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Enforcer - 2010 Diamonds

ARTIST: Enforcer
ALBUM: Diamonds
LABEL: Earache Records/Heavy Artillery
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Olof 'Enforcer' Wikstrand - vocals * Adam Zaars - guitar * Joseph Tholl - guitar * Tobias Lndqvist - bass * Jonas Wikstrand - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Midnight Vice * 02 Roll The Dice * 03 Katana * 04 Running In Menace * 05 High Roller * 06 Diamonds * 07 Live For The Night * 08 Nightmares * 09 Walk With Me * 10 Take Me To Hell



For those of you disillusioned with Iron Maiden's current direction consisting of 10 minute epics and 80 minute albums, then Enforcer might be the ideal tonic. This young Swedish act released their debut 'Into The Night' in 2008 and made an impression with their dead-on replica NWOBHM sound circa 1980. With so many bands currently plundering the classic heavy metal sounds of the past, Enforcer could be seen as just another passing face in the crowd, but apparently they've made an impression in Europe with their retro-metal heroics. For a minute even I was fooled, especially by the album cover, with its crude early 80's logo and design.

The Songs
This album is basically a rehash of the first two Maiden albums with Paul Dianno, minus the vocal style of Dianno himself. There's plenty of energy and if you didn't know better you'd think this was recorded in 1980, such is the authenticity of the riffs and production that made that era such a legendary period in metal history. Opener 'Midnight Vice' is actually all Tygers of Pan Tang, bristling with all the pace and riffs off anything from 'Spellbound'. The atmospheric opening bars of 'Katana' evoke Maiden's 'Strange World' before settling into an epic of sorts, with faster and slower sections adding some variation. 'Diamonds' might be the best Maiden impersonation ever captured on disc, an instrumental akin to Maiden's 'Transylvania' or 'Genghis Khan'. All out thrash is the order of the day on 'Live For The Night' and once again apes Maiden for all its worth, this time 'Purgatory' from 'Killers.' That said it never once captures the intensity of Maiden and if there's one problem with Enforcer it's the repetitiveness of their attempt to re-capture their heroes aura. They don't quite have the range to pull it off, especially the vocalist who with his high pitched shrieks doesn't quite have the balls. The rest of the album is more of the same, with 'Take Me To Hell' the pick of the bunch thanks to the riffs and constant speed.

In Summary
I'm torn on the merits of this album. Many claim the debut was far more convincing than this, with far more speed evident. There's a ton here too, but as this is so derivative of Maiden and the NWOBHM as a whole it actually hurts Enforcer. While listening to this Maiden was the only band on my mind and it's only the vocals that remind you that this is 2010 and Enforcer are merely copyists, but exceptional ones at that. I guess I should be thankful bands are still producing heavy metal of this kind, but something's missing and that simply is the magic of a time that ultimately cannot be reproduced.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 05 2010 02:39:04
Very nice album cover. Talking of Swedish copy-cat clones, BULLET must be due a new album soon Alun. That will be worth looking forward to!
#2 | krokus on December 08 2010 09:28:03
Great heavy metal. Today you have so many great new heavy metal bands (CAULDRON, STEELWING, WHITE WIZZARD, STEELHORSE, WILD, ARMOUR etc...). Together with ENFORCER they are keeping the 80s heavy metal alive in 2010!!!!
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