Song Review: Enemy of Mine – “Lee Lee v2.0”

Song Review: Enemy of Mine – “Lee Lee v2.0”

Song review: Lee Lee v2.0
Band: Enemy Of Mine
Location: Taree/Newcastle, NSW
Date of Release: November 2013
Genre: Hardcore
Reviewer: Golden Eagle

There comes a time in every man’s life when he says to himself ‘I need to make a band with a third guitarist for absolutely no reason at all. We need to be heavy as fuck and a generally pretty good band. But we need a third guitarist. I’m not certain why he’ll even be there. But he will.’ In case you haven’t gathered the general gist of what I mean, this band has three guitarists when it really only needs two.

That’s not to say that this is a bad song though. I actually quite enjoyed it. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for tough guy, down-tempo hardcore. And I’ll be damned is this isn’t the toughest of guys hardcore. This is the kind of hardcore that I would cross to the other side of the street to avoid at night. The breakdowns are heavy, the vocals are aggressive and there’s enough two step in here for me to consider this a genuine cardio workout. Seriously, The Biggest Loser should just get these guys to come in one day and play a song. Whole season would be over in 3 minutes.

The guitars, whilst there being too many, are cool as fuck, with more heavy chugging than a Saturday night on the piss. It’s not all just down tempo palm muting either. As the song progresses, some simple lead lines can be heard over the top of the song. They’re simple but they definitely keep the song interesting.

I really like this guys vocals. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before, but he still pulls it off pretty well. There’s just something about it that really gets my goat. It’s got all that hardcore grittiness I know and love. The only thing that kind of puts me off about it is that it just sounds a bit low-fi compared to the rest of the song. Like the rest of the band recorded the song but then they all decided a good idea would be to drop acid in the studio and once they finished their trip, they realised they had recorded no vocals, ran out of studio time and just recorded it through Reaper at home.

The drums are good, but unfortunately, there’s just nothing in them that really jump out at me. Obviously the guy is talented, but these drums… I dunno, it just doesn’t feel like I should get really excited about them. They deserve a good score, don’t get me wrong, but maybe it was the way they were mixed or something. I dunno. Drummer, I apologise. You are good, but maybe I’m just in the wrong mindset for this.

I am going to make no comments on the bass guitar. I am officially making the decision here and now that I will no longer comment on bassists unless they prove to me that there is something worth commenting on. You have 4 strings and at least 20 frets, it’s not that hard to do something other than what the guitars do.

So yeah, great song, just way too many guitarists and some mixing issues.

Vocals –
Screams: 8/10
Guitars: 8/10
Bass: Read above/10
Drums: 7/10
Production: 5/10
Lyrics: can’t find/10
Songwriting: 7.5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 7.5/10

Song Review: Enemy of Mine – “Lee Lee v2.0”
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