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CD review ANNISOKAY "Enigmatic smile"

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2015 von Markus W. in Annisokay, Post-Hardcore, Modern Metal, Metalcore, News, CD Review

(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. 





  1. Carry me away
  2. Naked city
  3. Snowblind
  4. Panic attack
  5. Wolves in the walls
  6. Fragile line
  7. Traveler
  8. Life cycles
  9. Fame
  10. New autumn light
  11. What is left


Label: Long Brach Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

CD review ANNISOKAY "Enigmatic smile"

CD review ANNISOKAY " The lucid dream(er)"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2014 von Markus W. in Annisokay, Metalcore, Hardcore, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(6/10) Annisokay is a band from Halle, Germany, focussing on a mix between port-hardcore and alternative rock, spiced up with some metalcore elements. The name Annisokay looks very special. It needs to be spelled as 'Ann is okay' and than it makes more sense. According to an interview of the band with the Deafground Magazine the name is based on Michael Jacksons "Smooth criminal" where the main character Annie was attacked and the band wished an 'happy end' of the story. No idea if this is true or not, but at least this is what you hear via the grapevine.

The in 2007 founded band so far released only one album. It's the here mentioned "The lucid dream(er)". After two demos and one EP the band released their debut already in 2012. The band didn't have a label at that time and released the album under their own banner. In 2013 Radtone Music took care about the release of the album in Japan and in 2014 SPV ssigned Annisokay. That's also why the debut gets again a bit more in focus.

As said, the music is a mix out of post-hardcore, metalcore and rock. The production is good an powerful and the songs, 14 in total are OK impression. I have perceived the mix between the shouts and the clean vocals as something positive since it makes the record easier approachable. The more negative point is that the album doesn't really stand out. It's in gerenal nothing wrong with it, but the fourteen songs have something like 'heard before already'. In my point of view there are already many bands playing very similar music. So what's the reason for going for Annisokay? I couldn't really answer this question, but you might be able to do it. If so, please feel free to share it in the comments.

Solid music with a good production leads to six points. Let's keep an eye on the further development of the band.





  1. The final round
  2. Sky
  3. Anniversary
  4. Firewalk
  5. Monstercrazy
  6. Whi am I
  7. The believer
  8. Insanity
  9. Ghost of me
  10. By the time
  11. Where do I start
  12. Day to day tragedy
  13. Wasted & useful
  14. The final round (Remix)


Label: SPV

Genre: Metalcore

CD review ANNISOKAY " The lucid dream(er)"