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Enertia - Force

=Staff's pick

Time To Go
Messed Up Son*
Not Alone*
Hole In The Head
The Sky Is Falling

Genre Heavy/Thrash Metal
Scott Featherstone
Tracks 11
Roman Singleton
Runningtime 53 Min.
Label Mausoleum
Joe Paciolla
Release 22 Nov. 2004
Jeff Daley
Country USA
Similar artists Flotsam & Jetsam, Disturbed

This is the album I wished that Flotsam & Jetsam could have done instead of the weak ones they have been delivering with their last three albums. New York based band Enertia has been going on for some while but never crossed my way until with the release of their third album entitled Force.

Enertia moves along with an American sounding form of power metal with some clear thrash influences and they deliver it with a tight performance.
Force starts just like it was a Flotsam & Jetsam track and the vocals from Scott Featherstone with a likeness of Eric A.K. (Flotsam & Jetsam) doesn't exactly make it sound less close. Their song-structure with the riffs brings you even closer and throw in a touch of the heaviness from Sacred Reich and there you go, but this is actually much better than what Flotsam has sounded the past years, since it is much more vital. As it is based in the realms of thrash, it is not in its entirety with both feet standing there all the time, when the tempo is not always of a fast pace but could just as well be going in mid-tempo. All the time with heavy riffs intact and often with a good melodic sense and Roman Singleton being the only guitarist makes a full and compact sound really good on his own with harmonies in the trash vein.

As it is not always fast as traditional thrash nor heavy, Enertia always makes sure to have those vibes in their music and therefor that genre seems to be the one most suitable for them, even though there is slightly progressive elements and nice melodic vocal lines with a clear and yet an aggressive edge with the singing. But what keeps Enertia from hitting it off big time is the lack of creating something new and make the whole album sound interesting. A more individual touch with some of the tracks could easily have lifted this album just a little further and made the band stand out much more. Although it is highly enjoyable most of the time, it seems that there is only so little needed to make it even better, but it really never happens. One thing that does lift them though is the emotional ambience that embraces the music, a feeling that ties the album together and gives a touch of wholeness to Force.

The album is produced by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Queensrÿche a.o.) and not only has he made it sound great but also made it with a live feeling surrounding the sound. And with that in mind I think that their full capacity isn't on album but with their live shows. Hopefully I will get to be the witness of that someday and tell you whether I was right about that or not. But for now we will have to settle with just another good metal band that is moving around in the areas of just a little above the average thrash influenced metal band.






7,5 chalices of 10 - Thomas

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