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Practice sessions for El Monte-based Eenik can’t be fun. No way, no how. Thankfully for the viewing public, their extraordinary musicianship leaves us panting for more of their complex intensity.

With that said, these guys are freakin’ sharp. Immediate references to Tool and even Asian-tinged strings in “Passive Attack” make for a beautiful respite from the current trend of garage grunge and power chord simplicity. They even throw in a bit of Death Metal growling, if for just a second, before the guitar solo climbs and melds perfectly into the chorus.


“FM for Spearmint Children,” their most mellow song (if you can call it mellow), starts off in a tame mood, highlights some masterful bass work, and builds into Incubus-influenced drumming. Also on display in this tune is some great production work, with timely synth and vocal effects throughout.

The members of eEnik may not like this next comparison, but the third track on their myspace, “Lazerblasts and Lace,” reminded me of “From Your Mouth,” an electro-pop song from the late ‘90s by God Lives Underwater. There’s no doubt that musicians of Eenik’s caliber didn’t mean to sound like this act but. as consolation, the vocals sounded very similar to those on Mudvayne’s “Happy?” And again, the synth work was excellent.

Eenik is anything but static, spanning technicality a la Rush. ‘80s synth stylings with top-notch bass and vocals make for an all-around solid sound. They are definitely worth a listen, at one of their many shows in SoCal or on their website, which offers multiple videos and tracks. - http://www.knocksfromtheunderground.com/la-albums/


Discography

2004 - 2004 EP
2009 - Oddomatic

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Los Angeles-based future rock and metal band eENIK has announced the release of their album 'Oddomatic' on November 23rd. Ahead of the release, featured tracks 'Animals At Play' and 'Just For Men' have been made availble for streaming and download.

'Oddomatic' is a uniquely textured conquest of the once insurmountable gaps between grind, groove and lush. Mixed and mastered by Sergio Chavez at Maple Studios in Santa Ana, CA (MOTÖRHEAD, HELMET, FU MANCHU), this recording seeks 'to chart an oddysey through neon skyways while snapping the necks of unsuspecting crew and passengers'. 'Oddomatic' promises to deliver a next-generation aggression shot out of a rainbow howitzer.

Earlier this year, the band had colloborated with Japan-based producer and engineer Allen Issacs (MARTY FRIEDMAN, ULI JON ROTH) on tracks for a metal retropsective and a compilation for a popular Japanese animation series.

A hard-hitting sound, with strong melodies and musicianship, and otherworldly ethereal soundscapes makes eENIK a great band for fans of Incubus, the Mars Volta, Muse, and Faith No More. eENIK’s first full-length album ‘Oddomatic’ was released independently on Nov. 23rd, 2009 and is available for purchase through the band’s website www.eenik.com and myspace www.myspace.com/eenik.