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ENFORCER Interviewed In Vienna (Video)

On February 12, Stormbringer.at webzine conducted an interview with Swedish metallers ENFORCER before their concert at Viper Room in Vienna, Austria. You can now watch the chat below.

ENFORCER released its new album, “Death By Fire”, on February 1 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD artwork was created by Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art and can be seen below.

“Death By Fire” track listing:

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

The official video for the song “Mesmerized By Fire” from ENFORCER can be seen below. The clip was filmed with director, and the band’s longtime friend, Gustav Öhman Spjuth. The group states: “We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it’s definitely not just any other video.”

The “Mesmerized By Fire” seven-inch single was released on January 18.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

Side A: “Mesmerized By Fire”
Side B: “You Can Be” (non-album track)

In addition to the limited-edition vinyl, there was also be a digital release.

Commented ENFORCER guitarist/vocalist Olof Wikstrand: “‘Mesmerized By Fire’ is more or less the title track from the ‘Death By Fire’ album. I think within four minutes it captures pretty much everything about ENFORCER: intensity and power mixed with a touch of melody and melancholy. The B-side is a cover of NAGAZAKI‘s ‘You Can Be’. It is a track with mega potential from a band that unfortunately never made it in the ’80s.”

ENFORCER‘s second album, “Diamonds”, was released in May 2010 in Europe by Earache Records and in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery.

Having released its debut album, “Into the Night”, in November 2008, ENFORCER kicked open the floodgates for the return of traditional heavy metal, paving the way for many other young bands to follow. With critical acclaim pouring in from fans and the international music press, ENFORCER wasted no time taking their show to the road for their first European and American tours as well as a litany of appearances at many of Europe’s most highly regarded festivals.

Photo credit: Gustav Öhman Spjuth

Music Review: Midnite Hellion Enter the Unknown EP

Music Review: Midnite Hellion

Enter the Unknown EP

Label: Indie

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I recently was contacted by a band called Midnite Hellion hailing from Trenton, New Jersey asking me if I would mind reviewing their ep Enter the Unknown.  Well of course I don’t mind.  If I did I wouldn’t be a music reviewer now would I?

After reviewing Zamboni’s ep Sucks! The Stupid Ep I was unsure what I was going to get out of Jersey these days…after all it is the home of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and we all know how ef’ed up that is…and how metal it is too.  So should you Enter the Unknown with Midnite Hellion or be a grammar Nazi and autocorrect their name right now?  Read on!

What kind of band do we have with Midnite Hellion?  Is it a retro band?  Is it a talented band?  Is it a band on the verge of something special?  Well the answers to these questions are a traditional metal band that has good solid talent that with a little more time and experience could be a band that makes a name for themselves.

Midnite Hellion is at its core a New Wave of British Heavy Metal Band which, with bands like Holy Grail, White Wizzard, Enforcer and Skullfist and some others seem to be making some sort of comeback.

Midnight Hellion’s sound has catchy melodies, the old school sound but with a bit of modern touches in their production and a vocalist that goes between midrange growls to trying to hit the high end notes.  You have two guitarists that you will hear compliment off each other at times and songs that talk about supernatural and horror elements that some of those old NWOBHM bands would sing about.

I think Midnite Hellion have the core ingredients to maybe get them signed to a label with a few caveats.  The first is the vocalist.   The first song on the EP is 1903.   In nearly the whole song he seems to be trying to sing out of his range and it really took me out of the song.  However, the other 3 songs on the Ep he reverts to a more mid-range growl vocal style which I thought sounded amazing and helped the songs really hit and I thought he complimented  the songs really well when he did this.  He would also revert back to trying to sing high like the old NWOBHM bands would, like Praying Mantis, and it just did not work.  I’m not saying this to bash the singer anyway.

Being a singer is tough, and he may mature into singing in the high range more effectively as time goes on and I can even see where such a style would sound good in the song if implemented properly.  Can anyone remember what James Hetfield sounded like on those first Metallica albums?  Yeah.  So anything is possible.

As of right now though, I think when he sang in the mid range areas the songs were so much stronger and he reminded me a bit of Armored Saint’s John Bush.  If he can get the high range vocals down then we might have a force to reckon with here.

The only other thing is I wish the songs had a bit more “PUNCH” to their sound but overall we have good song compositions and I think with a little more time Midnite Hellion can mature and find a niche for themselves.  Which I hope they do.  I’m really interested to see what a few more years together can produce from these guys as I think they can break through and get a deal.

Keep it rocking guys.

Bands Official Homepage:

http://www.midnitehellion.com/index.html

Listen to the songs here:

http://www.midnitehellion.com/music1.html