EP REVIEW: Enterprise Earth – Foundation Of Bones

Release Date: June 19th 2020
Label: eOne Music
Website: www.enterpriseearthband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/enterpriseearthband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/eearthband

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Out of nowhere, deathcore outfit Enterprise Earth have given us a surprise EP, ‘Foundation Of Bones’, delivering fans a new song and a few other treats through the ongoing lockdown.

The title track and centrepiece of the EP kicks things off with Enterprise Earth as we know them and love them. It’s got a hulky groove, coupled with some noodly guitar lines that are extremely addictive, and Dan Watson‘s signature gurgled growl acts as another distinctive layer. It’s very much in the technical deathcore vein as you’d expect, but it’s certainly done to a higher standard than many others, and this will no doubt keep you on your toes.

The band have also given us two covers, the first ode to their touchstones being of Lamb Of God‘s ‘Now You’ve Got Something To Die For’. It’s very close to the original, with the only notable difference being in production and vocal stylings, but the song’s vicious ending riff is very well suited to Enterprise Earth.

Next up, Necrophagist‘s ‘Fermented Offal Discharge’ gets the Enterprise Earth treatment. Again, it sounds close to the original, but the band deserve credit for pulling this off, especially when the song’s tricky guitar work is nailed to a tee.

But there’s still a further surprise here. The band’s own ‘There Is No Tomorrow’, a track taken from last year’s ‘Luciferous’ LP, gets a complete re-working. The growled vocals at the start are a little incongruous to start with it, but it builds into something masterful with an Anthony Green-esque high-pitched soft clean vocal sitting perfectly over the song. The acoustic transformation guitar-wise, with prominent piano and strings, makes for this to be the clear highlight of this EP. The melody that was there in the original has been brought to the fore, and is done so with brilliant results.

We then get the instrumental version of the EP’s new song and titular track, which may only be of interest to die-hard fans and those that may want to perform a vocal cover, but it still highlights Enterprise Earth‘s strengths – the addictive noodly riff could be higher in the mix still, but that’s only a minor fault.

Even with just a short EP, Enterprise Earth have still given fans and other listeners alike a great deal to unpack.