Photo Credit: Jacky Flav
On April 28th, Enforced will release their third full-length, War Remains (32 minutes of aggressive, no-frills thrash!), via Century Media Records. For a preview of this record, the video for the new single, "Hanged by My Hand", can be viewed now at:
Vocalist Knox Colby states: "The song is about living in a world governed by the ignorant, the incompetent and the ineffective; shrugging off or poorly trying to mask how inept they truly are (The Norfolk-Southern train derailment in Ohio is a perfect example).
"The song seethes with no way forward, as the world around you burns in acid fire; you'd rather die with your dignity than having some bastard suit step over you like a piece of garbage, only remembering you as 'collateral damage' and not the human being you once were. They don't care about you. Look out for yourself. Behind a poison smile, decline in denial."
The first single, "Ultra-Violence", can be heard at:
Pre-order War Remains now at: https://enforced.lnk.to/WarRemains - where the album is available in the following versions:
--Standard CD jewel-case
--Blue vinyl available from USA retail (500 copies) & CM Distro Wholesale EU and CMdistro.de (300 copies)
--White vinyl available from EMP (150 copies) & Nuclear Blast (150 copies)
--Red vinyl available from Enforced (limited to 300 copies)
Album Artwork by: Joe Petagno
"We didn't overthink anything," says Enforced front-man Knox Colby, describing the ethic that went into the making of the Richmond, Virginia-based quintet's third album, War Remains. "It's all very straight forward, no bells and whistles production-wise. It's almost ten minutes shorter than our last record and packs ten times more of a punch."
Blazing out of the pandemic, Enforced carved a trail throughout North America and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Obituary, Municipal Waste and Exhumed as well as festivals like Maryland Deathfest and France's Hellfest. With that bloodied road behind them, Enforced set metallic standard with their power-of-the-riff-wreck-your-neck take on classic thrash and crossover hardcore from the same pissed-off hometown womb that had given the world the likes of GWAR and Lamb of God.
Teaming with Richmond-based producer, Ricky Olson, with mixing help from Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Kreator), the band delivered on every iota of extreme aggression they've flexed since their inception in 2016. War Remains is the sound of Enforced pushing themselves to the next level: a serrated-edge classic. "It has the intensity of 'At the Walls' (2019) but is more mature than 'Kill Grid' (2021)," Colby explains. "It has that tenacity of us live. It spills through the record. If you're a fan of really aggressive music, you're gonna love it. It's seething!"
War Remains track-listing:
1. Aggressive Menace
2. The Quickening
3. Hanged by My Hand
5. War Remains
6. Mercy Killing Fields
7. Nation of Fear
Knox Colby - Vocals
Will Wagstaff - Guitars
Zach Monahan - Guitars
Ethan Gensurowsky - Bass
Alex Bishop - Drums