If there's any band that can make you feel that you're back in the heyday of early Eighties tape-trading it would be Sweden's Enforcer. The band, unapologetically, plays old school heavy speed metal like it's 1982, and they do it with skill and enthusiasm. With their fourth album, From Beyond, they remind us once more that the old school is the new school because classic metal is timeless.
As with their previous albums Enforcer's strength are wrapped in a trio of elements. Perhaps at the forefront is their twin guitar assault. Twin guitar harmony directs every song and drives every melody. This is complimented by twin guitar solos, with Olof Wikstrand and Joseph Tholl trading solos like true brothers of the fret board. This single characteristic, the guitar focus, has always drawn me to Enforcer and still does with this album. If you're a guitar solo geek like me, you'll love this album.
Underneath and propelling the tunes is a rumbling rhythm section, keeping the groove tight, the pace swift, putting the get up into the gallop. It's not all gallop all the time. Songs like The Banshee, Below The Slumber, or From Beyond can back off ever so slightly. Soaring above is Wikstrand's traditional high pitched, often screamo, but always controlled vocals. Somewhere between razor sharp and ear piercing, he reminds of Geddy Lee jacked up on a large concoction of Red Bull. You can get a true sense of his voice in the slight quieter moments of Below Slumber, somewhat of an anthem. Fundamentally, after four albums, Enforcer have become master craftsmen of classic heavy speed metal. From Beyond is another fine headbanging effort, all good songs, no filler, and not to be missed.
After four albums, Enforcer have become master craftsmen of classic heavy speed metal. From Beyond is another fine headbanging effort, all good songs, no filler, and not to be missed.
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