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ENSTRIDE Standing And Waiting E.P.
Independent Release
Rating: 9 Out Of 10
Reviewed by: Bam-Bam

Having heard quite a bit of music lately that was overseen by ENDO/DIECAST producer Paul Trust, I was very excited to check out the three tracks on ENSTRIDE’s latest E.P. Trust knows how to get a great sound out of an Active Rock band looking to appeal to radio audiences, so it’s always a treat to hear his work. Here we find him taking on a Philadelphia-based band with incredible chops and deathgrip precision in their delivery. The opening title-track is a heated affair of guitar brawn and drumming excellence. I especially love how you can’t really tell from the opening riffs, just how the song is going to groove until they launch it at point-blank range to the bridge of your nose. This puzzling little intricacy is very apparent in track #2, “Parasite”, which wails away on guitar making you think it’s going to blast in with some cut-time drumbeat. Instead, it stomps, Godzilla-like, right in your face with drummer Steve Jepson pulling a perfect Morgan Rose (of SEVENDUST fame) growl/scream backup throughout singer Justin Wright’s impeccable vocal-melodic gymnastics show! This is by far, my favorite track on the E.P. I’ve hit “repeat” on this one more times than my Itunes can calculate at current! Finishing up this trio of radio-ready rockers is “Wings”, a mid-tempo, semi-acoustic number that doesn’t really hit a pace for me until the chorus and killer breakdown parts appear. Unfortunately, those breakdowns don’t make their presence known enough throughout for my taste, but it’s still a song that ranks higher than most bands’ best numbers.

With all that said, the final outcome is an E.P. that stands up and demands to be heard. Great performances from the band all-around and an incredible mix from Mr. Trust make this another Heavy Rock standout that should have fans, both new and diehards, screaming as they crowd the front-of-stage at their live shows. Head over to (PURCHASE HERE) to snag your copy now and keep your eyes peeled for when they’ll be touring near you. This one is Very, Very Highly Recommended!!!
08 Oct 2009 by Bam-Bam

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