Frank's Enemy - _Illumination_
(Cling, 1998)
by: Alex Cantwell (7 out of 10)
I was really hoping that I could give this a higher rating, as my expectancy level was high for this release after thoroughly enjoying 1997's _Neoblasphemies_. The production holds this release back quite a bit, with songs mastered at different volumes, and some of the guitar tones sounding like they were recorded inside a tunnel. The all-out grind songs are just killer, played with an aggressiveness and level of obscurity that only Julio Rey (guitar/vocals) could create. Unfortunately, there are too many filler tracks which are not grind, including the grind-infused punk songs that bassist Marc shouts over. Overall, _Illumination_ does provide a fun listen. You know you're in for a good time when the first track "Codebasher" starts off with a samba beat and horns, only to be interrupted by a full-on grind assault -- bbbbllllaaaaaaaaaeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhh!!!

Contact: Frank's Enemy, P.O. Box 523899, Miami, FL 33152-3899, USA

(article published 16/1/1999)

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