Death Metal has spawned some great bands such as Slayer, Morbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse. One thing it has always had trouble with is being counted as important, even though it has one of the largest fanbases. Then, a band like Enterprise Earth crawls from the shadows of Washington, throws Patient 0 at us, and Death Metal is reborn. EE quickly became one of the most talked about and sought after bands of last year. They supported almost every heavy tour announced, along with Summer Slaughter. Now, the anticipation of their second album Embodiment has fans counting the days till April 14th, 2017.
I am a huge fan of the Death Metal genre. There’s something about the dark foreboding lyrics, shredding guitars, and breakdowns. Oh, the breakdowns that send the good kind of chills right through me. I met Enterprise Earth last year after they played a show in Baltimore and knew very little of who they were. Hearing the terror rip from Dan Watson on stage, was an experience I must share at another time.
Embodiment is Enterprise’s second studio album and let’s just say, it’s unimaginable how one person can open their mouth and such great power spew forth without selling their soul to the devil. “Shroud of Flesh” is the first track, and right away I feel something stirring. It’s not your grandma’s chicken soup either, but a heavy sense of darkness coming to steal your soul, leaving a hollow shell. Damn I’m lovin’ this. The second song “Mortem Incarnatum” begins with:
“I am the observer. “Mortem Incarnatum“. I look down upon the world perched on a rooftop. The wind blows through my cloak. I observe the world as it carries on, feeding on the carrion. The flesh of their own, the flesh of their brothers, clenched in their hungry teeth.”
B.J. Sampson and Yusef Johnson, both on guitar and Gordon McPherson on bass (all cool ass guys) shred like flesh torn from bone. Aaron O’ Toole brings destruction as Dan Watsons insane vocal range make every song a beautiful night terror.
I could tell you what I think of each song on Embodiment, but I think you would get sick of hearing me say, “This song is so fuckin sick.” Instead, I can share with you my faves, (shit, they are all my faves). “Embrace the Ashes” is one. It begins a little different from the rest. With a few guitar chords and beats, it starts to build. At 20 seconds, Dan comes in like a razor-blade and lacerates the moment. Accelerated and raw, proclaiming his throne. The sound system stands no chance against the reign of terror Enterprise oppresses upon it. Then there’s “1Cruciform,” with that guitar solo and breakdown towards the end.
Stupid Riddle Time: what do you get when you cross 5 talented musicians who write sick lyrics, slay instrumentals, and scream with magical powers? Stumped? Enterprise Earth, Silly.
Embodiment is Death Metal at its finest and Enterprise Earth is one of the best bands in the genre. If you’re not a fan of heavy, speed, darkness, and screams, Embodiment just may be the album to make you change your mind. They had me at “Shallow Breath.” (Patient 0)
In the meantime, go right now and Pre-Order Embodiment. Support Death Metal and keep those horns in the air and follow Enterprise Earth to keep updated on music, tour dates, merch and all their silly antics.