Year One

Listen, (for once) I’m just going to get right to it. If you Like Trap Them or some of  today’s noisy discordant bands like Animosity, Gaza, Harlots and such, just go ahead and grab this release, a collection of the bands first two releases, Eden Sank to Grief and War Begins With You.

Milwaukee’s Enabler features former Harlots/Today is the Day/Trap Them drummer Jeff Lohrber , which give the band a tangible nod to Trap Them‘s sound (as well as the beefy mid range guitars), as well as former members of Dead to Fall . So that should be enough to get fans of the style to go ahead and grab this. Zach Ohren has remastered both efforts so they come together as one complete album.

Fitting right in with the current explosion of gritty D-beat/crust acts like All Pigs Must Die, Dead in the Dirt, Heartless and such, Enabler is rumbling tumbling, burly mix of hardcore, death metal, punk, crust and grindcore that goes straight for the throat. It’s laden with earthy grooves, dissonant blasts and shifts and a whole lot of snarling, frothing at the mouth attitude and vocals.

The first 8 tracks come from Eden Sank to Grief and the last 5 are culled from the War Begins With You release, but with the remastering effort and the overall sense of bludgeoning style they both blend together into one virulent assault and unless you knew, you would have no idea this was originally two separate releases, even more so with the nifty new cover art and digi-pack packaging. What you will know though is that Enabler mean business as they shift from violent , d-beat salvos  like “Mercenary”  and “Symbiosis” to squealing, discordant rumbles like “Unconditional Surrender” and “End of the World Party” (which both really cement the Trap Them sound)to more controlled lurches like “Renegrenades” and . Heck there’s even a cover of The Beastie Boys‘ “Heart Attack Man”.

Enabler might not have the press push of some of their recent Southern Lord contemporaries, but worth these release they show they are just as adept and vicious at this suddenly vogue style.

[Visit the band's website]
Written by Erik T
October 21st, 2011


  1. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    sounds cool. love that band name.

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