ENFORCED • At The Walls LP (2019)
I wasn’t really going to buy into the hype of this Richmond, VA band. My buddy Telf has been going on to me about how awesome they are for the last year, and how the guitarist Zack is one of the best writers of extreme music in Richmond. Well, after listening to this LP only once I was sold. I immediately flipped the record over and listed to side one again….I’ve spun it many many times since then.
This is a total top notch recording for this no nonsense metal/hardcore band. People always seem to compare them a lot to Powertrip…I don’t hear it. What I do hear is a lot of Slayer. Yup… Slayer, Slayer, and more Slayer. Seriously, some of these riffs could be sold to Slayer to finally make a decent new record (donate those riffs Zack). The dive bomb solos and wanks are perfectly positioned in these songs, and are not overdone. What I do hear beside Slayer would be Sepultura, LeeWay, Ringworm, Integrity, Excel, Madball, and a little bit of the Cro-mags. But honestly, I think this stuff just stands on its own… totally tough sounding music to pound one another as your pals are running around the pit being wacky. I love this record and am very excited to hear what else these guys are capable of. (NW)
Justin Dratson: JD Nate Wilson: NW Matt Average: MA