(6/10) Not even one years after debut "The lucid dream(er)" the band from Halle, Germany releases their next album. "Enigmatic smile" is the title of the new longplayer that comes with eleven new songs.
In general I can say that there isn't that much new to report. The new disc takes up where the band stopped with the predisessor. Their mix of of post hardcore and modern metal dominantes also "Enigmatic smile".
Songs like "Naked city" are very representative for the album. There is the might riffing part in the middle of the track while there are also very melodic vocal lines that turns into deep shouting before the song finds back to a strong melody. All comes together in "Naked city" very well.
The other tunes on the longplayer follow the same pattern. In principle it is done quite well but it also makes the album one-dimensional. After a while I got the feeling of 'having heard it before'. A four track EP might have been enough.
The only song that is slightly different is "Life cycles". The tune is a slower track that shows the more fragile side of the band from Germany. The base is a highly melodic and soulful vocalline that is supported by some reduced guitars and samples. For me an appreciated break on the album.
When it comes to the production of the album everything is okay. "Enigmatic smile" got a dense and powerful sound that is, for my ears, well mixed. A big plus of the record.
For the coming releases it would be great if Annisokay would break out more often out of their comfort zone and add more elements to their music that surprises the listener.
- Carry me away
- Naked city
- Panic attack
- Wolves in the walls
- Fragile line
- Life cycles
- New autumn light
- What is left
Label: Long Brach Records