Released: 2013, Indie
Alberta Assault! In early 2014 Calgary, Alberta will be hosting the WACKEN METAL BATTLE. This contest has regional acts perform to audiences and judges who then decide who gets to go further in the contest, with the winner getting a trip to perform at Wacken. Check out http://www.metalbattle.ca
for more details. This is a good a time as any to do my bi-annual, quick, regional round-up of releases from Alberta Metal bands. Even though not all of these bands may be competing in WMB, I’d like to thank the bands who provided review copies for me for my radio show and Metal-Rules.com. The bands are Armifera, Black Pestilence, Bloated Pig, Enemyus, Exit Strategy, Ides Of Winter, Kataplexis, Misanthropy, Scythia, Throne Of Vengeance, Trollband, Vile Insignia and Villainizer. Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature.
Enemyus is a quintet from Calgary that has been slogging it out for a little over half a decade. With three previous independent releases in their catalogue, the band have just issued in late 2013 their new EP, GREED FILLED WAY.
The five-song EP is quite short, it runs 19 minutes but it gives listeners a good idea of the slight change in sound from previous years. The package is quite nice, a digi-pak with lyrics and an eye-catching cover. The production is excellent as well for a local product. The music itself is straight-up Metal with some modern tinges. For example the vocals are rough and raw, more in the shout style that is so popular in Western Canada. There are very few active bands in Western Canada that use a clean singing technique. However there is a clean-shout blend with vocalist Dan doing a good job behind the microphone. In one sense the music is hard to categorize. It’s not Power Metal, it’s not Thrash, it’s not Death, Doom or Black, it is not really extreme Metal but certainly heavier than classic or traditional Metal. It is a weird zone that this sound falls into and very few bands can get it correct but Enemyus is one of them. I’m not really comparing the two bands but the sound is like modern Megadeth, not really thrash anymore but still heavier than Priest or Maiden for example. It is a good thing that Enemyus are carving out their own identity in a crowded local scene. The EP is not really fast or slow but moves along at a good pace, leaning towards fast, especially on the last cut ‘Blood Stained Hands’, which has some good tempo and a few change-ups.
GREED FILLED WAY is certainly an evolution and progression but still retaining a good amount of Metal aggression and energy. This EP should be the one that garners them the attention they deserve.