All Hail The Void
Release: 16 July 2012
All Hail the Void, the anticipated new album from Milwaukee-based extreme hardcore/metal crossover killers ENABLER, is set for release in the UK on July 16th via Southern Lord.
Coalescing energetic and dynamic elements of hardcore, punk, crust and death metal into their own brutal brew, ENABLER have amassed a fanatical fanbase through last year’s Year One CD, multiple EP’s and split releases with Drainland, Ambassador Gun and Yautja and more over the last few years, not to mention the countless regional live shows, tours and festival appearances.
Recorded and engineered by guitarist Greg Thomas, All Hail the Voidsurges with the most enraged talent from this destructive outfit to date, unwavering in its 35-minute rampage. The album’s original artwork and layout was commissioned to be handled by Jimpaler, who has handled similar duties for several previous ENABLER releases.
Always on tour, ENABLER have been announced as one of the core acts confirmed for this Summer’s Southern Lord package tour. The trek runs through the country for nearly a month, with ENABLER hitting the stage every night alongside labelmates Burning Love, Martyrdöd and headliners Black Breath, with Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead In The Dirt, The Secret and more performing regionally throughout the tour.
Founded by guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber (Harlots, Eyes Upon Separation, Trap Them, Today is the Day, Shai Hulud), the ENABLER lineup is rounded out by guitarist Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, The Risk Taken), bassist Amanda Daniels and drummer Andy Hurley (Racetraitor, Kill the Slavemaster, Fallout Boy, The Damned Things, Earth Crisis).
In relative terms this is a fairly easy listen – and most enjoyable for that, Lohrber’s vocals, whilst of the idiom, are generally audible/discernible when compared to some of their lable-mates. The band is very fast and the delivery errs towards punk rather than metal a good deal of the time. They also manage to introduce a range of dynamic change both within the songs but also between tracks, there are elements of prog in some of the tunes which adds to the listening experience. An enjoyable album which should attract listeners from outside of the specific genre pool they inhabit.