Always well constructed and enjoyable
Company: Nuclear Blast
Olof Wikstrand and company do it again!
It seems plenty of bands can play '80's-derived metal, but few can bring something fresh to the genre while respecting its traditions. For the fourth time, Sweden's Enforcer prove themselves among those precious few. Of course, there is little here that hasn't been done before. It's all in how they do it. Each Enforcer album maintains certain band trademarks while having a flavor that makes it distinct from the band's other releases, and "From Beyond" is no exception. This time around, the spice of choice seems to be a little more melody than exhibited the last time around (see"Undying Evil," the title track and "Farewell," with its elegant acoustic intro), plus the odd hint of divebomb-happy guitar heroics ("Destroyer"). "Below The Slumber" perhaps takes the melodic thing a little too far (those opening vocal lines- really?) and the ponderous closing epic "Mask of Red Death" is an experiment that narrowly evades Spinal Tap-ish collapse. The rest is never life-changing, but always well constructed and enjoyable.
Keep it up, guys!
Swedish traditional metal outfit Enforcer are back with "From Beyond", a heavy dose of 80's, NWOBHM-infused speed metal that sounds like it was pulled out of a time capsule. Vocals, music, and production scream retro like a Castle Grayskull He-Man set with ripping tracks chock full of whammy bombing, frantic noodling and speedy solos. I found myself getting a little worn out as the album went on as the songs started to blend together. Overall, this is a collectable, nostalgic album for fans of metal's "Golden Era". But for the casual metal fan or those of us that are all over the metal tree, this one is better left unplucked.