Denver’s own contribution to death metal, Enemy Reign, are up to no good, and by no good-I mean some of the most brutal and neck breaking tunes ever to grace my speakers. Between Hell and Oblivion is lost somewhere between straight out death metal and grindcore with some thrash thrown in just for good measure.
The song “Haunted” starts this out and lets you know right from the beginning that you will be shown no mercy! This song is the epitome of death metal. New vocalist Stevie Boiser is right at home and drummer Andon Guenther is a machine.
“Seven Deadly Sins” is next up and is just as impressive and flavorful as “Haunted.” “The bridges” reminds me of Slayer. The chorus will stay with you for days to come-“You’ll Never Be The Same Again!”
“Realm of the Hungry Ghost” and “Forged from Suffering” really show you what Enemy Reign are all about. Brutal, throat grabbing vocals and guitars laced with machine gun snare drums. Stevie Boiser shows that he can do more than your typical death metal growl. His snarl in these songs will reach out and rip your heart out.
The production by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) is superb. He captures the raw energy and brutality of this excellent band in every song.
Overall-I really like Enemy Reign and think this band will be around for awhile-ripping our eardrums out song after song!