Enabler La Fin Absolue Du Monde

Enabler La Fin Absolue Du Monde
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Long-time fans decried Enabler's All Hail the Void for its catchiness. Unfortunately, those same people failed to realize the infectious hooks were the main thing setting the Milwaukee band apart from all the other crusty d-beat-by-way-of-the-apocalypse bands. Fortunately, La Fin Absolue Du Monde (French for "the absolute end of the world") should be the absolute end of that divide in the trio's fans, as it manages to simultaneously be as catchy as their last while increasing the aggression to previous levels.

Multiple line-up changes haven't softened the fury of leader Jeff Lohrber, who delivers nimble, crusty d-beat fury ("Close My Eyes," "Rain Darkness) pumped full of melo-death riffing (sprinkled throughout, most notably on "Neglect") and crushing beat-downs. This is all standard fare for Enabler, but it's the execution that elevates La Fin. However, they prove they aren't a one trick pony with "Sickened By the Wake," "Linear Existence" and "New Life" delivering down-tempo build-ups, off-kilter Dillinger Escape Plan-esque runs and hoarse singing, respectively.

While hyperbole will certainly lead some to declare this album as "actually the absolute end of the world," by the time "Consequence" has built up to its anthemic closing riff (and swelled to push out one final burst), all you'll know is this is certainly not the end of your time with this album, which ends as strongly as it starts. (The Compound Records)