Five years after luring attention with their debut album, Hellequin, French groove metallers Enemy Of The Enemy have returned with the first piece in a three part EP project “illustrating three separate universes. Each universe has its own aesthetic and influences, which represent three different faces of the same group. This triptych represents three symbolic birds: the Warrior Vulture, the Deadly Raven and the Reborn Phoenix.”
Containing four snarling confrontations, Vultures is first reflecting a universe themed around war, exploring the darkness that is human madness, rage, absurd stupidity and the grotesque. It is also a raw battlefield of sound embracing a host of styles and flavours to a groove cored trespass and a proposition which enthrals as it aggressively challenges.
The Paris hailing quartet strike first with This Is War, an opener which makes a low key but ear coaxing entrance before its muscle and creative armoury rears up. As the guitar of Nicolas “BnV” Benedetti send out grooved spirals the rhythmic antagonism of drummer Cesar “ZarC” Boishus and bassist Fabien “BouFa” Grunzweig prowls. It is a threat which swiftly unveils the scope of the band’s flavoursome sound, a web of styles and infectious intrusions aligning to Adrian “Kal” Cavalier’s throat raw attack. Quickly a magnetic affair, the track only increases its hold on attention as tribal roars and melodic enterprise collude with primal instincts.
Epitomising the entanglement of styles making up the band’s sound, the track is followed by the even more predatory and feral Unit 731. From voice to groove, rhythms to breath, the track is a carnivorous stalking come invasion of the senses but with moments of relative calm where clean vocals, slim guitar, and prowling rhythms intimate and threaten, twists which fester in the imagination of the listener and the creative maze they accentuate.
The final pair of Renegade and Clock You are for us the most potent moments of the release. The first crawls over the senses intruding with every riff and flesh scything beat subsequently casting a trespass of fascinating twists and turns employing a range of hardcore, rap, and dark metal. Its successor provides its own tapestry of flavours which unite and erupt in tempests of ravenous metal and emotional animosity.
As a whole Vultures is a highly enjoyable assailing but its second half simply declares Enemy Of The Enemy as one exciting proposition demanding attention.
Vultures is out now.
Pete RingMaster 19/10/2018
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