Our Last Enemy

It would be almost too easy to classify Australia’s Our Last Enemy as an “industrial metal band.” While that’s an accurate description of the band, it’s oversimplified, since Our Last Enemy are so much more than the sum of their base parts.

Our Last Enemy make music that’s akin to a soundtrack or mix tape designed for surviving and navigating an apocalyptic wasteland. There’s a machine-like grinding of guitars and shrieking synth lines –many of which sound like they were designed expressly for a horror movie—that populate their songs. Our Last Enemy’s music is dark, it’s heavy and it will grab you by the scruff of your neck and hurl you around a room. And that’s just how most fans of aggressive music like it.

They’ve stepped into the spotlight and the forefront with their newest full-length album, Pariah.

For this album, Our Last Enemy relocated to L.A. to record with Christian Olde Wolbers, formerly of Fear Factory, a like-minded, kindred spirit. The band moved in with the bassist and producer, recording at Temple studios, once owned by members of Fleetwood Mac and currently co-owned by Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Raymond Herrera of Fear Factory fame.

On the technical side of things, working with Wolbers was of particular significance for the band, as he brought a wealth of experience along with his professional perspective and opinion. He also brought a piece of metal history.

Thematically, Pariah has a loose concept threaded throughout. The Pariah “is this unlucky person who seems to be continually reborn at the center of times crisis or upheaval, whether they are there as witness or catalyst.” The Pariah appears multiple times throughout the record and some of the tracks are penned from his point of view or from the perspective of those around him.

Sonically, Pariah is the truest representation of the band. Songs like “Wolves of Perigord” leave a mark, thanks to the scarring sound and rich lyrical narrative. “This song was a product of our fascination with different animal fights and attacks on YouTube,” the band said about the curious subject. “We came across a story of a pack of wolves that plagued a place in northern France called Perigord, which no longer exists. In 1766, wolves killed 18 people in one month and injured more. Louis XV even wanted them dead, and put out a reward for anyone that could kill them. The wolves were eventually killed one by one.”

The music for this song was painful to construct, but like any pursuit in life, no pain, no gain. “We wanted to really push this one,” Matt said. “We kept pushing the BPMs up to where Bizz and I were calling it ‘Arm Pain’ as its working title. When we were writing it, doing those same riffs over and over again took a toll on our arms. Although we wanted this to be a brutal, in-your-face track, we also wanted to keep a groove to it, and give the track some atmosphere and let it ‘breathe.’ We got that with the rhythm of our triple picking and the sounds of keyboards, which almost have a movie-like quality to them.”

“Devour the Sun” is impact, barreling over the listener like a freight train — literally! The drums and guitars were purposely arranged to mimic the sound of an oncoming train. There is also a nod to Psycho that astute fans will be able trace and pick up on.

Clearly, Our Last Enemy’s music is skillfully crafted, which makes it powerful and immediate, while the stories and subjects contained within require the listener’s undivided attention.

Their music is also the product of multiple, and at times, disparate influences, which leads them to create a wholly unique end product and sound. They don’t simply put one or two riffs under a drum loop. That would be too easy. And nothing about Our Last Enemy is easy or simple. They carefully craft the type of hard rock that can cause tectonic plates to shift, while maintaining an artful bend. They also like to rip your head clean off your neck. That’s not easy to do, but nothing worth creating or listening to in life is easy.

Watch the official music video for “Devour The Sun” courtesy of Eclipse Records