‘Morals for the masses, your views, ideals, flavor of the weak…validate your urban fear, social fad, moral gag’ (Compromise)
Enemy hail from Los Angeles and deal in straight-up US hardcore that bristles with unrestrained intensity on this, their debut LP. The album kicks off with swirling saxophone before crashing into its ferocious stride. A rampantly fluid rhythm section is at the heart of Enemy’s sound forging a pulsating partnership with the burly vocals, while affording the guitars scope for flourishes of melodic invention. The lyrics address economic exploitation on Unprecedented / Zero Sum Game (‘Unprecedented for who? A system designed to kill’) and Killing Wage (‘Digging my own grave, living on a killing wage’) as well as police brutality on Barricade Brigade. Tracks such as Self-Abuse (‘I slam my fist, I slam my head, always worse for wear’) and Remorse/Less (‘Am I the punchline that never spoke?) explore more personal themes of self-doubt. Great sketched cover art as well.