Enemy Maladjusted

19th June 2023

12 Inch



‘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.

—Foundation Vinyl