Enertia - Force
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.
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