If you live in Sydney at the very least, you should have heard of Our Last Enemy. And if you haven’t, well there is a first for everything. Our Last Enemy have proven to be quite a force to be reckoned with in the Australian metal scene, and have done something I can honestly say I’ve never seen before – created a metal remix album.
Engineering The Enemy is certainly unique and a rarity. If there are other metal remix albums floating around, they haven’t crossed my path. Our Last Enemy have never been afraid of experimentation, and that couldn’t be more obvious with their latest project.
When I first saw the track list for the album I thought it was a little odd having two or three different remixes of the same song. After listening to the record though, it begins to make perfect sense. It’s one thing to hear how another band interprets a song, but to hear several of the same makes it all the more interesting.
With a long list of great Australian talent on board: Shiv-R, Viral Millennium, Pink Industrial Whores, AR 12, DJ BuDDha, Autoclaws, As Angels Bleed, Shudder-X, DJ Dasein, Noveaux, Angelspit and Beano (The Berzerker), it acts as a great marketing tool for awesome local talent. And alongside all of that Australian talent, Mortiis (ex Emperor), Travis Neal (Divine Heresy), Angel (Dope) and Dismantled also lend their remixing skills to the record.
Engineering The Enemy opens with a mighty Pink Industrial Whores remix of the widely popular “10,000 Headless Horses,” and from there it’s one great remix after another. Each artist interprets the song in their own way, some creating an ambient, atmospheric sound, others using synths and samples to prove that heavy isn’t always about blast beats and insane guitar work, and some have made some nightclub worthy tracks.
My initial reaction of being doubtful of the doubling up of tracks, quickly became my favourite aspect of the record. It’s great to see how two or three artists can create such different tracks from the same song. Dismantled’s remix of “Low” holds a steady beat that floats on an unsettling melody of keys and synths; while DJ Dasein has a more danceable beat, running at a faster tempo making it a perfect fit for a nightclub.
A similar comparison can be made between the two versions of “Devour The Sun” on the record. Angel’s remix has a greater gothic feel and is really all about creating atmosphere, while Shiv-R’s drum and bass version really needs to be unleashed on dance floors sooner rather than later.
Engineering The Enemy is an interesting record and definitely worth listening to if you’re a fan of Our Last Enemy, industrial and electronica.
It is available now on iTunes.