Review: Enima 'Take #1'
Emina is a rock band that currently resides in Austria. They are about to release their newest album, Take #1, which will be released in Europe this December and in February the UK and North America on SixtySix Records. The group draws influences from a spectrum of classic rock and metal artist, like Black Sabbath and AC/DC. The difference is that a gifted female singer with a powerful voice fronts Emina.
The album opens with the track “Speeding On A Highway” which certainly does a fitting job of describing the feeling of the music. The late 70s early 80s influence is clear on this track. The guitar playing on this track is absolutely killer; it is fast paced without being overbearing. What is most compelling about this track is how well Emina’s (also the name of the lead singer) voice really shines through the music.
On “Long Lost Trace” Emina’s voice opens up sounding reserved but by the time the chorus hits the guitars and drums begin to really kick in and her voice takes flight. A highlight of the album is the ballad “I’m Leaving.” No hard rock album would be complete without the classic ballad, and on “I’m Leaving” Enima goes for it with complete success. If by the time the line “Don’t ever follow me I’m not who you want me to be” kicks in and you aren’t fist pumping then this album probably isn’t for you.
The album closes with the straight up classic rock tune “Go To Hell.” It is probably the perfect closer for this album. The track combines all the elements that are featured on the rest of the album condensed into a three-minute song. On Take #1 Enima blend the nostalgic elements of the early 80s hard rock yet seem to keep it sounding completely authentic. This album will be a favorite among fans of groups ranging from Heart to Motorhead.