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Review: Enforcer - Zenith

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 46:28
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: May 12, 2019
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
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Rated 3.83/5 (76.55%) (29 Votes)

Cool cover, a solid NWOTHM history, one of the most promising bands of the past years, a new and skilled guitarist coming straight from Lethal Steel. Enforcer had it all in their favor, and this is what they do the talent and prestige achieved through the years: a shitty, half-baked, sleazy rock disaster.

There are no words to describe how different Zenith is from their previous—and awesome—album From Beyond. True, there were times that the leads and songwriting flirted with hard rock moments akin to Mötley Crüe or Ratt, but what we see here is just absurd; Enforcer went from a modern heavy metal powerhouse to a weirdly commercial train wreck. Even when there are glimpses of speed and quality moments like on "Searching for You"—when the verses are actually good and the band seem to have remembered what heavy metal is—the shit hits the fan on the chorus, one of the most ridiculous, abysmal and nonsensical things I've ever heard.

Zenith gets a 1.75 because these dudes know how to play, even when what they play is an affront to good taste, and the production is crystal clear (because even what Nuclear Blast murders, at least they do it with good technology). Get as far away from this as possible, because it can ruin Enforcer altogether for you, as it almost did for me. Stick to their back catalogue.

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