Looking like T. REXX had a fashion fight with RATT while Ziggy Stardust officiated, and sounding like prime-era DIAMOND HEAD meets “On Through The Night” DEF LEPPARD, Sweden’s ENFORCER are yet another young band jumping on the retro-Metal bandwagon. Unlike bands such as WOLF, with their more modern, crunchy sound, or RAM, with their added aggression, ENFORCER could easily fool the uninitiated (and probably some genre vets) into believing their sophomore album, “Diamonds”, was recorded in 1980, instead of 30 years later.
From the jumpy bass lines, to live guitar tone and high-register vocals, to the organic, analog-styled production, “Diamonds” sounds as authentic as any release by ENFORCER’s peers. Add to that the driving, immediate song-craft – not unlike early IRON MAIDEN – and almost grossly catchy hooks, and ENFORCER have a formula for success.
The question of “what’s the point?” could certainly be asked of all there retro-minded Heavy Metal bands, and it’s a valid question in ENFORCER’s case, but when an album is as fun as “Diamonds”, who cares? Break out the spandex, and air guitar, and turn it up!
(Online September 29, 2010)