Devil May Care by Annisokay (Long Branch Records)
Fans of massive acts such as Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive and Of Mice & Men are destined to uncover a lifelong favorite when encountering the thrilling post hardcore/metallic refrains of Annisokay. Based out of Germany, Annisokay has toured all over Europe and has even made their way into Russia for some shows. While Annisokay is fairly unknown here in the States, Devil May Care is destined to be the epic breakthrough release that garners the collective a good deal of attention and admiration. Devil May Care is their third sonic manifesto for Long Branch Records, packed to the brim with 10 powerhouse songs that you’ll want to revisit time and again.
Devil May Care kicks off with the massive sounds of Loud, instantly presenting the devastating screams of Dave Grunewald meshed with the impassioned clean vocals of guitarist Christoph Wieczorek and the mesmerizing performances of all involved with the Annisokay extravaganza. What’s Wrong then slams into the senses with its stark message and spiraling melodies – including the stunning “you are not alone” and “we are all searching” sentiments exhibited during the breakdown. Smile is a vast standout featuring the participation of Marcus Bridge of Northlane – followed by the ferocious intensity of the mighty D.O.M.I.N.A.N.C.E. Blind Lane penetrates into the heart and soul of the matter – a highly effective track featuring Christoph Wieczorek’s wonderfully gripping clean vocals brought into the forefront.
The second half of the recording presents the sonic blast of Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, with a guest participation by Christoph von Freydorg of Emil Bulls – an earth shattering track of anthem-like proportions whose lyrical screams of “you don’t have to be brave, you don’t have to be strong,” destined to leave a lingering impression. The songs of empowerment continue on with the stratospheric Hourglass ringing through with a rapturous intensity that is wondrous to behold. Photographs mixes soulful clean vocals when a screamed ferocity while Gold shimmers and ignites with its electro-beats permeating throughout. And then closing out the Devil May Care experience is a fiery yet cathartic journey to The Last Planet, unveiling Annisokay at their most intriguing and diverse.
The resourceful Annisokay lineup consists of Dave Grunewald on shouts and screams, Christoph Wieczorek on clean vocals and guitar, Norbert Rose on bass, Philipp Kretzschmar on guitar, and Nico Vaeen on drums. Each and every member possess a grand amount of imagination and depth, rendering Devil May Care one of the most exhilarating and impactful albums from the modern rock/metalcore genre and beyond. Here’s hoping Annisokay finally make their way to the States to thoroughly enrapture our masses with their vibrant and crucial anthems. In the meantime, check into Devil May Care and the other recordings by Annisokay – all available worldwide from Long Branch Records!
(Review by Ken Morton)
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