Enabler - Year One
Record Label: Creator-Destructor Records
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Enabler is a hardcore-punk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also known as Enabler (MKE), the band consists of Jeff Lohrber (Guitar/Vocals), Brian Serzynski (Drums), Bubba Nitz (Bass), and Logan Kelly (Lead Guitar). The group signed to Creator-Destructor Records in early 2011. As a part of being added to the label, Creator-Destructor has combined the bands previous two releases Eden Sank to Grief and War Begins With You into one single release called Year One. The result is a chaotic hardcore record that never lets up during its half hour span.
The album kicks off with “Mercenary,” a fast short number that ends before it really starts. From there on the record is filled with lead vocalist Lohrber’s frantic screams and the furious rhythm section of Serzynski and Nitz. Tracks like “Unconditional Surrender” and “Black Friday In Hell” feature blast beats from Serzynski and heavy chugging from Kelly and Lohrber that show the diversity of skill of the band. The musicianship of this band is on point, whether through displaying fast hardcore passages or grind like beat downs.
The shining moments of the record are in tracks like “Eden Sank to Grief” and “Renegrenades.” The former being one of the most chaotic tracks. It features a huge ending that transitions perfectly into “Survival Kits.” While the latter functions more as a metalcore song. It slows down perfectly while Lohrber screams out, “Where I do go when every open door leads to nowhere? All of the doors in this town are locked; all of our dreams are our crushed” before leading into a crushing breakdown.
Lyrically and vocally, the two match up perfectly. Lohrber is pissed off and it shows. It forms a great connection with the chaotic music and raw production. He is straight up honest with lines like, “It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what you do. In the end we all fucking lose. Success will not be measured in your financial status, but in how you benefit those around you,” from relentless closer “Symbiosis.”
Overall, Year One is a great hardcore release and nothing but potential can be seen with this band. While it may seem like the songs string together at times, it still does not take away the greatness that is this album. Enabler is poised to become bigger throughout the hardcore scene, this being the album that will help them get there.