Enabler - All Hail The Void
Southern Lord, synonymous for years with drone and doom of the highest (and slowest) order, are also now establishing themselves as something of a haven for monstrously heavy American hardcore, a scene that itself is going through a real purple patch as plenty of new bands continue to emerge full of raw anger and barnstorming riffs. Latest on the block are Milwaukee crusties Enabler, following up last year's debut with All Hail The Void, a truly devastating blast combining the most furious elements of punk, hardcore and death metal.
Yet despite this mix of all things extreme, All Hail The Void sticks out for its sheer melodiousness amongst the mayhem. Certainly not present on every track, but the likes of 'The Heathens' and the title track have riffs that don't just blow your socks off, but throw a hook as big as an anchor into the brain, and won't let go. Enabler are hardly going to change the world with All Hail The Void, but they can only enhance their reputation and that of the label for producing a superior class of vitriolic musical diatribes to please anyone with even a brief flirtation with the genre.