I stated before that as people get older they seem to want slower and calmer music. People tend to want something more “adult” as they sink further into this stage of their life. At 31, a lot of my friends are turning in their Pantera and Slayer records for more rock friendly stuff like Balance & Composure or The Gaslight Anthem. There is nothing necessarily wrong with that but giving up on your past completely, saddens me. Maybe it’s that bum out that has powered me into the opposite direction. I’m in a phase of my musical life that I need everything to be faster, louder, and angrier. This has led me to a lot d-beat, grind, and thrashier metalcore.

Enter Enabler.

Shortly after Creator Destructor Records released the bands compilation record Year One, which was comprised the band’s first two EPs year before, they found their way onto my radar. Admittedly, I didn’t give them much attention when I first received the CD. It wasn’t until the band released their first legit full length in All Hail The Void (coupled with the fact that it was advertised to have Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley on drums) that I honestly gave them a shot. AHTV still remains one of my favorite surprises in the last few years and still gets some of the most plays of any record I’ve been fortunate enough to review. The ability to successfully blend the thrashy punk elements of crust and d-beat with sprinkles of metalcore and even some melody was a refreshing take on a genre that can be saturated with many clones of a clone of a clone. Hurley’s technical wizardry behind the kit catapulted them well above their peers. He certainly came along way from his days in Racetraitor and KillTheSlaveMaster.

Jumping passed a few EP’s, singles, and splits, the band has delivered their follow-up full length in La Fin Absolue Du Monde (French for “The Absolute End Of The World”). There has been quite a few lineup changes since the “Andy Hurley Days” and it has affected their sound slightly. The main concept of utilizing parts of the previously mentioned d-beat, crust, metalcore with an abundance of melody is still the same but the technicality seems to be gone. While not completely discrediting the current drummer, Hurley was a lot of the reason of what distanced All Hail The Void from the pack. There is still a sense of urgency here but it’s somewhat mechanical and predictable. Shrinking down to a 3 piece also has affected what they’ve been able to pull off guitar wise. Singer/Guitarist Jeff Lohber, is certainly the driving force of the band, and only remaining original member, but relying only on himself to wield the axe has taken away a little of the power in the riffs. When he opts to plug in one of their signature melodic parts, the balls seem to shrink a little with now backing rhythm guitar, although bassist Amanda Daniels does achieve a pretty righteous bass tone. Having seen them live on the EyeHateGod/Ringworm tour, a lot of my complaints about album resonated live as well.

Before this sounds like a total rip on the album, I have to stop myself. This is still a really solid outing from one of my favorite newer bands. My complaints only come in the form of feeling underwhelmed after knowing what they can do and have done on a previous album. La Fin Absolue Du Monde is still an ode to the apocalypse that I’m going to recommend to anyone who likes their music angry without a side of bullshit, especially with rippers like I've Got A Bad Feeling About This and Sickened By The Wake . I think it’s maybe just a case of being too busy that may have watered down their style just a little bit. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, they have released 2 splits and 2 EP’s within the 2 years since the release of their last full length. While each was good in their own right, I couldn’t help but think they were slightly rushed and/or songs that weren’t good enough to make it onto the full length. This album is a fun listen; I hope they take the time to tour extensively for it before jumping back into the writing/recording game again. Enabler still has a ton of potential to grow into a powerhouse band that is talked about in the same sentence as giants like Tragedy and From Ashes Rise. La Fin Absolue Du Monde shows promise even with being a decline from the last full length.