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Enforcer
From Beyond




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.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ENFORCER
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Death By FireEnforcer
    2013
    Eric Compton6/1/2013
    DiamondsEnforcer
    2010
    Vinaya Saksena8/3/2011
    DiamondsEnforcer
    2010
    Eric Compton6/25/2010
    From BeyondEnforcer
    2015
    Vinaya Saksena8/4/2015
    Into The NightEnforcer
    2009
    Raising Iron8/28/2009


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: ENFORCER
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Death By FireEnforcer
    2013
    Vinaya Saksena6/23/2013
    From BeyondEnforcer
    2015
    Greg Watson6/17/2015


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