Means To A Dead End
Self Financed 2009
Denver's grind/death/thrash....errrr.....extreme metallers, Enemy Reign hit the streets hard with their debut five song EP. Opener Command blasts right out of the gate with a suicidal intensity and a vicious onslaught of death and grind rhythms and hyper-speed drums which soon settle into a bouncy thrash groove. After dragging myself out of the mosh-pit I hear a Slayer-esque guitar solo streaks across the song like tracer rounds arcing across the night sky. Isolate begins with a melodic thrash riff on top of a grind beat. Towards the end of the song we see the material drift predictably towards a metalcore breakdown. The title-track features some Morbid Angel-esque rhythmic grooves copulating with spastic grind bursts and techno -death guitar harmonics. Bass heavy mid-tempo thrash rises out of the center of Throw Myself to the Wolves while a sea of churning confident death metal raises a metallic fist and punches the listener in the gut. Sped up Morbid Angel riffing surges to form the core of Abuse with tons of double bass and chunky guitars. A catchy meldoy and some technical drumming kick out the door like a battering ram towards the 2:45 mark of the song. Enemy Reign's vocals are diverse as they range from a shout, to a shrieks, to deep, ultra guttural death metal vocals. Though trying to convince they refuse to be pigeon-holed, Enemy Reign sticks mostly to the speedy death and grinding blasts, infusing just a modicum of thrash and hardcore/metalcore. Means to A Dead End is nothing too mindblowing but is strongly performed material which shows these newbies are going to be a force to be reckoned with.