Enabler‘s “new life” kind of hits with a similar power of when i first heard refused’s “new noise”, just such an overpowering and infectious energy you knew it was going to infect the whole “scene.” the reason this grind and avant garde influenced hardcore/thrash amalgam are getting so much traction is they kill. it is firing on all cylinders, from the opening eerie tones of their recent flies ep on the compound, to a bloodthirsty touring drive. the gritty and focused resolve to this shit is unreal, while the band also respectfully ignore people who want them to be more traditional and manage to molest the shit out of weird high notes that create sheets of ghostly electricity waves searing the upper cortex.
“neglect” is a crazy blend of megadeth riffing meets universal order of armmaggedon-esque brittle, post-hardcore shit. and that breakdown trap them meets frickin’ integrity section is beastly. this record really just gives and gives, a shot of adrenaline right into the heart of the scene for anyone who really gives a fuck. i was so excited to see this band’s rise as they have been working really hard, and when they announced they were working on the art with my pittsburgh designer friend chris smith of the band hindsight, i knew it would be a masterful pairing. the john carpentar influenced illustration caps a bold record of brave new world inhabitants who want a little more out of life. “i will not give in to feaaaar,” roar the vocals on the sprawl core of dissonant opus “rain darkness”, before the gloom of “felnoy” sits in with alienating inevitability.
so far, at this juncture, this is the hardcore influenced record to beat of the first half of this here 2014 year.
“balance of terror” is evidence that enabler also can kick out the socially aware jams, with that title alone a perfect synopsis of the state of the world. “the exiles” is like the new rumblefish of an anthem for the raw trash influenced minded. the early sepultura love of this band shines here, just grim as fuck. i hurt my neck on a construction job recently, but hearing this song i have to fucking headbang. it says something that these guys were tapped by eyehategod for some real, down in the trenches 2014 touring.
Ryan Steigerwald is a monster on this beast of a memorable release, bringing ringworm aggresion and stomp to the proceedings. fast parts, slow decimation, blazing fills, tricky little licks…dude can do it all. this record makes you envision you are running across rooftops with the band in some neo-crime future or resisting arrest somewhere, sickened by the wake of humanity’s ugly footprints on mother earth.