2019 seemed like the year of re-issues. We get it – there’s a certain pleasure in listening to the music from your youth – but it often seems like a lot of the new talent is being overlooked. So it feels good that our first announcement in 2020 is about a new band – ENOCH. Well, they’re not exactly “new” – they’ve been gigging super regularly for a few years now around the North and South Islands of New Zealand. And “Killing Starts Where Hate Begins” is their 2nd EP… and what a killer! Their sound is such a melting pot of detuned metal that it is hard to know how to describe them, so let’s call them an “alternative metal” band. There is no escaping their thick and heavy groove metal base that brings to mind bands like Pantera or Mudvayne, coupled with tribal drums rhythms ala Sepultura. However, there’s also enough melodic death metal influence to keep extreme metal fans happy as well. Couple this with the alternating sweet/aggressive vocals of Lorraine Brodie – reminiscent of Arch Enemy and Butcher Babies – and Enoch will leave a lasting impression. With their innovative song structures, there is enough variation from track to track that the band is unpredictable and never boring. Enoch’s in-your-face style is original and fresh… yet familiar. Anyway, instead of us trying to describe the sound of Enoch, why not just check out the lyric video for the song “Stranger” (below).
In line with the lyrical theme of “Stranger”, ALL money from direct Soundmass retail sales in January of this CD will go to Dihlabeng Christian School in South Africa who are serving the poor and disadvantaged in their community (www.dihlabengschool.com).
Bow And Be Devoured
Reasons Why (Live)