fire Tracklisting:

01. Bells Of Hades

02. Death Rides This Night

03. Run For Your Life

04. Mesmerized By Fire

05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare

06. Crystal Suite

07. Sacrificed

08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation

09. Satan

SAXON – Sacrifice EPK Now Online

SAXON’s new album, Sacrifice, will be released on March 1st in Europe, March 4th in the UK, and March 26th in North America.

Sacrifice tracklisting:

‘Procession’
‘Sacrifice’
‘Made In Belfast’
‘Warriors Of The Road’
‘Guardians Of The Tomb’
‘Stand Up And Fight’
‘Walking The Steel’
‘Night Of The Wolf’
‘Wheels Of Terror’
‘Standing In A Queue’

Bonus track:
‘Luck Of The Draw’ (iTunes only)

Bonus Disc:
‘Crusader’ (Orchestrated version)
‘Just Let Me Rock’ (Re-recorded version)
‘Requiem’ (Acoustic version)
‘Frozen Rainbow’ (Acoustic version)
‘Forever Free’ (Re-recorded version)

A new EPK for the album can be seen below:

Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album, A Call To Arms.

Check out a track-by-track overview by BraveWords scribe Mark Gromen at this location.

Saxon have extended their Sacrifice World Tour, adding a continental European leg, to kick off on June 7th at Sweden Rock Festival.

Says the band: “Rest assured that this will not be all – we will be announcing further dates to complete our world run and be back with some great surprises!”

Saxon tour dates:

March
24 – Plaza Condesa – Mexico City, Mexico
26 – A Seringueira – Sao Paulo, Brazil
28 – El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
30 – Gillmanfest – Caracas, Venezuela

April
18- Assembly – Leamington Spa, UK
19 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
20 – Academy – Newcastle, UK
21 – ABC – Glasgow, UK
23 – Ritz – Manchester, UK
24 – Leeds, UK – Academy
26 – Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton, UK
27 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
28 – Academy – Bristol, UK

June
7 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
10 – Brno, Czech Republic – Fleda
11 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
12 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cvetlicarna
14 – Florence, Italy – Viper
15 – Rome, Italy – Orion
16 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
18 – Barcelona, Spain – Bikini
19 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Arena
21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest Festival
22 – Sankt Goarshausen, Germany – Metalfest
23 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schüür
24 – Solothum, Switzerland – Kofmhel
26 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
27 – Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
28 – Osnabrück, Germany – Halle Gartlage
29 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

Tour With SAXON On The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience

Have you ever dreamt about or wondered what it feels like to travel around like a real rock star? Do you want to ride, party and sleep in a real rock’n’roll-nightliner-bus? Just like the band and crew? Do you want to experience life on the road – like your favourite band? SAXON? How about not only like Saxon – but with them? Dream no more, because now not only is this possible, it is now a reality!

According to a press release:

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience offers you – for the first time ever – the opportunity to join Saxon on tour! Travel with us in a real nightliner bus, the same kind of bus that the band and crew travel in on their tour. We will take you to selected gigs (Nottingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Dates 19, 20, 21, and 22nd of April). You will follow the bands tour bus to the gigs, and in most cases (depends on individual gig access) park right next to them.

You will then join the band and crew at soundchecks, we will provide your tickets for the shows and also arrange for you to have priority access/entrance to the shows so that you get the best views at the shows. Not only that but we will arrange either an exclusive The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience-meet-and-greet with the entire band where you can ask them anything you have been dying to ask them, get your autographs and take loads of your own pictures, close-up and personal. Or we will arrange that you will have a once-in-a-lifetime-treat, your own exclusive meal with the band in a local restaurant or backstage. (the meet-and-greet or meal will be confirmed in advance, so you will know which of these fantastic offers are available)

In addition you will receive your own collectable laminated exclusive The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience-tourpass. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience has saved the best treat until last, we will arrange your own fantastic aftershow party with the entire band attending. This party will be the highlight of your The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience tour with us.

Included in the deal:

• Your own Rock ‘N’ Roll-nightliner-bus and experienced Rock ‘N’ Roll-driver.

• Your own tour manager who will liaise with the bands tour manager to organise each days events.

• You will have VIP-access to all the gigs/shows.

So do not wonder anymore, live the dream and join us on our next tour.

All of this is available exclusively to Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience-clients only. There are very limited places available for these fantastic touring experiences on each tour.

For more details visit Rocknroll-experience.eu.