I'm absolutely convinced: Enfarce is totally messing with our heads. From the cartoon character band members to the corny concept of superhero space alien Steel Enforcer ridding the world of all band influences, from the abrubtly cliche Scandi power metal to their band name, Enfarce is pulling our legs and sniggering behind our backs. Strip away the 'En' from their name, and you have, perhaps the best definition of the Superhero Diaries Part 1: it's a farce.
And the proverbial joke is on us. But, you know what, call it cliche, over-the-top, or hypertypical of the genre, these dudes know how to do power metal. So while they're goading your sense of credulity, you're having a pretty darn good time listening to Enfarce. You have it all here: galloping rhythm section, big guitars with lots of solos, twinkling synths, and soaring vocals, all wrapped up in bombastic arrangements. Mostly, Enfarce's power metal is guitar driven, from riffs and solos, followed by the rhythm section.
If then, hypothetically, Superhero Diaries Part 1 is some form of parody, it takes some skill to pull that off, and the band has that skill. Maybe Enfarce is better than we realize, or perhaps that's what they want us to believe. Best picks: Redeemer from the Stars, All Hope Is Lost, Dawn Damage. They do a cover of Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For a Hero, from 1984 Footlose move, which isn't all that bad. Another postive: there's no smarmy power metal ballad. Say what you will about power metal, love it or hate it, Enfarce gets it right, and it probably isn't a joke after all. But I could be wrong.
Call Superhero Diaries Part 1 cliche, over-the-top, or hypertypical of the genre, Enfarce knows how to do classic melodic power metal.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]