California thrash metallers Warbringer are preparing to tear across North America. The tour will start January 5 at the Gramercy Theatre.
Check out a comment from vocalist John Kevill and the full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Enforcer are back with a sturdy classic heavy metal by the books record. The debate is always raging if this style is mroe pure or if people are just retreading the past. Whatever you think, Enforcer have written a great metal record that could have come out in 1986. The band claim they don’t limit the type of music they write but this album is all clearly under the classic heavy metal sound genre. Ripping solos, soaring/shriekd vocals and mostly breakneck tempos to start up a thrashing intense time. “One With Fire” or any of the tracks really all have something to offer and could each be singles in their own right, though again this is for a certain type of fan with a retro bent. Hints of early Metallica and also nspired by eastern European metal bands from the late 80s and early 90s, such as CREDO, MAGNIT, POKOLGEP and KAT, this record is unabashed heavy metal pride. Proto-ballad “Below The Slumber” features a sick melodic, piercing vocal from very talented singer Olof Wikstrand. If it was the 80’s this dude would be a metal god, for sure. The arrangements are rewarding if traditional and you’ll be undeoubtedly banging your head or making a “this is cool” face, furrowing your brow and nodding along, tapping your foot to these “anti-existential” leaning songs as the dual guitars carry you along/aloft.
The recording is the perfect blend of old and new production for the Enforcer sound and, like Amulet’s recent record, is one of my favorite things about the release. The band seem to have known exactly what sound would suit their charging compositions best. “From Beyond”, the title track, has a very Maiden-esque or kind of old Horror movie soundtrack vibe, a wise choice for the “focus” track. The chorus/repeated phrase of the title and the guitars above the very Steve Harris bass attack of this number ensure it sticks in your head. Also a standout is the quite NWOBHM take no prisoners number “The Banshee” which just explodes out the gate with liquid fire leads and then kicks in with purpose to blow the doors off any venue. It’s got delicious high shrieks and fun lyrics, definitely my favorite track. While this album isn’t creating a new path for metal, it’s a great addition to any collection and sure to liven up any keg party. And if anything, the cover art just screams “cool back patch.” \m/
Vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand commented: “It feels great to finally have finished this long awaited third Enforcer record. Now with Nuclear Blast on board we’re gonna make sure to spread it to every corner of this planet. You can expect nothing but the total, self defining Enforcer record.“
Nuclear Blast’s Andy Siry stated: “We’ve been following the career of Enforcer since their debut album, because from there on, they formed the spearhead of a new, young generation of traditionally influenced metal. We’re impressed by the bands consequent and authentic appearance, whether on stage, concerning their sound, their image and so on. This reminds of the atmosphere of departure and the rebellion, heavy metal represented at the beginning of the 80’s. Enforcer have got that special something, represent their ideals and they know what they want. We’re looking forward to the upcoming CD and a long successful cooperation.”Add to My Radar
Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer have announced the plans and dates for a co-headlining tour with Bullet. The tour will begin April 7th in Germany and end April 23rd in Belgium. Click here for the full dates.
The band’s latest album “Diamonds,” was released from Earache Records on May 25, 2010.Add to My Radar
Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer premieres “Midnight Vice” from their current album, “Diamonds,” which was released from Earache Records on May 25, 2010. With a sound that takes you back to the early days of metal, Enforcer says “heavy metal is not old school, it’s timeless.” According to a press release, “Diamonds” “picks up where its predecessor left off; with a pure old -school heavy metal album of the highest caliber, this time showcasing a broader range of talent and metal influences highlighted by the wizardry of renowned Swedish producer Rikard Lofgren.”
To watch the video, click here.Add to My Radar
Enforcer were travelling from Oslo to Stockholm on the morning of November 10th and were near their hometown of Arvika when their vehicle skidded on ice and collided with a snow-plough.
Enforcer’s vehicle was destroyed in the accident, but the members of the band all survived with only minor injuries. Following a short break to recover from the incident, the band is now back on the road and will be rejoining the Airbourne tour tonight (November 16th) in Berlin, Germany.Add to My Radar
Swedish heavy metal masters Enforcer have been involved in a serious bus crash while on tour in their homeland. The band, who are on tour in Europe supporting Australian hard rockers Airbourne, were travelling from Oslo to Stockholm in a snowstorm at around 3:00am on the morning of 10th November and were near their hometown of Arvika when their vehicle skidded on ice, crossed over to the other side of the road and experienced a head-on collision with a snow-plough.
Enforcer guitarists Adam Zaars and Joseph Tholl, bassist Tobias Lindqvist and the band’s driver were battered and bruised, but miraculously all survived the crash with only minor injuries. A county police officer at the scene said, “They had a guardian angel”. The band’s vehicle was destroyed in the accident, but their equipment, which was in a trailer attached to the vehicle, was luckily unscathed. Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand and drummer Jonas Wikstrand were travelling in a separate car at the time and were not involved in the crash.
The band have regretfully been forced to cancel their appearances tonight in Sweden and on the 12th and 13th November in Finland and will be using the time to recuperate and recover from the nerve-wracking incident. They will resume the tour on 16th November in Berlin, Germany.
Enforcer have posted the following comment:
“We’re all alive and well but we’re really sorry to cancel the gigs in Stockholm, Tampere and Helsinki. We’re working really hard to get back on the road again soon!”
Not many albums can serve as revelation and entertainment, teacher and confidante, mystical portal and emotional rescue, yet Lunar Nocturnes and Esoteric Incantations manages all this and more. Massachusetts dwelling synthesizer magic-user Jenn Taiga charts course for one of the most highly memorable musical destinations of 2021, and by that I mean the album is a world unto itself. Light and dark, welcoming and inhospitable...sometimes in the same song. A deep meditation and major statement. Fave track: "Braziers are Burning" Tridroid has the cassette version HERE.