Enemies of the State
Label: Century Media
This Cali neo-thrash quintet finds some tasty dynamics amid the machine-gun playing, exclamation-point yelling, and gallows humor of their third album. The opening of "Wake Up... Destroy" swings from the drums on up, and then "Future Ages Gone" zooms in real fuzzy-wuzzy-like. But even if they're now shooting for social protest about Soviet gulags and out-of-control technology, Warbringer still haven't quite figured out where to take their high velocity, once it starts charging. Worth noting: The most compelling thing here, "Behind the Veils of Night," is a rather dainty gothic instrumental.