The dichotomy that seemingly oozes from every pore of Milwaukee’s Enabler is what makes their music so compelling, interesting and groundbreaking.
Enabler: All Hail The Void
Crusty Beer City upstarts deliver one 2012’s best
Take, for example, The Heathens and Speechless, the second and third songs of the band’s debut full-length. The main riffs in both are part-inky crustcore with a sinister edge, part-infectiously catchy, punky thrash metal. This, as a quirky, post-math rock flair, spins guitar flourishes and juts its way under a battery acid-drenched larynx straining about mankind’s ills.
Featuring vocalist/guitarist Jeff Lohrber (who has played in Today Is The Day, Trap Them, Dead To Fall, Shai Hulud and Harlots) and an ex-Fall Out Boy (drummer Andy Hurley), this clash of musical worlds gives the perfect indication of Enabler’s style.
Darkness descends in the form of desolate-sounding 90s melodic metallic hardcore and Swedish kängpunk driven by the unquestionable catchiness of the d-beat rhythms and sounds from the roughshod Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone and From Ashes Rise school. And while the song True Love demonstrates all these ingredients best, there isn’t a single minute of filler on this modern-day, heart-stopping classic.