Have you ever been faced with the unenviable task of writing a review for an album you hate and making it sound as though you loved it? No, me neither!
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll explain. 30th September 2021 sees the launch of Enquire Within’s latest album release Rebirth, and I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview so I could give my thoughts on it.
Thought 1 – I’ve heard two tracks from the album so far, Get Out and Judgement, and often have Get Out stuck in my head (it’s my favourite track on the album). I already know I’m going to like it
Thought 2 – Remember that Rebirth is a concept album, and that means you should listen to it from start to finish (not on random)
Thought 3 – Must not leave “spoilers”
So, I loaded the tracks in the right order and sat down to listen, then I did it again, and again just to make sure.
We start with Tainted, an eerily beautiful instrumental piece, which would sit perfectly as the soundtrack to a 60’s cold war film.
What follows are Remorse and Annihilation March, and I can’t help but get the feeling that our protagonist is in a bit of pickle, and with lyrics like “take these horrors from my eyes, and let me breathe again” and “Save me from myself” he’s going to need more than a cup of tea and a biscuit to fix what torments him.
Judgement appears earlier than I thought it would, but having heard it so often I can’t help but feel there might be light at the end of this tunnel. Here is a protagonist who knows he needs help and having heard Get Out – knowing it comes later – I’m lulled into a false sense of security.
The subject matter is not cheerful. The guitars coupled with the relentless throb of the drums batter home the fact that this is a man falling deeper into his own personal hell. There’s a frenetic speed to the drums, hurrying along the descent into oblivion. Then the vocals, not quite screaming in the literal sense, but yes… screaming for help.
By the time we reach the only ballad on the album (yes, I said ballad) I’m still hopeful, I still want to believe that there is redemption to be found, especially as the track that follows it is the initial single release “Get Out”
Get Out has always sounded, to me at least, like a song of hope. Those five words “I Am Now Your God” have always given me the sense of winning, of overcoming threats and fears. Perhaps I’m going to get my happy ending after all?!
As we progress through this personal nightmare, I can feel hope fading, until we come to the penultimate track Cocoon, another instrumental. Is this it, will the album’s title track take us to a happier place? To a place where there is peace? That would be far too easy
Rebirth is, in my opinion, a solid piece of work. There’s still a part of me that believes our man could have been saved… but what do I know?
I’ll tell you what I do know; Chad and Buff did well, although they couldn’t have done it without the rest of the band, and blimey is that band a good one! Oh, and Burned is my new favourite track on the album.
Rebirth is released through Metal Rocka Records on Thursday 30th September, and will there’s a launch gig on the same day at The Black Heart in Camden.
Review Written by Jezebel