Gifts From Enola
Every few years an album comes out that pushes the existing genres of music so far that it can no longer be recognizable as an album of any one genre. The explosion of a culmination of influences so diverse that the creative output that the end result yields is powerful enough to create its own genre of music. These are the albums that inspire people to create music and these are the influential albums that remain timeless for eternity. With their third release, Harrisonburg, VA’s Gifts From Enola may have created an album that is just that powerful. Completely uninhibited, uncompromising, and unrelenting, “From Fathoms” is all at once an emotional epiphany and an unintentional reckoning of the new creative wave. Sharing as much in common with bands like The Mars Volta and Minus The Bear as it shares with Explosions In The Sky or This Will Destroy You. Defying boundaries with an unrelenting, aggressive assault ala Converge one second, the next seamlessly flowing into a high flying crescendo of hope in Mono-like fashion. The end result of this album is certainly unclassifiable and name dropping all over the place will never accurately describe the sound. It is its own, and that is a rare feat in today’s saturated music industry. This is unexpected. This is “From Fathoms”.
- Gifts From Enola (LP/2010)
- Gifts From Enola – From Fathoms 2xLP & cd version (The Mylene Sheath, 2009)
- Gifts From Enola/You.May.Die.In.The.Desert: Harmonic Motion Vol. 1 split CD (Differential Records, 2008)
- Gifts From Enola – Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind 2xLP (The Mylene Sheath, 2008
- Gifts From Enola – Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind CD (self released, 2006)
“Il faut bien reconnaître une chose aux Gifts from Enola comme aux gens de leur label The Mylene Sheath, c’est leur goût prononcé pour le travail bien fait. [...] Un crossover musical rock au sens large et à la réussite incomparable. Du grand art.” W-Fenec.org, French Webzine
“The album kicks off with a promisingly driving intro in the first few minutes of “Lionized,” inviting the listener into the new slick sound with ease.” Decoy Music, American Webzine
“Nonetheless, a little front-loadedness isn’t enough to totally damage From Fathoms. A very compelling sophomore LP with lots of successful ambition and enlivening moments, Gifts from Enola has done well here and likely produced one of the more notable releases of the style this year. ” Punknews.org, American webzine.
“When they get it right they draw you in and don’t let go, but there are others that blast right past without reaching that all-important “wow” moment. A highly challenging listen to say the least.” Rockfreaks, Danish webzine
“Avec leur premier album, ces américains ont l’insolence de venir culminer au sommet d’un genre qui s’étoffe, et s’étouffe, de plus en plus. Leur mélange de post rock et d’éléments venus d’horizons plus brutaux fonctionne à merveille.” Metalorgie, French webzine