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Enbound - 2016 The Blackened Heart

ARTIST: Enbound
ALBUM: The Blackened Heart
LABEL: Inner Wound Recordings
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Lee Hunter - vocals * Martin Flowberg - guitar * Swede - bass * Mike Cameron Force - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Falling * 02 Give Me Light * 03 Crossroad * 04 Get Ready For * 05 Feel My Flame * 06 Twelve * 07 Holy Grail * 08 Hio * 09 They Don't Really Know * 10 Make You So Unreal



Any year a Work Of Art record is released is usually a good year. And when they don't release anything, you can be sure that other sideline projects such as this Enbound record will step up to the plate as a ready-made replacement. This is Enbound's second record for Inner Wound Recordings. They continue their very melodic metal style with excellent results, but musically, it's far and away removed from anything that Work Of Art do, and that's not Lars Safsund's fault. Or Lee Hunter as he is known here with Enbound.

The Songs
I can't help but feel a musical connection to a band like Amaranthe, but without the Elize Ryd female vocals. Tack on bands such as Kamelot and Therion, and you can tell what these boys have been listening to. Most of the tracks are fast paced, the obligatory double-kick drums working overtime, soaring vocals, you get the picture. Unfortunately, many of the songs seemed to slide off me like melted ice cream. Cool to the touch but not latching on with any lasting effect.

In Summary
In a year where there have been many great prog metal releases, Enbound join the fray, poke their nose in the door only to have it closed prematurely. 'The Blackened Heart' does have its merits, but coming at the tail-end of 2016, and after having listened to some goodies well before then, I think the opportunity was missed.

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#1 | englandashes on February 15 2017 22:31:01
Yep, tend to agree, and I feel maybe it doesn't meet the levels of their debut, however I did persevere with this one for a while, couple of weeks in the car, and finally it did start to click. The ballad, They Don't Really Know is quite refreshing chance and would be interested in the inspiration behind the lyrics. Falling, the opening is pretty good, but so much more competition out there wanting your cash. Get Ready For, is probably the most AOR track they have done over the two albums.
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