Published Apr 03, 2019After leaving Infant Annihilator, vocalist Dan Watson created Enterprise Earth and captured the attention of the deathcore community very quickly with their debut EP, XXIII. Watson's vocals were monumental enough to gain recognition, but the music itself hasn't been impressive enough to get the band much further than when they started. Unfortunately, their third album, Luciferous, isn't much better than their previous material.
The album is undoubtedly heavy, but never really strays from the deathcore formula of blast beats and breakdown after breakdown. The band briefly introduce moments of melodic shredding ("Internal Suffering," "We Are Immortal") but even these songs are bogged down in cookie-cutter deathcore riffs. The majority of the songs lack any distinguishing factor to set them apart from each other, like they were made on a deathcore assembly line.
Watson's vocals are the sole component of the album that makes this a worthwhile listen. He shows range, between his high shrieks and burly gutturals, that could match up to the best singers in the genre. On closing track, "There Is No Tomorrow," Watson uses clean vocals with minimal success, as if he saw more popular deathcore bands testing those waters and felt it was a necessary addition. Without the acoustic section where these vocals appear, the song likely wouldn't have felt unnecessarily long either.
Enterprise Earth are a cohesive band with a strong skill set that could make them really stand out, but by playing things safe, they're only hurting their progress. The band have a lot of potential, but writing an album without any memorable hooks makes for a lacklustre release that won't get them further than their current fan base. (eOne)