Tech-deathcore practitioners Enterprise Earth landed a direct hit last year with their highly appraised third full length Luciferous. Whilst the record should have served as a jump-board for the band to spring to new heights this year, 2020 had vastly different ideas. Earlier this Spring, the band had to abandon their Euro run alongside Rings Of Saturn and just a few weeks later the powers that be postponed their mammoth Oceania tour with fellow death-focused kings Thy Art Is Murder, Dying Fetus, Fit For An Autopsy and Aversions Crown. Total bummer.
But instead of their licking their wounds, it seems the unfolding apocalypse can’t keep this dog down. Released today is Foundation Of Bones, a surprise EP bridging the gap between the aforementioned Luciferous and the new record lying just over the horizon.
Composed of the title track single, covers of Lamb Of God’s ceremonial classic ‘Now You’ve Got Something To Die For’ and Necrophagist’s delightfully dubbed ‘Fermented Offal Discharge’ alongside an acoustic cover of previous single ‘There Is No Tomorrow, this bundle of tracks offers more than it lets on. Whipped up in just a few months and standing as the group’s first self-produced release, this 5-track not only satisfies ones’s craving for all things technically punishing, but indicates that the band have a future haymaker of a release winding up.
‘Foundations Of Bones’, the title track, is undoubtedly going to be a live staple in the future. Over the course of it’s blighting three-minutes, Enterprise Earth take some of the key elements of their previous work and amplify them – the slams hit harder, the technically is more composed and the tone has been sharpened to a blade’s edge. It’s an utter barnstormer of a deathcore track,
However, the two additional covers may be release’s most fun offerings. Spring-loaded blast beats ensure the stampede of ‘Now You’ve Got Something To Die’ is pulverising to all caught underfoot, and their Necrophgagist cover is putrid musical filth with a lacerating technical edge. In relation - with it’s latin tone and gentle strings - the acoustic rendition of ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ is certainly among strange company but a welcome addition none the less.
As the instrumental version of the title track showcases the band’s seemingly natural ability to produce their work to a professional level, it’s clear that the group’s next step is going to be of wide berth. A great bundle of tracks that indicates the bright future that awaits Enterprise Earth, this is going to tickle the spot for those eager for a bit of deathcore punishment.