Natural 20
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Heavy rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Red Fang, Doomriders, Dead Quiet
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Our quest for heaviness has led us to Detroit, Michigan where we discovered the heavy rock prowess of Enchantelope. Their debut album Natural 20 has landed in our rotation and impressed the shit out of our editors. Mike Palm (bass and drums) and Steve Angers (guitar and vocals) are the masterminds behind the band and have been playing music together for nearly 10 years. They sound like seasoned veterans and not newbies to the scene, their chemistry is spot on and downright inspiring. Many of the songs have been crafted over the past 10 plus years of jamming together. Enchantelope throw so many styles of metal into this beast of an album and that’s what gives this its lasting appeal. They don’t stray too long on one particular style, its part stoner, classic metal and sludge.

With all these styles embedded to Natural 20, the music transitions between various forms of stoner riffage and swift metal. Everything feels natural and not forced thanks to the diligent self-produced techniques from to Mike and Steve.  The duo also mixed and mastered the album to help capture their vision; to be an all engrossing heavy rock n’ roll band. Just listen to the tracks “Dimension Door,” “Perfect Being” and “Rob the Vault” they’re a whirlwind of heaviness as they expand from today’s stoner to 80s and 90s metal. For those who are a bit nostalgic with metal will appreciate this.

Vocal Performance – 8.6 of 11
Solid vocal performance that does not waiver. Gritty and raw, very fitting for the music. 

Weight of the Heavy – 8.7 of 11
This album is all about the heavy and metal. 

Risk of Subwoofer Damage – 8.5 of 11
Tremendous sound at high volumes and really fills the room.

Lyrics and Song Structure – 8.6 of 11
Excellent song writing and structure on this album, we hear no weak moments.

Fretwork Prowess – 8.8 of 11
The swift and heavy riffs are brilliant and infectious.

Overall Album Flow – 8.5 of 11
Each song is entertaining and they keep to their heavy formula. 

Album Cover Aesthetics – 9.3 of 11
Great artwork, it’s what drew us in.

Production Value – 8.6 of 11
The solid production creates the all-consuming vibe.

Standout Track(s)
“The Necromancer” is a sold tune and could be our favorite of the bunch, you’ll find yourself slightly headbanging to this one. Other tunes that will stick with you are “Cone of Gold” with its classic Danzig-like riff to the loose and furious “Breaking Wheel”. Plus the late 80s fury of “Rob the Vault” and the sleaze metal vibe of "Perfect Being" are a blast.

Alcohol Pairing
Juicy Shenanigans IPA by Three 3’s Brewery in New Jersey. This 6.7% ABV hazy IPA is brewed with massive amounts of oats for a soft mouthfeel and hopped generously with Huell Melon, Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo. Flavors and aromas of ripe honeydew, mango, and citra.

Lasting Impression 
We hope Enchantelope haven’t peaked on Natural 20, it’s a very strong debut. We can see this one gaining steam as the year progresses. We urge you forgo previewing this and just download it. - 4/11/2018

1. Eighteen Doors 03:03
2. Cone of Cold 05:13
3. The Necromancer 03:15
4. Paint the Mirror Black 04:44
5. Dimension Door 03:46
6. Perfect Being 04:39

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