The metalcore scene is one that isn’t going to go away and it’s going to keep throwing up bands like Annisokay who, while they don’t do anything drastically different, have enough about them to warrant a listen or two. World beaters? No. A good solid band with enough songs to warrant a listen or two if they appear on your Spotify playlist or at a gig? Absolutely.

Hailing from Germany, Annisokay steer their sound more towards the melodic end of the metalcore blueprint and it’s the moments where they go towards the cleaner sound that really stick out on the album. Moments like “Life Cycles” or the soaring “Snowblind” are definitely some of the more memorable, standout tracks on Enigmatic Smile whereas, the rest of the album, when they throwdown the out-of-the-textbook, choppy metalcore stuff that we’ve all heard a million times before, tends to just fly by without much impact. It’s not bad but, by the same token, it’s not genre-defining – it’s just textbook stuff that doesn’t really offer up anything to really make this album stand out from the pack.

Having listened to Enigmatic Smile a few times now, it has to be said that the band have got the balance of clean melodic stuff and hard, crunchy mosh pit metal just right. It’s just a pity that it’s now 2015 and there is so much of this sort of stuff around that bands are going to have to try a lot harder if they want to make the metalcore weary public sit up and go “wow!”

Track Listing:

01. Carry Me Away
02. Naked City
03. Snowblind
04. Panic Attack
05. Wolves In The Walls
06. Fragile Line
07. Traveler
08. Life Cycles
09. Fame
10. New Autumn Light
11. What Is Left

Run Time: 43:11
Release Date: March 23, 2015

Check out the video for “Carry Me Away” here.


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.