|Review: Enclave (Austria) - United Desperation|
Year released: 2012
Review online: August 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Enclave, formed in Austria at the beginning of 2008, mix Thrash with bits of Heavy Metal on their self-released debut album United Desperation and they do it pretty well. They don't sound one bit modern but trust in the basic values of old school Metal, the kind that appeals to fans who can understand and appreciate the way Heavy and Thrash Metal were done back in the day. Keeping things simple has worked for bands and Enclave are a good example.
Enclave don't provide any groundbreaking moments on United Desperation, but that's fine for music that is deeply rooted in 80's Heavy/Thrash Metal and is a great thing for old-school-loving old farts like me, for example. Enclave's mix of Heavy and Thrash Metal, with the emphasis on Thrash, reminds me of Germany's Exumer but with a more melodic and Traditional Metal approach. Vocalist Rainer Höllersberger sounds a lot like your typical European Thrash Metal vocalist; not so impressive when it comes to the melodic vocal parts but still pretty darn good at what he does. Songs like "Nuclear Suicide," the title track and "Beyond the Grace of Light" are pure Thrash while the rest of the material balances 70%/30% between Thrash and Heavy Metal.
Did I already mention this stuff is catchy as fuck? Well, if I didn't, now it's been said... ;o)
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