During the late 70s and early 80s, the gates of hell swung open and welcomed the overlords of Heavy Metal to walk the Earth and spread their wrath of fire across nations of god fearing citizens. With blackened eyes, war painted faces and boots dripping in blood, the likes of Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, King Diamond, Kiss, Manowar, W.A.S.P, Judas Priest and Venom devastated the lands.
These artists contributed and created some of the most iconic imagery we’ve ever witnessed, not just in within metal, but throughout music. Raging riffs, ethereal vocals, screaming solos and apocalyptic anthems captured the very soul of Heavy Metal. Donned in war-paint, demonically spiked armour, slick spandex, thigh high boots, more studs than a spanish horse farm, and the infamous codpiece.
Whether you wore one or not, the codpiece represented an era of incredibly authentic music, it represented true Metal, Metal with Satan at its very core. Many modern metal bands have fallen into a predictable trap of camo shorts, growling vocals and unnecessary aggression. There is an abundant lack of creativity, melody and diversity present throughout most of the todays Metal scene. Too many people follow their ego instead of their passion.
This is exactly why we need Enforcer. A band that truly follow their hearts when it comes to music. Olof Wikstrand’s voice is one of the most underrated and unique you can hear in modern Metal music. Not only does he demonstrate an almost incomparable range with outstanding pitch, he manages to effortlessly complement every single melody on Enforcers new record, Zentih. This is a talent Olof has demonstrated on every single Enforcer record since their debut ‘Into The Night’ back in 2009 and it’s seriously impressive.
“The first thing we agreed on, even before we had any songs for Zenith was to just not do another ‘album’ but to do the biggest heavy metal album of all time without any type of limitations. The new album is definitely the most ambitious project we ever engaged ourselves in. I think all together we spent over two and a half years to write, produce and record it all”
- Olof Wikstrand
Enforcer have consistently released diverse and well produced Metal records for over 10 years, however, Zenith is an all-encompassing Heavy Metal masterpiece. Zenith is full of passion and void of musical boundaries. It’s clear the band wanted to create something truly original. Whilst they have stayed loyal to their metal roots, it seems they have taken a new approach to composing, an approach that serves to satisfy their need to break free from preconceptions of what it means to be a Metal band.
Records like ‘Shout At The Devil’, ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’, ‘Fatal Portrait’ and ‘Destroyer’ were hailed as classics because they were instantly memorable, they each offered an individual experience to the listener, an experience that was unique to that record. Enforcer have captured the very essence of what it means to be individual. This is the holy grail of music, to create something that no other artist can replicate.
Zenith challenges the very notion of metal music, it challenges the modern stagnate of followers in an age where we need new metal leaders. Enforcer are those leaders. Also, the key change in ‘Die For The Devil’ is orgasmic. Zenith is the record you'll force your kids to listen to as you scream "This was real music back in my day" at them.
What a fucking incredible album. Heavy Metal Anthem Overload.
ENFORCER will release of their highly anticipated new studio album Zenith on April 26th, grab a copy of Zenith via Amazon
Author Bio: AC Speed
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!
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