Band: ENCORE FOU
Genres: Punk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists: Cracsi Acidi, I Fichissimi, I Treni All'Alba, Rudimentiand, Cornucopia, Molto Rumore Per Nulla, Disco Drive, and His Clancyness.
Country: Turin / Aosta ITALY
Years Active: 1999?-2001?
For fans of: Carol, Acme, One Eyed God Prophecy, Lost Kids, Akephal, Hamilton, Lakme, Union Of Uranus, and Neuman Portentum.
Label(s): Shove Records
Originally released on cd in 2000, this five-piece Italian band recently had their full length 'Il Numero Undici' reissued and remastered on vinyl and cassette. The original release was Shove Records' second release, and if you don't know Shove Records you should get on that. With ZBR I only trade with maybe 4-5 labels, and they are definitely one, as they put out incredible/obscure stuff that I would be completely unaware of if it wasn't for them. That being said, 12" order plug -> ZBR U.S.A. / Canada+International / Shove Records (Europe)
The album is quite decent and holds up as a cool hardcore/screamo/Bremen mixture that most screamo people will enjoy. Opener "Crocifisso in sala mensa" begins with a spooky audio clip intro that transitions halfway through to One Eyed God Prophecy worship and includes a bangin' final 30 seconds. If you want the band's sounds in a single track then "Terra" is what you need, as hardcore, Bremen nods, and screamo are all encapsulated on this jam. "Cotidie Mori" has a lot more variety and melodic undertones, most likely due to a two-note guitar wail, and definitely has more in common with early 2000s screamo than the Bremen hardcore heard on preceding two jams. "Il modo, il motivo, il fine" clocks in at a mere 1:47 but the introduction to the song alone should give you a good feel for the explosiveness to come because this is definitely not an instrumental interlude, it's a fucking banger. "L'una o l'altra" rides a righteous bass riff and is more of a basic hardcore track than anything else. "Uomo qualunque" returns to the Bremen hardcore sound that is both dark and dirty. "Due grammi di rivoluzione" is probably the most powerful and densest song the band ever wrote and it even includes dual vocals. Closer "Ogni mio gesto" might be my favourite of the bunch with slightly progressive and very epic instrumentals mixed with their most urgent of screams, and a cool/weird droney midsection that really adds an aura of mystique.
2000 - Il Numero Undici cdLP
2022 - Il Numero Undici (remastered) cassette/12"LP [buy from ZBR in the US here / Canada+International here / Shove Records in Italy here]
(2000/2022) ENCORE FOU - "Ogni mio gesto" (from 'Il Numero Undici')
(2000/2022) ENCORE FOU - "Il modo, il motivo, il fine" (from 'Il Numero Undici')
(2000/2022) ENCORE FOU - "Due grammi di rivoluzione MAYBE PUT THIS 1st" (from 'Il Numero Undici')
(2001) ENCORE FOU - live
ENCORE FOU additional links