Review by Sophie Maughan
Release Date: 28 June 2014
If there’s one thing that makes me grin like a loon, it’s that magic moment when you discover a new band. You cannot beat it. And when you subsequently read that said band hail from the Midlands, it makes it all the more awesome. Ladies and gents, may we introduce Enormity Falls – a tri-vocal quartet from Nottingham who have been pummelling the proverbial shit out of audiences since their inception back in 2012. With their trademark blend of aggression and powerful melodies, these lads have continued to amass an ever increasing fanbase and have already shared the stage with amazing artists such as A Thousand Enemies, Baby Godzilla and Emperor Chung. And they are finally ready to rip you a new one with debut EP Voices.
Alright then. That’s the bio done and dusted, so let’s cut the crap and get down to the nitty gritty by answering the question on everyone’s lips – is Voices any good? In a word, yes. In two words – fucking yes. Quite frankly boys and girls, this EP is the absolute tits.
Opener ‘See The Noise’ has my feet tapping and head banging within the first seven seconds before those thunderous riffs and screeching / guttural vocals drop at 0:30 and begin to kick your derriere in the most fantastic manner. There’s plenty of melody and some rather sweet harmonies to boot on ‘Legacy’ and it is on this track that you really hear the musical influences creeping in. The juxtaposition of clean and harsh vocals combined with some particularly complex fretwork courtesy of Kev Barnett and Guy Burton, is reminiscent of Killswitch Engage around the Disarm the Descent era. Oh, and let’s not ignore those absolutely killer drums during the latter half of the song –that insatiable thump will lodge itself inside your skull and be rattling around for hours to come.
I am immediately taken with the thrash sensibilities of ‘Z is for Xenomorph’ and cannot get enough of that intro which is packing more meat than your local butcher’s shop window. The repeated chord pattern is ridiculously catchy but still manages to deliver (and delight the listener) on the heavy element. Vocally, it is a real amalgamation of musical flavours; I am hearing a bit of early Matt Heafy with just a dash of Rob Flynn a la Machine Head circa The Blackening– and, may I add, the execution is flawless.
But if you have to listen to just one song on this fine EP, it has surely got to be ‘This Is All I Have’ – a perfect example of the phrase ‘saving the best until last’. From the impassioned bellow of “Are you READY?” to those blistering breakdowns and layered vocals, this one has got everything a metal fan could want and then some. Make sure you also head over to the band’s YouTube page to check out the official, self-produced video for TIAIH which also offers a sneak peek into what goes on behind the scenes and some live footage.
Personally, I cannot wait to see where Enormity Falls go next, and after hearing what this quartet can accomplish on tape, it would be foolish not to witness them in a live capacity. You just got yourselves a new fan, lads – see you at Macmillan Fest in September. I shall be down the front – with countless others once they have given this record a spin. Definitely one to watch.
9 out of 10
- See The Noise
- Z Is For Xenomorph
- This Is All I Have