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THE SPIRIT OF RADIO WEBZINE Review by Christina Ricciardi 
ENERTIA - Flashpoint 
Right off the bat, I have to give upstate New York's ENERTIA props for being one of the best unsigned bands I've ever had the pleasure of discovering. Since 1996, this band has been pounding away with a unique sound that immediately sets them apart from others of their genre by incorporating grinding riffs and groovy hooks into their power metal attack. Their songwriting skills and production are first-class, as well, displaying a finesse that is virtually unparalleled in the metal world. Flashpoint, Enertia's third independent CD, is easily their strongest release to date, and they waste no time letting the listener know that with the opening track "Victim of Thought." Enertia pulls out all the stops from the opening note, grabbing you by the throat and shaking you like a pitbull mauling a rabbit. The Joe Paciolla/Jeff Daley rhythm team is relentless, laying down a thick foundation of solid metal groove for the driving, crunchy guitar sounds of Dave Stafford and Roman
Singleton.

Individually, each player is superb, and together, these four are dangerous! Over all this is the earthy, raspy growl of Scott Featherstone. Scott's voice is somewhat different than that of the typical metal singer in that he doesn't try to impress with notes that only dogs can hear. This man sings forcibly and from the gut, and his emotive delivery makes you believe that he's experienced everything he's singing about. All at once, his is the rage-filled voice of a wounded soul crying out in pain and frustration and the voice inside us all that makes us believe in our own inner strength. As the CD progresses with tracks like "Leave Me In Peace" and "Real," the varying influences of each band member are evident. These guys kick it old school with shades of Judas Priest, grind like Life of Agony and stomp all over you like Pantera on acid. The guitar work on this CD is awesome, as well. Roman Singleton combines metal technique with a good sense of melody, creating a harmonious balance of flash and substance. Guitar hero in the making? Only time will tell. In short, power metal fans will be very pleased with Flashpoint, as well as Enertia's earlier releases, Law of Three and Momentum. Turn it up and fasten your seatbelt, and remember that you can't hold me responsible for the whiplash. 

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POWERPLAY MAGAZINE  issue 15 Review by Dave Cockett
ENERTIA 'Flashpoint' Animated Insanity Productions
A little known quintet from the US, Enertia are perhaps best described as a classic power metal band, and the explosive "Flashpoint" is their second album in three years, following on from 97's "Momentum". In recent years, this kind of straightforward driving, riff heavy metal has taken something of a backseat, but with the recent success of bands like Iron Saviour and Primal Fear, the tide seems to be swinging back again.

 For me, whilst most power metal bands these days are undoubtedly competent musicians, where most of them seem to stumble is in the vocal (or rather lack of it) department. In Scott Featherstone however, Enertia would appear to have solved this problem, as his surprisingly melodic delivery lifts their angst ridden set several notches clear of most of the chasing pack.

If "Painkiller" era Priest mixed with Vicious Rumors and maybe even a little Pantera is your bag, the tracks like "Victim of Thought", "Real" or "Without End" will definitely be up your street. The guitars weave some fairly complicated riff patterns from time to time (indicative of early iron Maiden) and the solos are sharp and incisive.

 Probably the most valid US counter argument to the current European leaders I've yet to hear.

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FEAST OR FAMINE MAGAZINE 2000 review by Matt Johnsen
Enertia-Flashpoint (independent) 
If there is a more professional, together band in the metal underground, I don't know them. Enertia is so tight and so focused, it's really a mystery that they haven't landed a deal yet. This is their third independent release and without doubt, their best. For an easy estimate of their sound, imagine mid-period Flotsam And Jetsam, but good. This comparison may haunt them, as they are definitely their own band with their own sound, but it's still pretty accurate and helpful to those who haven't heard them yet. Enertia's music is full of heavy grooves, but not in the idiotic Machine Head sort of way. This is intelligent and melodic music thats loaded with hooks and catchy as hell. Enertia are top notch songwriters, and all of these songs are immaculately composed: my favorites are the opener, "Victim Of Thought", with it's awesome bass groove, and the uptempo "Glitch", which features some excellent drumming. Vocalist, Scott Featherstone has an amazing voice; he tends to hang out in the middle, range-wise, but he can take it up there when he wants, and when he rolls out the rasp, look out! He is the natural focus of the songs, and his passionate delivery and powerful charisma certainly warrant the spotlight. You can also expect some top notch guitar solos from guitar player Roman Singleton, who is truly an impressive player. To top it all off, Flashpoint, like all Enertia discs, is produced to perfection. It is really miraculous how good their discs sound; they're the envy of 90% of all signed acts. Flashpoint is some seriously good shit, and if you haven't heard Enertia yet, you really don't know what you're missing. If you can see them live, do it, and if you don't have all their discs, get them, because this is one class act that deserves all the support they can get.

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ILL LITERATURE MAGAZINE 2000 review by Marco Barbieri
Enertia-Flashpoint (self-released) 
The latest release from upstate New York's Enertia has really grown on me with each repeated listen. While the band's previous output was commendable it's their new material which really stands out. Melding earlier progressive tendencies with a harder hitting assault and a greater grasp of infectious choruses makes songs like "Leave Me in Peace", "Without End" and "Victim of Thought" as standout tracks worthy of greater exposure. Scott Featherstone's strong vocal performance is a real highlight, and although his tone sounds familiar I can't quite place the reference. If the band continues writing in this direction making their future as immediate, yet still hammering then Enertia is a name we'll be hearing for quite some time. 

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OPEN UP AND SAY WEBZINE  2000 Review by Wes Royer
Enertia bill themselves as a "precision power metal band". Enough said! This is downright one of the most amazing U.S. metal bands around today. It's blasphemy that they aren't better known worldwide by now. "Flashpoint" is their third release, and is just as spectacular as their previous, both of which were end of the year Editor's picks in their respective release years here at "OUAS."

Enertia's first, an EP entitled "Law Of Three," introduced a progressively inclined metal act that wasn't afraid to keep it on the aggressive side. Their sophomore effort, "Momentum," turned everything upside down offering straight-ahead melodic, but highly aggressive and powerful metal. And yet again, Enertia have started over and redefined their sound with "Flashpoint."

I had met up with the band at a live show a year before the release of this album, and bassist Joe Paciolla warned me that this album would see the band branching out from the almost brutal sound of "Momentum" and bringing in some more experimental, progressive material for "Flashpoint." By the way, this band blew a freakin' hole in the ozone above the stage; just a jaw dropping performance! With that said and now done, this band hasn't simply proven they can do anything, and do it with success.

The songs on this album are no doubt the powerful, melodic metal you'd expect from this upstate New York five piece. The production is in your face. Paciolla and drummer Jeff Daley have laid down an impenetrable foundation for guitarists Dave Stafford and Roman Singleton to slap their crunching, Testament-esque twin guitaring upon. And then there is Scott Featherstone's vocals. Many bands in today's power and progressive metal genres are fronted by vocalists trying to hard to keep it clean and polished, reaching for that highest screaming note. In doing so, those bands lack one fundamental element: power. Featherstone's vocals are aggressive and up front, but do not sacrifice melody and the ability for a listener to understand what the hell he's singing without having to pop open the lyric sheet. Featherstone's voice is the perfect crossover voice, bridging the gap between hardcore and hard rock.

Every track on this disc jams with intensity, precision, intelligence, and melody. This has got to be one of the tightest playing bands in the biz, and this is their most structured and remarkable release to date. And did I mention that for an independent release the sonic quality of the mix is superior? You'll want to buy a new subwoofer for your stereo just to get the full effect.

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METAL INVADER MAGAZINE 2/2000 issue Review by Sakis Fraggos
ENERTIA - Flashpoint (Animated Insanity Productions)
In fact, this is Americans' ENERTIA second full-length release. Apart from ''Momentum'' they have also released the ''Law Of Three'' EP. I must remind you that the band has been introduced to you through their participation in a CD of the WARZONE series this summer with the song ''Ripped Out''(*). The music they are playing sounds like METALLICA and ICED EARTH but not in such a ''commercial'' way, if we can call the musical direction of such bands ''commercial''. They thrash in a beautiful manner once in a while that makes us nostalgic of the old times. Scott Featherstone's vocals still sound similar to Erik A.K.'s of FLOTSAM & JETSAM and their compositions, from the opening one ''Victim Of Thought'' to their last one ''Right To Die'', are mature and full of energy and passion. I dig groups like this one, that show that heavy metal is not a lost case in the USA.   (4 skulls out of 6)
 

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EUPHONY MUSIC NEWS  Summer 2000 issue Review by Kevin
Enertia-Flashpoint (1999 Animated Insanity Productions) Rating:9
Man, how do some of these indy bands get such KILLER productions?? Enertia has outdone many of the bigger bands with the mixing job on this slab of metallic craziness!! Taking a core of pure 80's thrash, Enertia has added the slightest groove touches on the first couple of tracks, from there, it's pure metal for the rest of the ride. If I had to pick a band that they sound like, it would be Flotsam and Jetsam, circa No Place For Disgrace; Scott Featherstone sounds like a more powerful version of Eric AK, and the guitarists wail like there's no tomorrow!! Fantastic drum and bass work keep the rhythm freaks happy as well. From track 3 through track 10, this is a minor masterpiece, and the first 2 tracks, while more modern sounding, are still catchy as hell. This should be in any 80's metal fan's collection, can't recommend this one enough!!

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BARCODE E-ZINE  4/2000  Review by Bjørnar Bevolden
US-based five-piece Enertia is out with their third album to date, titled Flashpoint. The band has been hard working promoting the band on the net  for some years now, and this is how I first heard about this band. Their last album, Momentum, seemed to be appreciated by many metal fans.

 Their new album offers 10 tracks of quality hard-hitting,  in-your-face-power metal. The dual guitar-work is great, up front and really powerful. Total riffomania! The bass is present and consistent, adding depth to the powerful sound. The drumming is of high quality as well, numerous time changes can be found. The mid-ranged, rusty vocals is good and  powerful. Vocalist Scott Featherstone certainly delivers.

This is power metal, raw and powerful, nicely adapted into the sound of the 90s. Most of the songs are of finest quality, while a few fall through as being slightly anonymous, lacking interesting melody-lines and choruses.  At their best, they are just as good as the biggest power metal bands around. The production is also very good for an indy release. 

There is no denying the obvious talent of this band as they are really competent musicians and good songwriters. Every die-hard power metal fan need to check this band out immediately. I really hope they can keep up the high quality of the best songs on this CD throughout a whole disc on their next release. Then we would be in for a killer! And please, to all labels, its about time this band is signed! Worth checking out!

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HARDRADIO  4/2000  Review by Martin Popoff
Enertia - Flashpoint (Animated Insanity)
Now three records in with an unchanged line-up to boot, New York's Enertia have crafted their best batch yet, Flashpoint being an esoteric collection of prog metallers which lean way into the carnal bite of Testament through Flotsam & Jetsam to a battered Nevermore core. A complaint I've always had with this band remains: their cold, mechanistic recording values, again something used deliberately by Nevermore, being of questionable deliberation here. But it works for such detailed riffs when they are placed on these slow, groovy, double bass barrages, all the while vocalist Scott Featherstone superstar wailing up top like Non Fiction's Alan Tecchio. Classy, classic traditional metal that sticks to the grim power end of power metal. But like I say, could use more production, specifically a few more layers. See www.animated-insanity.com/enertia.html or enertia@animated-insanity.com for more info.
     Rating 7.5

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UNDERGROUND METAL WEBZINE  3/2000  Review by Lefteris Evmorfopoulos
ENERTIA - Flashpoint (Animated Insanity Productions)
Here is a band that has been described by the local press here as a later FLOTSAM & JETSAM clone. I never was a F & J fan (in other words, I haven't listened much of their work) so I wouldn't know if such a characterization stands true. What I do know though, and what I can tell you for sure is that this u.s. quintet is playing a thrashoid kind of metal (yes I know there's not such a word as ''thrashoid''! but you get my meaning anyway!). It's a lighter shade of thrash metal music. It's HEAVY heavy metal. I can't explain it better. The guitars are heavy as hell but definitely without the ultra fast riffing we are used to. Wait a minute! I got it! Think... mid-tempo thrash! Yes! That's It! Sometimes it's groovy, sometimes it's kinda violent but generally doesn't get on the extreme side of either kind of metal (call it thrash or power or classic heavy or whatever). There are no ballads here. Even their love song is actually a love / hate song and it's powerful all right. Sean Featherstone has a beautiful voice and the vocal lines are well worked on, but if I judge by some recent photos I have in my hands, he has performed the cardinal sin. HE CUT HIS HAIR SHORT! GROW IT BACK LONG YOU PUNK!!!!  ;-)>
(this message has been a social offer by ''welcome to underground metal'').
Back to the music, the bass guitar is thankfully loud enough (so I just can't get enough of a bass guitar, so what?) and the drumming is  really dynamic. To be honest with you, ''FLASHPOINT'' is not an ''easy'' record. Its definitely not cliché song writing makes it important that you listen to it more than once in order for the songs to catch on. I have no idea if this is a good or a bad thing. Morally and acoustically speaking it's a VERY good, respectful and admirable thing. You know...not following trends and playing the music they want to play. However such an approach usually hurts sales and it's difficult to make a fan out of an inexperienced listener. The presence of one or two  ''hit'' songs that would stick in your brain with just one listen and make you want to whistle its tune, would probably be the material that would make ENERTIA's recipe work! ''Leave Me In Peace'' is the song that best approaches this idea.

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DETRITUS ROCK / METAL E-ZINE Review by Tim Wadzinski
ENERTIA - FLASHPOINT (B) indie, 1999
This is Enertia's third release, following 1996's LAW OF THREE and 1997's MOMENTUM. For me, FLASHPOINT ended up being sort of a grower. A lack of hooks kept me from appreciating things at first, but these guys have the chops and are worth your attention if you're at all into what I call "precision power metal." They use a lot of time changes in these 10 songs, but Mercyful Fate they're not. (Although some Fate-ish riffs do actually pop up in "Glitch" and "Real." Go figure.) Things seem to be a little more rhythmically oriented this time out, in that a lot of the riffs kind of methodically pound away at your ears. This and the aforementioned lack of hooks usually will cause me to tune out, but Enertia are too good for that. Guitarists Dave Stafford and Roman Singleton fire off all manner of flashy bits, riffs, and licks, vocalist Scott Featherstone's singing is just as powerful and engaging as on the first two releases, and the rhythm section of Joe Paciolla (bass) and Jeff Daley (drums) aren't just hidden in the background; they do their parts to keep things interesting. Some of FLASHPOINT's songs are a little too overall mid-tempo for my taste, but by the same token there are no duff tracks. Things pick up steam towards the end, with the closing trilogy of "Without End," "What Hurts Me...", and "Right To Die" being three of the best songs here. I dunno... Maybe I'd be pushed over the top to an "A" grade if some of the numeous time changes were streamlined a little bit, to make things more digestable?

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SNAKEPIT MAGAZINE Issue #4 Review by Heinz Konzett
ENERTIA - Momentum (self financed)
This New York based band proves again that the American underground metal scene is still able to deliver good music. The production sounds really awesome for a self financed album, all the instruments can be heard in the right way. The music is a blend of US metal in the vein of METAL CHURCH and a heavier thrash metal style with some PANTERA riffs in their better "Cowboys From Hell" times. The vocalist, Scott Featherstone sings excellent, comparable to METAL CHURCH's ex singer, Mike Howe. all in all, I am impressed about the song's quality and heaviness in combination with their musicianship. The eight songs are all well played and enjoyable to listen to, even featuring two killer tunes with  "Dear God" & "Weight Of The World". I wonder why a record company haven't signed this band yet, but outstanding music seems to be no criterion in these days. Check out this band!

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THE GLASS EYE MAGAZINE  1999 Review by Keith Bergman
ENERTIA - Momentum
The short version - if you're into modern-day American power metal, especially Flotsam and Jetsam, check these guys out as soon as possible. Vocalist Scott Featherstone sounds more like Flotsam's Eric A.K. than the man does himself these days. and the rest of the band is rock-solid tight, not to mention full of huge, simple and monumental songs. And for an unsigned band, the production here is stellar - this could easily be a Metal Blade or Century Media release, no problem. So why haven't these guys been picked up yet? "Six Weeks" is the highlight of this eight song slab of metal might, but there is not a bad tack to be had here.

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UNDERGROUND ZINE SCENE Review by John Ridge
Enertia-Momentum Rating: 10
The is the 2nd release from Enertia and in just 4 weeks this has sold 400 copies and will sell lots more before all is said and done. This is more great metal from the New York ,. Every song on here was just killer and my personal favorite was Sever the Wicked which featured some blistering guitar work. Enertia has drawn upon influence that range from Pantera, Dream Theater, Flotsam and Jetsam and Nevermore to create it's own unique brand of metal. Enertia are all excellent musicians and Scott Featherstone has an incredible voice. Together they pose a formidable band to be reckoned with. This is power Metal at it finest. Add This to the list of must have CD’s $11 ppd. [c/o Joe Paciolla, PO Box 687, Gloversville, NY 12078]

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OPEN UP AND SAY WEBZINE  1997 Review by Wes Royer
ENERTIA "Momentum" 1997 Animated Insanity Music (33:22) A+
(1) Ripped Out (2) Dear God (3) And So You Fall (4) Six Weeks (5) Weight Of The World (6) You Know (7) Sever The Wicked (8) Walls Last year, Enertia released what I considered one of the top 10 CDs of the year; so, is it possible to continue that status onto their sophomore effort? Yes, yes indeed! truthfully, when the first headbanger "Ripped Out" came on, I wasn't sure about their slightly new sound; but, it only took a closer listen to understand what a great purchase I had made. With shorter, heavier, less progressive tracks presented on this second Enertia effort, make no mistake about it - these five have got it where it counts. Scott Featherstone's vox are immense with power yet melody, and Jeff Daily's drum work is tight and original. And if you don't think the other band mates can keep up, take one listen to the instrumental "Sever The Wicked". I really can't say much more, except that is you like hard-hitting yet melodic metal, YOU NEED THIS.

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION   11/97 Review by Lauren Bouquet
ENERTIA -  MOMENTUM At first, as soon as the first song began, i can say that I'm literally convinced that Enertia has got an incredible potential. The sound owns a rare perfection & the band can compete with the best one in this style of melodic power metal (with progressive touches). Musicians own an impressive technical level. Guitarists have a great fluidity in solos & rhythmic parts are very powerful. Drummer & bassist are really complementary musicians. The singer also plays at a high level of quality & inspiration : at the same time, powerful & melodic. He's got a real charisma & the tone of his voice is very original. Musical area of Enertia is very innovative like the break of "weight of the world" for example. Each song has got its particularity that made it indispensable. It can come from guitarists ("& so you fall"), from bassist ("Dear God", " Weight of the world") , from the drummer ( break of "& so you fall"), from the singer, ... Even if the band has got evident melodic quality & musicianship , Enertia stays powerful. There's no dead time during this album. & more over , they made great arrangements in songs like in "Six Weeks" which is a very contrasted song with the blend of clean & distorted guitars. The work on solos is exceptional, full of dexterity, fluidity & subtlety. This is something really difficult to do & it proves that Enertia controls its technical level & that their not its prisoner like several prog metal bands. To resume, Enertia releases a masterpiece that outdoes lots of underground & famous metal bands by its technical qualities, its ability to compose & musicianship. "Momentum" is definitely a must have. Their potential is incredible for such a young band. They bring a new dimension in heavy metal & they'll probably & soon become a major bands in metal area. A indispensable & breathtaking album!!!

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THE KOFFIN WEBZINE #20 11/97 Review by Glenn Watson
ENERTIA - "Momentum"
As you all have probably now know there's a band out there in cyberspace that comes from Albany, New York by the name of Enertia. In the summer of '96 they released their debut e.p called "The Law of Three" which was some of the best  power metal of that year and I didn't think they could get any better after hearing such classics such as "The Mirror" and "Child Now Lost" until, they proved me wrong with Momentum, their latest full length release. This album has everything you could possibly want from a power metal band out of the states. It has crunchy rhythms, speed, powerful and melodic vocals with plenty of time changes and a touch of momentum. Songs like "Ripped Out", "And So You fall", "You Know" and "Six Weeks" are what makes the album so perfect and classy. You just don't hear riffs and vocals like these anymore, and ENERTIA has the balls to take the music to the limit. For fans of FLOTSAM & JETSAM/ NEVERMORE / ANTHRAX etc... check out Enertia. ~9 bites on the neck

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THE SOUNDS OF METAL Review by Sean Jennings
ENERTIA - MOMENTUM
Having gained some attention with their last effort ‘Law of Three,’ Enertia’s latest release ‘Momentum’ is a solid sophomore release. As I'm listening to the CD, words like power, crunch, chunk and riff happy slam into my head like a concussion suffered by Steve Young. This band has a killer, heavy sound that is both 80’s and 90’s sounding all at once. From the onset of the first song ‘Ripped Out,’ your ears are left blistered and bleeding from the powerful sound this band forces upon you. Vocalist Scott Featherstone is anything but lightweight. He sings with a power and passion somewhat reminiscent of Flotsam and Jetsam’s singer. Heavy riffing and ripping solos are handled by the team of Roman Singleton and Dave Stafford, each pounding his guitar straight into your head. The rhythm section of bassist Joe Paciolla and Jeff Daily round out this band with a thunderous force that keeps the entire band focused. Check out the instrumental ‘Sever the Wicked’ which shreds with excellent tandem playing, smooth trade offs, and a driving beat. I also love the jazzy, progressive sections the band throws in on ‘Weight of the World’ and ‘You Know’. Power and diversity is an excellent combination to me. I have to admit that Enertia’s sound is not groundbreaking, but it is very good metal served up amongst a sea of 311 wannabe’s. It would be really nice to see the band throw in the power riffing and crunch from ‘Momentum’ and add some longer songs with more progressive elements. However, if Enertia never added anything new and played this same style of metal forever, we would still be the better for it. I know Joe actively promotes the band on the Internet, which will only help gain more attention for this quintet. Fans of Flotsam and Jetsam and maybe Pantera should definitely check this CD out.

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THE METAL ZONE Review by Vasilis
This is the first full length CD for the Enertia. The CD opens with  "Ripped Out" a song with a  killer riff. The second "Dear God" is one of my favorites from this CD. It has a refrain that sticks in your mind, excellent. Next one "And so you fall" is a typical heavy metal song enough powerful. "Six Weeks" starts slowly but after few seconds it's going faster, not something special. "Weight Of The World" and "You Know" are  two power metal songs with  great riffs. And then my favorite one from this album "Sever The Wicked" an instrumental song that i love it from the first time i heard  it. Great solos , killer riff and many changes ....i can't describe it. You have to hear this song to understand what I mean. The last one "Walls" it isn't something special, not bad but indifferent . The band is together less than 2 years but kills! They have an excellent sound and very good songs. They are all great and technical musicians and the singer is exactly what this band needs. I think that we have to wait great thing from this band to the future. If you like power metal this CD is recommended.

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OPEN UP AND SAY WEBZINE 1996 Review by Wes Royer
ENERTIA "Law Of Three" 1996 Animated Insanity Music (25:29) A+
(1) The Mirror (2) Child Now Lost (3) I Know Your Demons (4) Same Old Story (5) If I Were You featuring: Scott Featherstone [vox], Roman Singleton/Dave Stafford [guitars], Joe Paciolla [bass], Jeff Daley [drums] *contact: Enertia Fans of prog and/or metal, take note of this release. Within the first 30 seconds this CD had me banging my head with delight. Much in the style of later Metal Church (thrashy but smart metal with touches of prog) mixed with some Euro-metal sounds, but with a refreshingly original sound. Scott Featherstone's vocals are aggressive yet crisp, clear, & talented; there's authority coming from his chords! And speaking of authority; Jeff Daley's drum work is immense and solid. Each song stands on its own; every track making this a must buy release. Is this the future of the metal genre... I HOPE SO! Melody Successfully blended with rich vocals, flowing guitars, tight drums, & intelligent lyrics... another BUY IT!

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HIGH VOLTAGE RADIO-OSLO,NORWAY Review by Curt Sigurdsen
ENERTIA has the balls to go places others only dreams about. This is a young band. Their self financed CD Law Of Three was released in 1996, just 6 months after the band was formed. Despite this fact, the band sounds very mature. Style wise, these guys are basically a Power Metal band, but their nifty rhythm changes brings my mind to some serious Prog. Metal vibes. They have covered all the musical/instrumental /songwriting bases with an authority you normally only find in bands that has been around for ages. The first track The Mirror pins you down with its hard edged riff, and the eminent vocals delivered by Scott sets the standard. 3 minutes into the track, a short, but oh so excellent guitar solo should draw the attention from the most sophisticated orientated
guitar freak around. Track two, Child Now Lost opens with some punchy bass lines and drums. The mood has changed into a more grave pattern. No wonder, the song deals with child abuse. It's a strong track with a serious message attached. Third out is I Know Your Demons. This track is quite different from the two previous ones. There's a weird beat to it, kind of psychotic madness. Well, I guess it has to be, cause it deals with the mind of a serial killer. The rhythm changes all the time, and the music suits the lyrical theme perfectly. Next stop is Same Old Story. It opens with some tasty bass lines, before the guitars joins in. The vibe is Prog. Metalish. My head is swinging!!! The last track, If I Were You, is the CDs definitive Progressive track. On this one, Joe really
work his bass to the limits. ENERTIA are a living proof of the growing interest for True Metal that's coming on. Law Of Three is one of the best self financed CDs I've heard in ages. I bet these guys has signed a deal before 1998. If not, it will be the record companies sorry asses. Get a copy of this CD and be amazed. The best news is that they are releasing their first full time CD Momentum July 8th.

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ILL LITERATURE ISSUE #13  Review by Marco Barbieri
ENERTIA - LAW OF THREE
ENERTIA haven't been together long, having recorded this demo CD six months after their origin, but their display of talent and professionalism is obvious. While their sound is familiar, it is well executed as the quintet stand their ground for progressive metal. Highly reminiscent of Flotsam & Jetsam, mainly in the vocal timbre of Scott Featherstone, this act also bridges the gap between lightly textured endeavors and more melodic speed or power metal. Unfortunately ENERTIA never gets too adventurous  on the five tracks offered but their style is that of the better of these lost breeds.

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ARTIFACT METAL ZINE  ISSUE #4  Review by Jason Goh
ENERTIA -  Law of Three (Independent)
This is a five song EP which presents lots of promise in the band. This band sounds like a great rebirth of the original WRATHCHILD AMERICA though driving home a much harder attack than its predecessor. Furthermore, I'm highly impressed by the production and overall packaging of the disc, granted that it was an independent effort. The EP kick starts with the riffy "The Mirror". Lots of cool rhythms (get me my air guitar!) make this song an excellent opener. Vocal-wise, vocalist Scott Featherstone sounds good for Enertia's brand of music. In fact, the whole band is a compatible amalgam of musicians which result in a very complete musical output. In short, they sound great! The second track, "Child Now Lost" starts off with a cool bass solo that flows right into the song soon augmented by dual lead guitars. The verses themselves have an uncanny catch to them which makes this song a great track to listen to. The chorus is slightly dull however, but the verses and the great bridge compensates to make this an above average song. "I Know Your Demons" is probably the track which deviates most from their musical style. It's about a psychopath murderer (I think) and the song really sounds like there's a madman on the loose and prowling for his next victim. Pretty cool feel. On the whole, it's pretty difficult to categorize a band like Enertia. They are neither thrash nor heavy metal. However, interesting songs are what they deliver and this album would do fine in any metal head's collection. Other Metal Chart Rating : 7.5

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SFK NEWSLETTER 12/15/96  Review by Tim Wadzinski
ENERTIA - LAW OF THREE (indie 1996)
These guys are cool.  Although they're described as a "progressive metal" band I'd say they just play heavy metal with a lot of tempo changes.  But by no means is this a knock!  This 5 song EP is brimming with great melodic playing. Each of the tracks, "The Mirror", "Child Now Lost", "I Know Your Demons", "Same Old Story", and "If  I Were You" is quite good.  Aside from the vocals the production is particularly crisp--the cymbals, bass, and lead guitar all sound killer. Some of the songs have quirky parts--the sing songy guitar part in "Child", the overall bouncy feel to "Demons"-- but they help color the songs rather than detract from them.  If you like a good mosh every now and then and you're a fan of melodic, crunchy bands like Anthrax, Annihilator, and Scatterbrain, you need to keep an eye out for Enertia.

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HALF CREEPER NEWSLETTER  12/96  Review by Paul Autry
Enertia "Law of Three"
This is a band I recently hooked up with & I'm already a huge fan. "Law of Three" is the title of their five song CD that's sure to make waves in the music industry. In my opinion, people seem to have forgotten what original metal is all about. Well, if that's the case, Enertia is gonna give you all a lesson you won't soon forget. When I listen to this CD, I have visions of Queensryche, Metallica & Iron Maiden. Great technical players, yet, extremely intense & full of raw power. If the harder edged 80's bands would've evolved into the 90's without falling victim to "alterna-crap" or industrial, this is the sound we might have gotten. The five songs on this CD are tremors. A full length release is gonna be an all out earthquake with massive destruction!

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GAJOOB MAGAZINE  DIY REPORT #42  Review by Brian Baker
 Enertia -  Law of Three
 REVIEW: This quintet has been together just eight months and is already creating a  buzz around the Albany, NY, region in a market saturated with alternative and hard-core  bands -- their debut is a refreshing punch in the gut, featuring the excellent dual guitar  work of Dave Stafford and Roman Singleton and Scott Featherstone's powerful vocals.  A strong combination of old school arena metal and modern gloom core with all the  elements firmly in place. While the songs should get stronger with time, this is a band to  definitely watch out for. RATING: 7.

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ASCENDENT STRAINS  ISSUE #6  Review by Craig Wisnom
ENERTIA-Law of Three
This Compact Disc is five songs of good, direct American heavy metal, tinged with a touch of thrash. Nice, biting, and crunchy riffs, but plenty of melody, and memorable choruses, good, solid vocal performance, done with confidence, somewhat in the style of Erik AK. The band has just a hint of more modern influences, enough to keep it fresh, but not enough to bog it down in today's metallic monotony. The disc is professionally presented, has a nice production, and is all around solid heavy metal.

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BANDS ON THE RUN-UNSIGNED BANDS UNCOVERED  Review by Gina Achord
Enertia- Law of Three
This band from New York rocks! Their 5 trx cd begins with "The Mirror". Their singer Scott Featherstone's vocals remind me a bit of Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. Hard driving guitar riffs and pumping rhythms of drums make a good combo. All their songs are great, my favorite track would have to be "Child Now Lost". Great hard driving metal. Be sure to go to Enertia web site to find out more about this band!

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HEADY METAL:REVIEWS  Review by Corey Mckenzie
Law of Three is significantly heavier than most of what I listen to which makes
it a bit difficult for me to review. "The Mirror" starts the CD off with power  chords and sets the tone for the remainder of the CD. "Child Now Lost"  begins with a cool bass intro, then adds drums and finally guitar making a great   minute of music. This is my favorite song on the CD. "I Know Your Demons"   reminds me of the Suicidal Tendencies song about not going down with the ship (I don't remember the song title). "Same Old Story" has a great groove  (which isn't common in a song this heavy). "If I Were You" ends the CD with  probably the most progressive song of the five.

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MAD MOSHERS REVIEW PAGE  Review by the Mad Mosher
Album: Law Of Three
Artist: Enertia
Label: Animated Insanity
Description: Power Metal
Enertia are a band from upstate New York, and this is their first album. It's a 5 track CD and available from them, and I'd like to thank them for sending a copy all the way over here! Joe Paciolla (bassist) cites the bands influences as including Flotsam & Jetsam (ah, memories), Pantera, Dream Theater, Armored Saint and Galactic Cowboys. Faint tinges of these can be heard if you listen, but Enertia do have their own style and way of twisting the sounds together. Above all, they are a metal band and they certainly sound it. Simple crunchy riffs introduce most songs, which then turn into solid rhythms. The drums pound nicely and aren't buried at the back. You can even hear the bass, which makes a pleasant change on a CD. Scott Featherstone's lead vocals are great - he's got a good range; from shouts to 'real' singing. I think what makes this CD stand out (aside from the great songs) is the production. OK, so there are only 5 tracks (a shame), but they are varied and a lot of work has obviously been done on them making them a pleasure to listen to.
OK, so what sort of range am I talking about here? My favorite's track 3, I Know Your Demons. The vocals on this one are reminiscent of older Anthrax while the music's more like recent material from the same band. Heavy yet melodic. The opener, The Mirror has lyrics which are more 'sung' than any other track, but still has a rhythm you can nod your head to. The final track, If I Were You opens with a riff that wouldn't be out of  place amongst Slayer's slower, heavier material. At the price, I'd certainly recommend picking this up. The band could well be onto something and these CDs could be worth a bit in a couple of years. They've already managed to shift 850+ of them and without a major company behind you, that's one hell of an achievement.

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SCREAM MAGAZINE  ISSUE #32  Review by Frode Oien
 ENERTIA - "Law Of Three"
 Animated Insanity
 4 pts out of 6pts
 I'm not sure if this band wants to sound progressive, or if it's just an accident that they do. My bet is that they're a basic heavy metal band with some spicy prog - stuff included. This album is quite good, actually...

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TRACKS MAGAZINE   Review by Gary Starta
ENERTIA
LAW OF THREE
****
Each song on this EP adventurously takes you on metal rock side roads. From harmony grooves, to punches & rolls, this band's variations makes one hope for a full length label release soon.

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ETERNAL JAM MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 1996   Review by Lori Powers
ENERTIA
Law Of Three
Now if you're looking for something a little heavier, you need to check out this band. The CD contains 5 hard rockin' tracks. I find reviewing this to be a difficult job because I couldn't say enough great things about this band. They haven't been together a year yet, but you could never tell. They have such a tight, well put together sound that you'd swear they've been together much longer. Though i hate classifications, ENERTIA  would definitely be considered a power metal band. The lyrics on this album are more dark & deep than the last  CD I reviewed. For example, "Child Now Lost" deals w/ child abuse. "Abused for selfish pleasure/twisted shambles of my mind/too ashamed to counterattack/killing you would be too kind/try and keep you in my past but my vengeance remains intact/I've been scarred for eternity because of your heinous act."
"I Know Your Demons" is about a serial killer - "Hey you've made the evening news and Time magazine/press knows you as Dr death, your crimes are so obscene/been inside this head so long I know you'll see the light/its no sin this waste of skin, you'll mutilate tonight". This CD is filled with killer lyrics, killer guitar riffs and killer melodies! You want it heavy...ENERTIA's got it!!! Now get yourself a copy!

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KOLLNOTT NEWSLETTER 8/97 Review by Jon Kollnot
ENERTIA: Law of Three (Indy) ***.5 (Highlights: “I Know Your Demons,” “If I Were You”) > First comment—fabulous production and package! Law of Three is one of the most professional indy CDs of late, with sparkling sound and tasteful cover art. Now for the music, Enertia is a basic power metal band from Albany, New York. This band has received quite a buzz as a powerful prog./ power metal outfit, but the five songs on this disc are standard heavy metal, nothing too technical or complex. The first two songs, “The Mirror” and the title track simply fall flat, lacking interesting rhythms or catchy vocal lines to make them interesting. But on “I Know Your Demons” ENERTIA hit the mark, adding exciting tempo changes and a driving pulse to get the fists pumping. From then on the CD doesn't let up, recalling the straight-forward metal of early Anthrax and Armored Saint. One final note: vocalist Scott Featherstone could pass for Flotsam’s Erik A.K., minus the shrieking.

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