Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Enforcer at the Gramercy Theatre

Joseph Tholl & Olof Wikstrand
Heavy metal band Enforcer formed in 2004 in Arvika, a small and remote town in Sweden. Enforcer is a part of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal (NWOTHM), a growing movement of new bands that are rooted in 1980s-sounding metal. After four studio albums, Enforcer's most recent product is a Live by Fire DVD, released on November 20, 2015, which contains footage of a 2013 concert in Tokyo, Japan, and a Live by Fire CD with recordings from a performance in Athens, Greece. Enforcer presently consists of one remaining original member, vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand, with guitarist Joseph Tholl, bassist Tobias Lindqvist, and drummer Jonas Wikstrand.

Headlining at the Gramercy Theatre tonight, Enforcer brought a colorful mix of rawness and polish to old-fashioned speed metal. While the songs featured ripping guitar riffs and a thunderous rhythm section, they also leaned on the cleaner side with slick arrangements, strong melodies, and powerful vocals. Bare chested, blond-haired and mascara-eyed, Olof Wikstrand looked suited to join Poison, but coupled with a headbanging band, proved he was a metalhead. Time will tell if a larger audience will be looking to revisit old-school sounds with Enforcer.

Visit Enforcer at www.enforcer.se.