The German metal five-piece ANNISOKAY have had an exhilarating 2 years. Their third studio album, Devil May Care – released 11th November on Long Branch Records – arrives just over a year after their explosive second album Enigmatic Smile, which debuted on the German Top 100 chart. Their critically acclaimed 2014 debut The Lucid Dream[er] saw them graduate from a beloved German underground act to a rising force in the modern metal scene, as well as building themselves a dedicated worldwide fanbase, who anticipate the band’s first global tour.
The opening track, Loud, introduces the harmonic vocal diversity that ANNISOKAY is recognised for. The capturing clean vocals coupled with deep guttural screams create a soulful and ambient canvas for the rest of the album. The 4 minute track wastes no time setting the pace for the record, with its driving rhythm providing a strong backbone for an energetic opening track.
The first single from the record What’s Wrong sees the band stick closely to their staple sound, with the powerful bassline in the first verse nearly overshadowing the weak breakdown later in the song – its build-up with the solo vocal takes away the effect. However, the final chorus makes up for it with its lead-in cleans, enhancing the final drop to finish on a satisfying note.