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Frank’s Enemy

Grindcore / Hardcore / Death Metal
Miami, Florida, USA

Frank's Enemy started as a one-man project with Julio Rey recording some songs on his 4-track with his drum machine in 1990-1991 (as Julio's previous band, The Lead, was in its final stages), and putting the results up for sale in newsletters. One thing led to another, and Julio met Marc Golob when looking for a bassist for another project called Global Warning in late 1991. Global Warning was destined for failure due to inability to make schedules mesh. Julio asked Marc a) would he be willing to play the material on the demos b) did he know a thrash drummer. The answers were a) Yes b) Yes, Alex A. So Frank's Enemy started, and had been going strong since 1992.

The ride ended in December 1997 as Julio and Alex played their last show with the band. Julio retired to start a family and Alex left to get married.

Marc intended to continue with the band, along with new drummer Ben Thacker (who filled in for Alex on the January 1997 tour). An attempt at a new lineup in early 1998, with Jed Brewer on keyboards and Sprite on guitar, failed to click after several rehearsals and one gig.

Since then, Frank's Enemy has reverted to a one-man Julio Rey project, with the 2002 release of the Enraged EP online.

Julio Rey also particpated or led other bands such as Genesis 1-1, Disciple, The Visitors, King James and the Concordances, C'est Posible, and Loogie Soup.

Discography

1992 Final Absolution
1992 Atrocities Not Silent
1993 Qoheleth Not Silent
1994 Frank's Enemy Not Silent
1995 3 Live Cuts + Interview Not Silent
1996 Neoblasphemies Cling Recordings
1998 Illumination Cling Recordings
2002 Enraged Not Silent

Final Absolution

1992 Independent

  1. Destroy
  2. Under My Flag
  3. Things Don't Work Out
  4. Final Absolution
  5. Psychic Pain
  6. Friends in the Skies
  7. Acts of Love
  8. The Human Reich

Atrocities

1992 Not Silent (NS2)

  1. Cry for the Waste (3:13)
  2. Me vs. God (1:16)
  3. Broken Again (2:16)
  4. Tonges (3:50)
  5. Never Be the Same (4:39)
  6. John the Baptist Revisited (1:58)
  7. Moby-Dick #3 (1:42)
  8. Enemies in the Faith (2:11)
  9. This House (4:09)
  10. I Love You (2:52)
  11. Temptation Game (4:20)
  12. Out to Pasture (2:45)
  13. Dysfunctional (1:32)
  14. Another Liberation (3:01)
  15. Coda (2:57)
  16. Epitaph (3:16)

Qoheleth

1993 Not Silent (NS5)

Julio Rey – Guitar, Lead vocals
Marc Golob – Bass, vocals
Alex A – Drums

  1. Link Line
  2. Man, You Made a Lonely World
  3. You are God
  4. Reasons to Say No
  5. Destroy
  6. I Think
  7. We're Recording Ourselves

Frank's Enemy

1994 Not Silent (NS7)

Julio Rey - Vocals, guitars
Marc Golob - Bass, vocals
Alex A - Drums, vocals

  1. Link Line (2:36)
  2. Things Don't Work Out (6:09)
  3. Destroy (4:54)
  4. Acts of Love (6:52)
  5. Judas (5:39)
  6. Psychic Pain (5:58)
  7. You Are God (3:38)
  8. Man, You Made A Lonely World (7:48)
  9. Reasons to Say No (14:39)

The cassette version contains a short version of “Reasons to Say No” (3:07), while adding a live cover of The Lead's “Religion No Rite” (2:36).

“Epic arrangements, over-the-top stylistic juxtapositions, out-of-control blastbeats and slapping bass and 78 RPM guitar solos coupled with passionately pathologically reactionary lyrics.”


3 Live Cuts + Interview

1995 Not Silent

  1. Kill Satan Mosh (The Lead cover)
  2. Question What Authority? (The Lead cover)
  3. One Step Ahead
  4. Interview

Neoblasphemies

1996 Cling Recordings (D-001)

Julio Rey - Guitar, vocals
Marc Golob - Bass, vocals
Alex A - Drums

  1. I Think (3:01)
  2. Human Reich (4:39)
  3. Imbecile Factory (2:07)
  4. Cannibalized (2:00)
  5. Uncalled For (3:04)
  6. Torturer (2:09)
  7. Inevitable (2:28)
  8. Cauldron (2:56)
  9. Hanging On A Tree (2:24)
  10. In Answer (7:32)
  11. Stephen Hawking Walked Away (4:33)

“The 1996 opus features nine blisteringly brief bursts that run together and run the gamut from grindcore to groovecore – but without losing the songcraft in the process.

They're bookended by a classically-flavored introduction (with female lead vocals by an actual singer) and an epic doom metal closer featuring synths segueing into a complete left-field turn into funk territory.

The Christian's alienation from society is the common lyrical theme throughout, right up to the eschatological escape hatch at the very end.”


Illumination

1998 Cling Recordings (D-005)

Julio Rey - Guitar, vocals
Marc Golob - Bass, vocals
Alex A - Drums

Gus Mayorga - Trumpet
Chris Dauphin - Synths
Sprite - Viola
Jason Mendelson - 6-string bass, upright bass

  1. Frankskanemy!/Codebasher (3:30)
  2. Face to Face Again (3:00)
  3. Dysfunctional (1:31)
  4. Friends in the Skies (7:29)
  5. John the Baptist Revisited (1:46)
  6. My Night Alone (3:08)
  7. Ashes (1:53)
  8. Lamento (3:58)
  9. Frank's Enemy Metro (7:52)
  10. Straight Up Down (2:11)
  11. Nothing Changed (1:59)
  12. One for Them (2:45)
  13. Antigod (2:32)
  14. Another Liberation (3:22)
  15. Serenity (2:36)

“This was Frank's Enemy's “White-Album-Sandinista” recording, with its eclecticism matched only by its lunacy and its steadfast DIY production ethos spearheaded by bassist/producer Marc Golob's love of the low frequencies and drum triggers.

The grindcore quota is fulfilled as per usual, accompanied by an uptick in hardcore, rapcore and thrash moments. Top it all off with touches of ska, techno, piano balladry and acoustic jazz. With lyrics of loss, personal darkness and finally… a redemption.”


Enraged

2002 Not Silent

  1. Enraged (2:55)
  2. Tony Montana (3:27)
  3. New York Hate of Mind (3:09)
  4. Sick to Myself (1:24)
  5. Coventry Carol (Lully Lullay) (hidden track) (5:10)
  6. Judas
  7. Psychic Pain
  8. You Are God
  9. Man, You Made a Lonely World
  10. Reasons to Say No