Enemy Of The Sun - Caedium

14 songs
48:20 minutes
***** ****


German thrash metal band Enemy Of The Sun was founded in 2006 by Waldemar Sorychta, well known for his past activities in Despair, Grip Inc. and Voodoocult. His experience shows on Caedium, the band’s sophomore album after the debut Shadows from 2007 which proves that metal does not always have to follow preset patterns.

Enemy Of The Sun show themselves from so many different angles that it’s too simple to dismiss them as just another thrash metal band, even if that style is the foundation for most of the songs. The huge amount of influences is so vast that you risk losing track, but then this is also the delightful challenge of this avant-gardish effort. The first regular track Another End Of The Rainbow is one of the straighter cuts with its quickly succeeding thrash riffs, powerful drums and playful guitar solos, but the situation changes soon after. Some pieces made me reuse the old-fashioned word crossover, with the strange concoction of totally different elements feeling not unlike Waltari from Finland. It would be pointless to describe in detail every single song, but some deserve special mention due to especially intriguing ideas. I Am One contains Latino sounds, Chasing The Dragon has even some banjo in it, The Power Of Mankind is bursting with pathos, Castaways In The N.W.O. is flirting with industrial music, and Paradigm is uncompromising rock’n’roll. Moreover the songs are filled with breaks that prepare the ground for ever unexpected changes, like when brutal parts are shamelessly followed by progressive counters that just as easily switch back to total hectic playing, contrasting with sing-along choruses.

Metal is always at its most entertaining when the music is unpredictable, making it next to impossible to come up with comparisons. Meshuggah and Strapping Young Lad are two vaguely similar bands, but Enemy Of The Sun are still different. They do their best to be different, and their extremely non-commercial attitude deserves to be honoured by every open-minded metal fan.

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