My Enemies & I – Fiends: A Video Breakdown

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You’ve got a fiend in me.

My Enemies & I are a nu-ish metalcoreish something-ish band from Richmond, Virginia. They are currently on Fearless Records. Their bio on the Fearless website helpfully tells us “Building an underground legion of dark devotees, the band embraces the unsettling truth that evil lives within every human.” Well, good thing for puppies, right? Those wittle buddies are nothing but fluffy lightness and kibble bits. You can’t take that from us, My Enemies & I! I won’t let you! Joe won’t let you! The Toilet Ov Hell community won’t let you (excluding the cat people)! You can wear all the silly contact lenses you want because it won’t make a difference. We will study your new music video and learn of ways to defeat you. For the puppies!

0:00: Bless you, ME&I for making a video that is less than 3 minutes long.
0:06: You sure about that, bud?
0:11: Oooh, Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget is in this band.
0:14: Fish-eye lens; as seen by almost every Craiglist apartment listing ever.
0:23: OHMYGODYOU GUYS THIS VOCALIST IS SO CRAZY!
0:28: First, Jncos come back and now the “vocalist is so crazy he’s about to lose it” act.
0:32: It’s like 1999 Wes Borland time-jumped to 2016 and fronted a new band.
0:37: He might not need help, but he’s going to catch his death of cold if he doesn’t put a shirt on.
0:43: All of the video’s budget went to his contacts.
0:46: And chest paint.
0:54: If was nice of their landlord to let them record in the basement.
1:03: Just make sure you take the laundry out of the washer when it’s done so other people get a chance to use it.
1:08: I hope “black arms” don’t become a thing.
1:14: Kids at Warped Tour begging their parents to let them paint their arms.
1:23: Is it normal to want to punch someone’s haircut? Cause I have a lot of feelings right now.
1:34: Punch. Here. Now.
1:42: Punch with all of your might.
1:51: Every time someone watches this video, a wallet gets its chain.
1:59: Unexpected electronics. Why not?
2:05: How has Roadrunner not snatched these guys up for a 1 album deal that completely ruins the band?
2:13: I wonder if the band knows Coal Chamber had a song called “Fiend”.
2:20: Gotta have that sing-along part for the kids.
2:29: And for the Hot Topic store radio station.
2:41: His back must say “GoldenPalace(dot)com”.
2:52: Nah, I’m good.

My Enemies & I’s album Sick World is available now via Fearless Records.

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  • Howard Dean

    Prompt: Favorite re-release/reissue of 2016?

    I’ll start: Definitely the Nuclear Winter – Abomination Virginborn demo reissue on CD. One of my most listened to items released in 2016. Nuclear Winter was the precursor band to Dead Congregation, and my fuck do they bring the Morbid Angel worship on this demo. Byah! Runner-up: the Satanic Warmaster – Black Metal Kommando… compilation reissue on Werewolf Records was pretty great, too.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Does that BMK have the Gas Chamber demo on it?

      • Howard Dean

        Yeah. The two parts of the comp. are way different (the Gas Chamber side is super raw/primitive), but it’s a pretty good collection.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Haha. I think Gas Chamber is literally the first ever SW recording. The rest are much newer.
          Not sure if BMK was released alone, or if GC was later reissued on it’s own, now that I think of it.

          • Howard Dean

            It may be. I know the earliest it was actually released was paired with Black Metal Kommando on the original release back in 2005, but it’s definitely possible that it’s from much earlier (since that comp. was of previously unreleased demos circa 2000-2001).

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Yarp. Looked up. Went unreleased, but def first demo.
            This has reminded me to acquire more SW releases.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            EDIT: FIRST FULL-LENGTH, LATER SCRAPPED. NOT DEMO.

          • Howard Dean

            I went a long time only having heard Strength & Honour and Carelian Satanist Madness (which are both great) before I delved into the demos, splits, and other stuff out there. The dive is deep. but well worth it!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Carelian Satanist Madness was for the longest time the extension of my knowledge over them.
            Opferblut>>>>>>

    • Joaquin Stick

      I almost had to say “Nothing, because I don’t listen to that much old people music / kvlt shit”, but Pain of Salvation remastered Remedy Lane, and that was pretty sweet.

      • Howard Dean

        Old people music/kvlt shit >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • RustyShackleford

        Shit. That’s a tight album from a band I haven’t listened to in way too fucking long. Noted. Thank you good sir!!

        • Joaquin Stick

          I loved that album but always HATED the production. The reissue is so much better. Never going back.

    • RJA

      The SW was a good one, bought that along with the true werewolf re-issue.
      I saw the Nuclear Winter demo somewhere – probably should have picked that up.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      Been digging that Wolfblood

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      Pet Sounds.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Eww no

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          Have you not heard it? It’s one of my favorite reissues ever.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            The Beach Boys give me uncontrollable diarrhea

          • Waynecro

            I heard some Beach Boys Christmas music Saturday night and started writing a scary manifesto on the spot.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I know the feeling. Christmas music is auditory diabeetus.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Cybro plz! I love Christmas!

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Waynecro plz! Their Christmas songs are very good!

          • Waynecro

            Sure, provided you don’t hate the Beach Boys and Christmas music in general.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Pet Sounds makes any other pop album look like my diarrhea after eating too much chili. It’s the greatest pop album ever.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Dang, I actually agree with you. Maybe not greatest ever, I’d have to think about that, but Beach Boys are trve as fuck.

          • GoatForest

            They collaborated with Charlie Manson, if memory serves. Most metal bands only wish they were that hard.

      • RJA

        to be fair, isn’t pet sounds re-issued every 5 years or so!

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          This was the 50th anniversary reissue. The remaster was awesome and the bonus tracks were actually very good.

          • RJA

            It looks like the mono version on the 50th anniversary issue was pulled from a different (supposedly better) source. Maybe I will have to buy the album for the 4th time!

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I own the 2 CD version.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Which kind of Morbid Angel worship? The Prosanctus Inferi and you-know-who kind or the Angelcorpse kind? Either way, I’m sold.

      • Howard Dean

        It’s basically like Morbid Angel circa Covenant with a few shards of Dead Congregation popping through the surface.

  • Waynecro

    The Revolver Golden Gods award for most-punchable/most-in-need-of-a-good-punching frontperson goes to the guy from My Enemies & I. Accepting the award is the singer’s haircut, which won its own most-punchable award earlier in the night.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Let’s hope that when the band finally signs with Roadrunner they deliver the punch he and his hair so rightfully deserve

      • Waynecro

        Dude, excellent Disqus handle.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Thanks, man!

          • Waynecro

            Thank you, dude. That shit cracks me up.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Oh man, the crab claw line killed me. So much punchability here.

    • Howard Dean

      Hostel 4?

      • W.

        Hostel 4/Human Centipede 4: The Living Hotel. It’s a crossover in the vein of Freddy vs. Jason.

        • Waynecro

          would pay $1 to watch that/10

    • Waynecro

      This is the worst graduating-class photo from a barber college that I’ve ever seen.

      • And you’ve seen a lot of those! (But do they get bonus points for using an In Flamesy font?)

        • Waynecro

          I happen to be a highly regarded scholar/collector of such photos. I’m trying to get a museum off the ground, but various historical societies keep forgetting to return my calls. Dude, the band looks like the spoopy version of In Flames from an alternate dimension.

        • Ayreonaut

          -1 pulls

          • i deserve this fate. at this point call i can hope for is NEGATIVE 69 (or some other clever quantity)

          • Ayreonaut

            I have heard that once you reach – 420 pulls you get the chance to redeem yourself by arm wrasslin Vinnie paul

          • fuuuuuuuck, i just de-armed myself to be more like Richter

    • Abradolf Lincler

      i thot we werent supposed to post sexually explicit photos here

    • Missing the Brazzers logo.

      • Oh, that must be what Abradolf was talkin bout. Gorsh I sure can be aloof

        • Abradolf Lincler

          . . . butt stuff

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    This is pretty damn terrible. Both, the video and the song – by extension, the band.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    how do you always manage to find something that instantly makes me want to punch or throw my phone

    • Abradolf Lincler

      lol anyone notice him doing the breathe in/hiss, low volume monologue you guys were talking about on the last podcast

  • These guys liked Suicide Squad.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Savage

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      I shoulda scrolled down before making basically the same joke

  • “I can make you like me!” is probably the least tempting ‘come to the Dark Side’ offer I’ve ever heard.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    1) Dads in late 90s/early 2000s tell their kids nu-metal is shit
    2) Kids immediately love nu-metal because dad hates it
    3) 15-20 years pass
    4) Kids, now adults, start their own nu-metal bands
    5) Man destroys god
    6) My Enemies & I exist

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Singer probably thought Jared Leto was ground breaking in Suicide Squad

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    I’m not going to watch this. I’d rather be forced to have Bush perform Glycerine in my bedroom for the rest of my life.

    • They’d really be coming to your area!

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Jimmy plz!

  • ??

    well then. looks like I’m the only one here who’s a fan