I don’t think I’ve read as much hype about a band since METALLICA claimed that “St. Anger” would be on the same level as their 1980s output. Their press release claims them to be (with some paraphrasing) heavy, authentic, melodic, catchy, innovative, the next big thing in Metal, the future of heavy music… It’s almost an attempt at making ENEMY OF THE SUN’s arrival on the Metal scene as important as the Second Coming. It’s not. In fact, ENEMY OF THE SUN should create nothing more than a small blip on the radar of Heavy Metal.
ENEMY OF THE SUN is the brainchild of one Waldemar Sorychta, who was part of GRIP INC alongside Dave Lombardo. He has also produced a good deal of bands, like TIAMAT, MOONSPELL & THE GATHERING. One would think that the amount of experience he has had in the music business, he would write compelling music, or at the very least, write an album that has a measure of focus.
“Shadows” is all over the place. And not in that eclectic MR BUNGLE sort of way. ENEMY OF THE SUN dabbles into pretty much every Metal and Rock style there is to incredibly inconsistent results. There are Thrash verses mixed with Pop-Punk choruses, Hardcore breaks alongside Hard Rock interludes, and other bizarre and conflicting sub-genre juxtapositions with absolutely no clue on how to work in the transition and the flow. It feels like the songs were pieced together very hastily. Musically, it’s a haphazard collage of riffs and melodies under the guise of being “progressive”
The thing that makes this album intolerable, however, are the vocals. The harsh vocals are very strained and often sound like Hardcore grunts, and the clean vocals…sound like they belong in a bad circus. It’s enough to drive one up the wall. Sometimes, the clean singing is an imitation of Mike Patton’s clean singing, but the rest of the time, any vocal line this band produces is somewhere between “bland” and “cringe-worthy”.
How the hell these guys are considered Progressive, I’ll never know.
(Online February 10, 2008)