Now arrives the ever-aptly-titled To No God Shall I Kneel, arguably the grandest distillation of the BARBARIAN aesthetic yet. Still deadly committed to the eternal riddle of steel, BARBARIAN's sound continues to find a unique balance between the ancient and the fresh, but without once ever stinking of falseness or modernity. Timeless to the very end, To No God Shall I Kneel takes that characteristically sweat-drenched symbiosis of early Running Wild and '80s Manowar, grinds it through the gravel of classic Celtic Frost, and finishes it off the panache of likewise-classic Venom. If the criticallyacclaimed Cult of the Empty Grave eclipsed such a hypothesis, then To No God Shall I Kneel goes further into the realms of ballsy boisterousness, unapologetically OTT and Alpha at every turn, and simply takes no prisoners nor offers any safe spaces. Cult of the Empty Grave spelled it out with the track "Absolute Metal"; here, BARBARIAN tell you in no uncertain terms that you're now dealing with "Obtuse Metal." Wanna pose? Leave the hall!
The fifth and latest full-length from Sweden's legendary traditional metal defenders, ENFORCER.
Pro tape with 4 panel fold-out J card, limited to 300 copies
“We do whatever we want and feel totally free when it comes to composing songs,” asserted vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand of Swedish metallers ENFORCER in 2015 - and he was completely right, not only musically but also touring-wise. Their 2015 album »From Beyond« - the critically-acclaimed follow-up to »Into The Night« (2008), »Diamonds« (2010), and »Death By Fire« (2013) - led to tours with bands like DESTRUCTION, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, NERVOSA, WARBRINGER, and CAULDRON among others, not to mention acts as diverse as DARK TRANQUILLITY and SWALLOW THE SUN. And with »From Beyond«, they even made it into the German album charts for the first time ever (#84).
Let’s head back to the present: There’s never been 4 years between two ENFORCER records, but remember ‘Soon ripe, soon rotten’! “The first thing we agreed on, even before we had any songs for »Zenith«,” explains Olof, “was to just not do another ‘album’ but to do the biggest heavy metal album of all time without any type of limitations. The new album »Zenith« is definitely the most ambitious project we ever engaged ourselves in. I think all together we spent over two and a half years to write, produce and record it all,” he confirms. “That‘s why we made ourselves scarce on the world’s stages for a while too.” Once again recorded and produced by ENFORCER themselves, the drums have been recorded at Soundtrade Studios, Stockholm whilst the rest of the tracking was completed at Hvergelmer Studios, Arvika, including new permanent guitar player Jonathan Nordwall. Their new approach is also reflected in the album artwork, which was created by Italian artist Velio Josto. The quartet have simply refused to be pigeonholed since they formed in Arvika, Sweden in 2004.
»Zenith« will, of course, bring joy to fans of fast-paced heavy metal hymns ('Searching For You', 'Thunder And Hell'), but the record offers way more: the band’s new more epic approach delivers gems like the opening stomper 'Die For The Devil'. 'Zenith Of The Black Sun' starts off quite laid-back before speeding up towards an enormously melodic, playful outro. Track 4, 'Regrets', surprises with its little short romantic piano intro turning into a mesmerizing, unforgettable stadium rock anthem. Up next is 'The End Of A Universe', another haunting, but definitely crushing piece, with the next stunner named 'Sail On' right around the corner, twisting the listener around its finger secretly. Orchestral elements garnish the follow-up 'One Thousand Years Of Darkness' and unveil another previously unheard side of the group. Marching drums call time on »Zenith« before the quartet 'Forever Worship The Dark' on track no. 9. The near 7 minute, brooding then crushing 'Ode To Death' finally rounds off this varied record…
With their 5-record song arsenal, extended by ten tracks like only ENFORCER can craft them, the band is about to expand its audience once again by conquering the stages all around the globe. Appearances at prestigious festivals are confirmed, but there’ll be way more shows, that’s for sure! “Wherever you are, beware the 'Zenith Of The Black Sun',”Olof promises.