Album Reviews

Canobliss – Man Is The Enemy

Released By :  Independent Release

Run Time: 50:00

Genre : Modern Metal/Hard Rock




Johan Maldonado  -Vocals

Samson Pedroza –  Guitar

Jon Russo – Guitar

Chenzo Vidales –  Bass

Mike Russo – Drums


1. Hit The Floor
2. Pale Rider
3. Man Is The Enemy
4. Derrama Tu Sangre
5. Comatose
6. No Angel
7. Black Cadillac
8. Zombie Parade
9. Coffin Case Passion
10. Tools Of The Trade
11. Earth A.D.D.

The USA modern metal scene just doesn’t have enough distinguished artists that manage that individual unique sound that the genre has been missing for a while. We get excited anytime the “old guys” like Megadeth or Metallica release something because all hope fails when it comes to new modern metal bands, maybe with the exception of Avenged Sevenfold, Shadows Fall, to name a few. The San Diego based Canobliss on the other hand manages to creat  a distinct blend of cross genre newer modern metal that the genre has been missing. The band formed in 1997 and “Man Is The Enemy” marks the groups 3rd record with the same line up and 5th overall with different lineup.

The band’s diverse ethnicity reveals something interesting as it adds a layer of Spanish lyrics to the music cross-blending the metal parts in between with English vocals . A good example of this is the track “Derrama Tu Sangre” which in Spanish translates to “Spill Your Blood“. The carefully crafted build up in “Comatose” rises to a final confrontation of force as Maldonado probably laid down best vocal duties on this track. If aggressiveness is your thing, then you can’t stray too much away from “No Angel when the dual guitars kick in with a sledgehammering thunder. The fretboard is assaulted in “Zombie Parade”  with a sick rhythm riff that will have you jumping, great track the hardest and most grinding on the record.

The band has been described as “unique” and certainly that term applies here. The sound is modern metal and thrash but the lyrics are extremely smart and combined with their aggressive hooks makes for a headbanging experience. It does surprise me why they have not been signed to a big label yet as many other bands mediocrity gets acknowledged while bands like Canobliss take life on the road and spread the news the hard way.  Don’t say you didn’t hear it here, go check the band, recommended if your a metal fan.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys  9/10

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