Company: Nuclear Blast Release: 2015 Genre: Traditional Reviewer: Vinaya
Always well constructed and enjoyable
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!
About this Writer: Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.
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