Angels Of Enmity
Review by Adam M on January 8, 2010.
A crushing vibe is present right out of the gates after the intro to "Angels Of Enmity". Storm King come out at you with tendencies that are harshly done. The sound is molten, but addictive in its ability to capture the intensity the outfit wishes to portray. Comparisons are somewhat difficult to come across, but I can hear similarities to Arch Enemy. There’s certainly some melody to be found and it is pushed underneath the chaos that ensues quite naturally. The band comes across slightly tough on the exterior, but there is way more to their sound than that. The music has a manner of sounding multi-dimensional in its approach though it might become somewhat stale after listening to it for a while.
Vocally, we have a sort of Hardcore style shout that isn’t the greatest thing you’ve ever heard, but effective enough for the music that comes forth beneath it. The entire picture is quite promising for the outfit and I can’t wait to see what they have to deliver in the future. The title track 'Angels Of Enmity' starts out quite differently than the remainder of the work on a somewhat subtle tone and continues to keep the acoustics up front throughout. The song is a highlight amongst the remainder both because it’s so different and works well.
As it stands, the album as a whole is quite solid in its intent, even if it isn’t quite spectacular. The fact that it sounds crushing brings it up a couple of notches to a very good state of existence. Storm King has crafted something that has enough dimensions to catch your attention and bring about an enjoyable listen.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.6 out of 10