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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

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CREST OF DARKNESS Release ‘Demon Child’ Video

Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS, whose sixth full-length album, In The Presence Of Death, is scheduled for release via My Kingdom Music on February 25th, have posted a new video for a track from the album. The video is produced and directed by MONITORmedia, using a special video mix of the track ‘Demon Child’. Photography is by Anders Børrensen and Levent Ultanur. Editing is by Øivind Kristiansen.

‘Demon Child’ uses live footage of the band, which features the lineup of founder and frontman Ingar Amlien on vocals and bass, Rebo on lead guitars, Kjetil Hektoen (SJODOGG) on drums and Kjell Arne Hubred on rhythm guitars. Hubred left the band due to family and other commitments shortly after In the Presence of Death was finished and has since been replaced by DJEVELKULT guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim.

The video for ‘Demon Child’ can be seen below:

In The Presence Of Death tracklisting is as follows:

‘Intro’
‘In The Presence Of Death’
‘Demon Child’
‘Redemption’
‘The Priest From Hell’
‘Welcome To My Funeral’
‘Womb Of The Wolf’
‘Vampire Dreams’
‘From The Dead’
‘The Day Before She Died’

‘From the Dead’, a track from the upcoming album, can be heard below:

Check out an album trailer below:

For more details visit Crestofdarkness.com.

LOST SOCIETY – “Braindead Metalhead“ viral video online!

Aspiring Finnish thrash metal youngsters LOST SOCIETY present another new track of their upcoming killer debut album “Fast Loud Death” that will be released via Nuclear Blast on March 15.
Click here to bang your heads to “Braindead Metalhead” and find out what thrash legends like Mille of KREATOR, Schmier of DESTRUCTION, Andreas Kisser of SEPULTURA and many others say about LOST SOCIETY and “Fast Loud Death”

Also make sure to check out:
The official “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)” video clip:http://youtu.be/_VYaSmFcfVM
the “behind-the-scenes @ the GBOB world finals” video:http://bit.ly/14vcOAE
the 1st part of the track-by-track series: http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ

Order the digital 2-track iTunes single including `Trash All Over You´ and `Braindead Metalhead´ here: http://bit.ly/116PGJN

www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland | www.nuclearblast.de/lostsociety

RAVEN LORD – New Audio Interview With Frontman Csaba Zvekan Online

Brian Rademacher at RockEyez recently conducted an interview with RAVEN LORD singer/songwriter/producer Csaba Zvekan. Check it out below:

Raven Lord’s debut album, Descent To The Underworld, was released worldwide in February. The complete tracklisting for the CD is as follows:

‘The Rebel’
‘Attila The Hun’
‘Let The Show Go On’
‘Seal Of The Cross’
‘Settle The Score’
‘Promised Land’
‘Black Friar’
‘World Out Of Steel’
‘Revelation’
‘Metal Knights’
‘Sun God’

The new song ‘Black Friar’ can be streamed below.

http://soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/raven-lord-black-friar

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL, OPETH) and mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANGRA, DOKKEN). The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was made by Caio Caldas “CadiesArt“, who has previously worked with DORO, PAUL D’IANNO, SEVEN KINGDOMS, DOMINANZ and VIOLET SUN, among others.

Raven Lord is:

Csaba Zvekan (KILLING MACHINE, SARDONYX, EMERGENCY) – vocals
Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) – lead guitar
George Karafotis (VERMILLION DAYS, OPERATION X) – guitar
Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) – bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (BLAZE BALEY, STUKA SQUADRON) – drums
To be announced – keyboards

For more on Raven Lord visit Facebook.

WORMED: Madrid’s Sci-Fi Death Metallers Premiere New Track Via NPR

WORMED: Madrid’s Sci-Fi Death Metallers Premiere New Track Via NPR

Today respected radio portal NPR (National Public Radio) brings forth “The Nonlocality Trilemma,” from sci-fi death metal space voyagers, WORMED. The exclusive track premiere comes from the band’s forthcoming studio outing, Exodromos. Commended for its “astronomically high mindfuck factor” by Decibel Magazine, the 10-track production serves as the prequel to Planisphaerium (originally released in 2003 in Japan then remastered last year by Willowtip), which centers itself around futuristic science concepts and chaotic visions of the last human left in the cosmos. Recorded at Sadman Studios in Madrid, Spain and mastered by Mika Jussila (Amorphis, Impaled Nazarene, Children of Bodom, Nightwish etc.) at the infamous Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland, Exodromos will be unleashed upon the masses on March 26, 2013 via Willowtip Records.

 

Comments the band of the pulverizing hymn: “’The Nonlocality Trilemma’ talks about the escape of Krighsu from planet Earth. This is one of the tracks where Krighsu begins to question life and worth of his mission. Their extremely technological spacecraft takes off quickly and breaks the barrier of space time through the interstellar medium in seconds, leaving the solar system forever. Krighsu is one of the main characters in the WORMED concept. He represents the consciousness of humanity in a futuristic and technological context. He carries the human seed, and he’s the last hope of human life. The album in particular talks about the demise of the solar system and the universe in the year 8K. Krighsu is entrusted with the salvation of human life.”

Turn up “The Nonlocality Trilemma,” and shatter your planet HERE.

Sophisticated, sharp and meticulously calculated, with Exodromos WORMED hurls a maniacal ambush of concentrated brutality and deep space delirium. Made of dissonant yet dynamic hyper-technical guitar traveling at breakneck speeds, the record offers up some of the band’s most technical and plainly obliterating material to date. For Exodromos preorders, got to THIS LOCATION.

http://www.facebook.com/wormed
http://www.wormed.net
http://www.willowtip.com
http://www.facebook.com/willowtip
http://www.twitter.com/willowtip
http://willowtip.bandcamp.com

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