Year One

Written by: PP on 10/11/2011 03:49:18

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to have a thousand little needles carving away your inner ears, listening to the debut album "Year One" by Milwaukee's Enabler is an alternative to actually attempting the potentially hazardous act. The unit features Jeff Lohrber (Today Is The Day, Trap Them) on guitar, Logan Kelly from Dead To Fall, and Brian Serzynski from Abaddon (credentials? check.) plus a newcomer, Bubba Nitz, so you're pretty much guaranteed mutually assured destruction when you pop in the disc for the first time.

But to try to describe it on paper, Enabler play dirty, blistering hardcore that feels like a cheese grater run across your scalp. It's so unadulterated and uncompromising by its nature that it almost parallels grindcore legends Nasum, though we're very much dealing with hardcore here. It has plenty of crust, blistering tempo throughout, and a general feeling of "this is as raw as it gets" when it comes to the guitar tones. I mean, these guys approach Converge in terms of manic instrumentation on a couple of occasions.

The caustic vocal work is what ties it all together. This guy screams and yells like a man possessed, with a determination to make the sound as...sharp and uncomfortable as possible. Mission accomplished. "Year One" is probably how it feels like going through a wood chopper, head first.

Download: Renegrenades, Unconditional Surrender
For the fans of: Integrity, His Hero Is Gone, Nasum, Bayonet
Listen: Myspace

Release date 07.06.2011
Creator-Destructor Records

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