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Enemy Eyes - History's Hand

Enemy Eyes
History's Hand
by Craig Rider at 31 January 2023, 8:15 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: ENEMY EYES; signed via Frontiers Music Srl, hailing from the United States of America - performing Rock/Metal, on their debut full-length studio album entitled: “History’s Hand” (released 11/18/2022). Since formation in 2022; the quartet in question have only this here debut full-length studio album in their discography so far entitled: “History’s Hand”, from Frontier’s description: Gioeli rose to prominence with HARDLINE, the melodic hard rock band that he formed with his brother Joey and which famously featured JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon on the 1992 debut album ‘Double Eclipse’. He has continued to lead Hardline, with their most recent release being 2021’s ‘Heart, Mind And Soul’. In addition, he has been fronting both the solo band of German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell and the Japanese-American outfit CRUSH 40 since 1998. He issued his first ever solo album, ‘One Voice’, in 2018… and so an impressive forge of 100 releases would relish under his belt. 11 tracks ranging around 50:15; ENEMY EYES arrange an intricately designed formula on some heavy-hitting Rock/Metal amalgamations.

Opening up with this rampantly rompy synthwave of melodic harmonic “Here We Are” amps up the volume with riveting remedy & symphonic distortion; as amplified adrenaline executes a catchy conundrum on keyboard-esque momentum, ramified with reverberating rumbles amongst an ethereal instrumental force in impactful choppiness. Where this hybrid experimentation in AOR charm elements at an epic impulse in entrancing songwriting musicianship; manifesting this maelstrom stability on synergetic tightness & punchy tonality, where sublime density in the titular track distills a boisterously bouncy frenzy in barrage crunchy hooks in which thud with sturdy solidity on slabby symbiosis whilst merged with this mellifluous euphony - intertwined with salubriously volatile meatiness to boot. Blistering guitar grips from Marcos Rodrigues soar with organic substance & rapidly swift nimbleness which stride with sulfurous yet dexterously dynamic grit.

Peace And Glory” belts a clobbering foundation in borderline grinds; attributing at a monolithic tempo whilst Johnny Gioeli uproariously sings with hefty, high-pitched pipes that unleash with virtuosic momentum whilst shouty yells undertake with throaty gutturals and quintessential cleanliness in which revolves through with meaty prodigiousness. “The Chase” has an anthemic distinction; arming a brimming fabrication in flamboyant riffage & flickering bass audibility from thumpy tremor Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also frolics at an orchestrated keyboard repertoire that’s most majestic. A distinguished but lofty fabrication harbors a profusely robust rambunctiousness from hammering drummer Fabio Alessandrini who smacks the set with steely precision & sweltering snares of cymbal bashing crescendo effects and tremolo raising pierces that roll with echoing firepower expertise, as “Preying On Your Weakness” showcases some razor-sharp musicianship ability in which rollicks with prodigious perseverance on persisting grandeur efficaciously.

What You Say” compiles a snappy roundhouse of technical pursuit & striking finesse, forging a complexly creative archetype in archaic craftsmanship caliber that’s most fueled in chugging gallops which masquerade with seamless buoyancy in exuberant elegance in heavy but exquisitely empowering blazes in a firing all cylinder prerogative that will make you marvel with the vivacious rigor that’s splendidly vigorous to boot. “What I Believe” continues to rip & shred with motoring tactics while the symphonious throttle, echoes classical charm, as it adheres to this towering tremble on contorted assimilation. Where nothing but a bombarding bashfulness integrates with significant blends in ponderous weight & guitar driving celeste, unearthing this rich magnificence on tenuous yet superlunary thrash that’s strongly prestigious. Similarly profound with the engaging daintiness of “The Dream Is Gone”.

The Miracle In You” portrays more tuneful jingles that provide with more uniquely versatile  vehemence on moving materialization; where stompy grooves and effervescent jauntiness jumps with sparkling yet sweet-sounding zest that’s most enthusiastic & bursting. The penultimate banger “Broken” has another fabulous intensity embedded, exalted with more utilizations of immersive inventive instrumental greatness that’s rather groundbreaking and flourishing, whilst the overall concluding banger “Rat Race” shakes speakers with splendorous enticement in which piledrives with motivation furore excellently, ending the record with mighty thrust. Bottom line; I am compelled to say that ENEMY EYES most surely outdone themselves with this one, “History’s Hand” is a great start to this new endeavor in which justifies this subgenre epically and should please most fans. An enjoyably entertaining discovery awaits one, should you fancy a radically wicked AOR/Alternative Rock/Metal transition. Worthy of spinning a good couple of times, do check it out.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Here We Are
2. History’s Hand
3. Peace And Glory
4. The Chase
5. Preying On Your Weakness
6. What You Say
7. What I Believe
8. The Dream Is Gone
9. The Miracle In You
10. Broken
11. Rat Race
Johnny Gioeli - Vocals
Marcos Rodrigues - Guitar
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Bass, keyboards
Fabio Alessandrini - Drums
Record Label: Frontiers Music Srl


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