There must be something in the water up north, it’s probably a delicious mix of true Northern grit, determination and punk metal sass. Whatever it is, it’s certainly working its magic on Yorkshire quartet Fail the Enemy, whose eponymous EP dropped during their recent run of shows with Ashestoangels. The launch party for the aforementioned release in their hometown of Leeds rounded off the UK tour on a high note, with fans gathered to hear the collection of songs in all their glory.
Lead single ‘Embers’ is a bold start to the EP; excitedly released back in July, singer Nathan Lawton shows his impressive vocal ability almost immediately. His endless carrying notes at the chorus complementing his fellow bandmates efforts seamlessly. The gritty quality from the backing vocals brings another dimension to this track, and serves as a very strong opener.
‘Lost to the World’ follows in similar fashion, and perhaps while not as memorable as its predecessor, offers sassy, powerful riffs to feast upon. However, halfway point ‘Footsteps of the Damned’ adds another dimension of talent to the boys. As it begins with quieter, unassuming guitars and builds into an almost rock-ballad like chorus. An unexpected twist, but one you are incredibly glad to hear.
The highlight of this EP is undoubtedly the collaborative track ‘Devil You Know’, with guest vocals from Adam Crilly [of Ashestoangels]. From the moment the quirky sound gradually builds within your ears, you know this track is going to be something special. It’s certainly a well-crafted track, with foot stomping percussion from Bailey Roper, to the combination of understated riffs building into an intricate chorus from guitarist Elliott Green, it’s got everything you could possibly want from a metal track. As all these wonderful elements come together, all you’re left with is an insanely addictive quality that you can’t help but put on repeat. Tread with caution, for you may end up with a mosh-induced headache
The conveniently named ‘Everything Ends’ brings this EP to close with an understated, almost dark quality to it. The great thing that must be noted with Fail the Enemy is their professional way of building their tracks with ribbons of powerful riffs and percussion into bold, catchy choruses, and this is wonderful to see. Their eponymous EP is bursting with tracks that are incredibly infectious, and within a handful of listens, are pleasantly and permanently burned into metal corner of your mind.