It’s already been four years now since Enforcer’s last release (2015’s From Beyond). Although I gave that album a favorable review at the time, they’ve honestly fallen off my radar a bit since then. I’m glad I picked back up where I left off, though, just in time to catch the band hit their stride once again.
Zenith marks the first outing with new guitarist Jonathan Nordwall, who couldn’t have joined the band at a better time. The song structures are tight, and it’s obvious the guys are unified here. Numbers such as “Forever We Worship the Dark,” “Zenith of the Black Sun,” and lead off single “Die for the Devil” all echo to a time when metal was just beginning to be filled with epic pieces orchestrated (and perfected) by the likes of Iron Maiden.
But perhaps the most surprising moment comes in the form of the emotionally-driven ballad “Regrets.” Raw and seemingly coming from a place of personal anguish, this heartfelt piece is laden with piano and might not be what you’d typically expect from these guys, but believe it or not, it actually works.
Make no mistakes about it, Enforcer are a force to be reckoned with, and at the top of the chain (in my book anyway) of the current New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal that’s underway at the moment. Do yourself a favor; turn off that sad excuse of “metal” (Godsmack, Sevendust, etc…) that mainstream radio is still trying to sell you, and seek out the real deal. It’s out there, alive and well, and Enforcer are at the head of the pack.