Enabler To Take An Indefinite Hiatus Following Abuse Allegations

Enabler, photo by Tayler Aubin

Enabler, photo by Tayler Aubin

Enabler tonight announced an indefinite hiatus for the band and the cancellation of all touring following allegations against front man Jeff Lohrber made by his former girlfriend, former Enabler bassist Amanda Daniels. Daniels, who was quietly dismissed from the band at the end of 2014, has made allegations in a blog last Friday on her Tumblr on page that Lohrber was sexually and physically abusive during their three-year relationship. Daniels’ blog can be found at this link and is excerpted below:

“The Truth Shall Set You Free >

There are many reasons for my silence. They have changed over time, as I have collected and carried these secrets. 
I want to say now the largest of these reasons is the desire to move on, for how can we heal from the past if it falling out of our mouths? 
But this is a lie, you can never heal from the past if it hauntingly remains inside of you. The real largest reason of all is fear.
Now that all I fought for is lost, my biggest fear is that I will never be ok. Some kind of justice must come to fruition.

I want to say I’m sorry to all of you who were there, wanting to help and not knowing. Thank you for persistently asking me if I’m ok, asking how I’m doing, and asking more specific questions if you were bold enough. I’m sorry for my uncountable bold faced lies, “I’m good, I’m ok”
I’m sorry I never reached out, I’m sorry I never told you, I’m sorry for all of my half truths, parts left out, and I’m deeply sorry that I cannot speak these words face to face.


I never want to upset anybody, I never want to be the cause of negative thoughts and feelings. There are too many of those in this world as it is.
This is very negative and very upsetting thing to talk about and thing for people to hear. It is time for my silence to end. The story is spreading and it is no longer my own to bear.
It hasn’t been for awhile now, it made it’s way into the world a little over a year ago when his violence moved from me unto our vehicle and it’s contents which belonged to four of us…. was that the first time it was obvious to others? I’m unsure of details, I cannot keep every incidence separate or straight. 
But I am sure of all the broken promises made to us in the following days, a permanent reminder scratched into my skin in a new jersey hotel room.

The last of these a promise of privacy, one of your request, one broken publicly. I saw it last night, words echoing in my ears, and I’ve been thinking of what to do all day. Where does one start? The above paragraphs as a type of preface and the following response should do.
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Let me begin by congratulating you on the most aptly named release to date. You should in no way, shape or form feel safe.
You think the personal hell you caused and put yourself through is worse than anything that can be done unto you??
That sentiment isn’t going to keep anything away from you or protect you anymore. No one feels sorry for you.

If you are writing lyrics to help people and hope someone may be able to relate perhaps you should be clear in who your target audience is, for only a certain kind of person can relate to your specific brand of personal suffering. Adulterous, manipulators, perverse and predatory sexual molesters, anger ridden abusers, purveyors of violence against women, liers and rapists, to name a few.”

 

 

Lohrber then responded, which Enabler shared on their Facebook page:

Let me start by saying, I do not condone physical violence of any kind to any living thing, period. I do not condone rape whatsoever. Anyone who is aware of anything of that nature going on, I urge you to remove yourself from the situation immediately and contact the authorities if need be.

Secondly, to anyone who would deal with things by starting a witchhunt online rather than deal with them at the source or take it directly to the authorities – you are absolutely in the wrong. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, and in today’s climate it’s very easy to believe everything you read on the internet without knowing exactly what happened between two people.

The last thing I want is to drag anyone’s name through the dirt. I’ve read through Amanda’s post many times, and it’s pretty contradictory of itself. The thing I want to know is if I was truly abusing her and I truly did rape her in the manner that I’m accused of, why did she beg to stay in the band when she had been asked to leave multiple times? Why weren’t the authorities involved? Why come out now when the new album is to be released in less than a month? And why the hell bring up songwriting credits in a post that is accusing someone of rape?

I thought that both of us had moved on with our lives, me continuing my work with the band, and her starting a new life with someone she met while on the road with the band and moving onto future musical endeavors that are more fitting to her abilities. I guess not. This is a blatant attempt to ruin the band’s name, a band that she played in for 3 years and played 200+ shows with. If this was really going on the whole time the way that she portrays it, why would a person put that kind of blood, sweat, and tears into a project with someone that is capable of these things?

Relationships go bad all of the time. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I was in the right all of the time. I was wrong in a number of things I did, for which I have owned up and apologized directly to these people, but the things I am accused of here are not accurate.

As far as Enabler goes, all shows are off as of now and the band is on an indefinite hiatus until this is cleared up. I cannot risk dragging anyone else that I have a close working relationship with into this mess. This is my problem and I am the one who has to deal with it.”

 

Here’s a statement from Jeff regarding the matter that most have you have probably seen by now.

Posted by Enabler on Sunday, July 12, 2015

 

No word on how any of this will affect the expected release of Enabler’s new album, Fail to Feel Safe, currently planned for release by Century Media on August 7th.

On The Road… With Enabler and Meek Is Murder

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Enabler is bringing their thrash-crust stylings on a brief tour of the USA, after a killer turn at the recent Temples Festival. Led by front man Jeff Lohrber (Today Is The Day), the band recently signed to Century Media and released a 7-inch single for the new song ‘By Demons Denied’. This is all leading up to an expected fall release of their new full length, Fail to Feel Safe. Packing tiny O’Brien’s club in Allston, MA and joined by the equally slamming Meek Is Murder, Enabler wowed the crowd with a tight, riff heavy performance. The band has been coming into its own as serious road dogs for the last few years, building up a following all over, and grinding it out in countless shows. Meek Is Murder also has a recent release they are supporting in their Onward EP. It’s really cool to see new bands working on vital new music, instead of relying on the releases that initially pushed them out to the scene. Opening things up on this night were the fun, heavy punks in Los Bungalitos and the more serious hardcore sluggers in I Am Become Death rounding out the bill. Captured here for Ghost Cult by Meg Loyal Photography, this was one of the sickest small shows in long time to grace our city:

Enabler, by Meg Loyal Photography

Enabler, by Meg Loyal Photography

Enabler, by Meg Loyal Photography

Enabler, by Meg Loyal Photography

Enabler, by Meg Loyal Photography

Enabler, by Meg Loyal Photography

Meek Is Murder, by Meg Loyal Photography

Meek Is Murder, by Meg Loyal Photography

Los Bungalitos , by Meg Loyal Photography

Los Bungalitos , by Meg Loyal Photography

I Am Become Death, by Meg Loyal Photography

I Am Become Death, by Meg Loyal Photography

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Temples Festival 2015

Festival season is just around the corner, and what better way is there to start the summer than with Temples Festival? Launched in 2013, Temples is an independent music festival based in Bristol. The event will take place from 29th – 31st May at the historic venue Motion. Continue reading

Enabler Releasing By Demons Denied Limited Edition Seven Inch Single In June

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Ohio-based hardcore/metallers Enabler is releasing a limited edition seven inch/digital single By Demons Denied on June 2, 2015 via Century Media Records. It includes an extended version of the song off of their upcoming debut full length Fail to Feel Safe, along with two exclusive b-sides – “The Flame” and “Some Things Are Worth Living For.”

They will be touring North America with Meek Is Murder in June.

May 28: Camden Unicorn – London (UK) (w/ Leng Tch’e)
May 29: Motion – Bristol (UK) (Temples Fest w/ Converge, Pig Destroyer, Nails, Weedeater)

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ENABLER tour dates with MEEK IS MURDER
Jun 01: Snapper Magee’s – Torrington, CT
Jun 02: Dusk – Providence, RI
Jun 03: O’Briens – Allston, MA
Jun 04: La Source Martinière – Quebec City, QC
Jun 05: Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC
Jun 06: 612 Gladstone – Ottawa, ON
Jun 07: Coalition – Toronto, ON
Jun 08: The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
Jun 09: Dragonfly Lounge – Madison, WI
Jun 10: Livewire – Chicago, IL
Jun 11: Spacebar – Columbus, OH
Jun 12: Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA
Jun 13: Backroom Studios – Rockaway, NJ
Jun 14: The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY

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Enabler Confirm Upcoming Tour With Meek Is Murder

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Ohio hardcore metallers Enabler will be headlining an upcoming US tour with Meek Is Murder as support. Their forthcoming album Fail To Feel Safe was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die) and producer Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud), who also produced the band’s critically acclaimed album, All Hail The Void (2012). Mastering was handled by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

May 28: Camden Unicorn – London, UK (w/ Leng Tch’e)
May 29: Motion (Temples Fest) – Bristol, UK (w/ Converge, Pig Destroyer, Nails, Weedeater)

Enabler tour dates with Meek is Murder
Jun 01: Snapper Magee’s – Torrington, CT
Jun 02: Dusk – Providence, RI
Jun 03: O’Briens – Allston, MA
Jun 04: La Source Martinière – Quebec City, QC
Jun 05: Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC
Jun 06: 612 Gladstone – Ottawa, ON
Jun 07: Coalition – Toronto, ON
Jun 08: The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
Jun 09: Dragonfly Lounge – Madison, WI
Jun 10: Livewire – Chicago, IL
Jun 11: Spacebar – Columbus, OH
Jun 12: Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA
Jun 13: Backroom Studios – Rockaway, NJ
Jun 14: The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY

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Enabler and Call Of The Void Add New Tour Dates

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Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit ENABLER has started their North American tour with CALL OF THE VOID, with dates posted below.

ENABLER tour dates with CALL OF THE VOID
Feb 06: Carabar – Columbus Ohio *
Feb 07: The Demo – St. Louis, MO
Feb 08: Hitone – Memphis, TN
Feb 09: Three Links – Dallas, TX
Feb 10: Walter’s – Houston, TX
Feb 11: TBA – San Antonio, TX
Feb 12: Red 7 – Austin, TX
Feb 13: House show – Albuquerque, NM
Feb 14: 51west – Mesa, AZ
Feb 15: Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
Feb 16: You Revolution Bar – Tijuana, MEX
Feb 17: 5 Star – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 18: Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Feb 19: The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
Feb 20: Gilman St – Berkeley, CA
Feb 21: High Water Mark – Portland, OR
Feb 22: 333 – Vancouver, CAN w/ THE DRIP
Feb 23: Highline – Seattle, WA w/ THE DRIP
Feb 24: The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ THE DRIP
Feb 25: Shredder – Boise, ID
Feb 26: TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 27: Hi Dive – Denver, CO
Feb 28: West Wing – Omaha, NE *
Mar 01: Encounter – Peoria, IL *
Mar 02: Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL *
Mar 03: – Champaign, IL – Error Records *
Mar 04: – Indianapolis, IN – Indiana Beer City *
Mar 05: – Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s Bar *
Mar 06: – Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary *
Mar 07: – Pittsburgh, PA – The Mr. Roboto Project *
Mar 08,: – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus *
*=ENABLER only

ENABLER recently completed recording their forthcoming album, Fail To Feel Safe, at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti (THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE) and producer Greg Thomas (MISERY SIGNALS, SHAI HULUD), who also produced the band’s critically acclaimed album, All Hail The Void (2012). Mastering is currently being done by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. An early summer 2015 release date is planned.

Led by frontman, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, ENABLER stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today. The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley’s (FALL OUT BOY, RAICETRATOR) FC Records in 2010. Two full-length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including last year’s La Fin Absolue Du Monde, which appeared on many “Best of 2014” lists.

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Temples Festival 2015 Announces First Day Schedule

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The first Day Splits of Temples Festival 2015  have been announced. Previously a number of acts were announced as participating but now a set schedule for the first day is now official. The schedule is as follows:

Friday May 29, 2015

Stage I

Converge
Nails
Trap Them
Martyrod
Young And In The Way
Throats (Reunion)
Teef

Stage II

Pig Destroyer
Today Is The Day
Magrudergrind
Leng T’Che
Enabler
+2 TBA

Stage III

Bongzilla
Weedeater
Year Of No Light
Slabdragger
Mondarch
Sea Bastard
Monolithian

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Enabler Co-Headlining Upcoming Tour With Call Of The Void

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Ohio hardcore/metal outfit Enabler will be co-headlining a North American tour with Call Of The Void. Confirmed dates are below.

ENABLER tour dates with CALL OF THE VOID
Feb 06: Carabar – Columbus Ohio *
Feb 07: The Demo – St. Louis, MO
Feb 08: Hitone – Memphis, TN
Feb 09: Three Links – Dallas, TX
Feb 10: Walter’s – Houston, TX
Feb 11: TBA – San Antonio, TX
Feb 12: Red 7 – Austin, TX
Feb 13: House show – Albuquerque, NM
Feb 14: 51west – Mesa, AZ
Feb 15: Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
Feb 16: You Revolution Bar – Tijuana, MEX
Feb 17: 5 Star – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 18: Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Feb 19: The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
Feb 20: Gilman St – Berkeley, CA
Feb 21: High Water Mark – Portland, OR
Feb 22: 333 – Vancouver, CAN w/ THE DRIP
Feb 23: Highline – Seattle, WA w/ THE DRIP
Feb 24: The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ THE DRIP
Feb 25: Shredder – Boise, ID
Feb 26: TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 27: Hi Dive – Denver, CO
Feb 28: West Wing – Omaha, NE *
Mar 01: Encounter – Peoria, IL *
Mar 02: Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL *
*=ENABLER only

Led by frontman, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, ENABLER stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today. The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley’s (FALL OUT BOY, RAICETRATOR) FC Records in 2010. Two full length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including the critically acclaimed La Fin Absolue Du Monde, which will be re-issued on Dec. 8th via Century Media Records Europe with 3 additional tracks.

La Fin Absolue Du Monde official European track-listing
1. Close My Eyes
2. New Life
3. Neglect
4. I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This
5. Information Overload
6. Balance of Terror
7. World Sterilization
8. The Exiles
9. Prey
10. Sickened By The Wake
11. Rain Darkness
12. Felony
13. Linear Existence
14. Consequence
15. Live Low (bonus)
16. Mortal Enemy (bonus)
17. Seekers of the Truth (bonus CRO-MAGS cover)

Bridge Nine Records Releasing xXx Fanzine: 1983-1988 Book

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Bridge Nine Records will be releasing xXx Fanzine: 1983-1988, a book documenting the sounds of Hardcore America, plus an album with artists such as Strife (doing “Who Are You” by Void), Done Dying (featuring legendary No For An Answer frontman, Dan O’Mahony), BoySetsFire, Enabler, ÆGES, Gallows, Krum Bums and I Am Heresy have all recorded tracks for the effort with many more currently booking studio time for the effort. A full track listing will be announced shortly.

“As much as hardcore was an expression of artistry, ambition and rage, it also fostered some of the best and purest songwriting in recent rock ‘n’ roll history,” says xXx editor and main writer, Mike Gitter. “You can’t deny some of the massive songs people like Greg Ginn [Black Flag] or Bob Mould [Hüsker Dü] were capable of. Those songs still thunder as loud today as when they were originally committed to vinyl.”

The compilation will be presented in several formats. All editions of the book will include a download card. However, a limited number of books will include a 12” vinyl version of the comp.

Work on the book itself is nearing completion with last interviews and liner notes currently being assembled with the help of Bridge Nine owner Chris Wrenn in the editor’s seat. In the meantime, keep up with xXx Fanzine on Facebook.

Enabler Signs to Century Media, Recent Album To See European Release

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Enabler, one of the most impressive bands in recent memory have signed to Century Media Records. First on the agenda is the official European release of their album La Fin Absolue Du Monde, which was released last spring from The Compound/Creator-Destructor labels in the USA. The band has been touring tirelessly behind that release, including a cross country tour opening for EyeHateGod.

 

Of La Fin Absolue Du Monde, Ghost Cult’s Tim Ledin remarked in his review of the album and the band:

The sheer energy that the Wisconsin threesome create in this newest release is what hardcore bands of today should be modeling themselves after. Enabler is able to create speedy, short songs and give a crossover thrash and d-beat feel but keep their hardcore roots in as well.”

And…

They got my goosebumps to grow goosebumps.”

 

Photo by Meg Loyal Photography

Photo by Meg Loyal Photography

 

From The Press Release:

Following the initial release of Enabler‘s acclaimed second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde — which hit the streets in May via an alliance between The Compound and Creator-Destructor — the album will now see an official European release through Century Media, as the band has officially signed with the label.

Issued Enabler‘s founding guitarist/vocalist Jeffrey Lohrber of the union with Century Media: “I couldn’t be happier for all of this to come together. We’ve had a lot of good people working behind us for years, friends who have lived through the blood, sweat, and tears with myself and the multitude of extremely talented musicians who have shared the stage playing in Enabler. Myself and the musicians who share this with me are going to take this to the next level. The best is yet to come.”

We at The Earsplit Compound are stoked to see our close allies in Enabler get hooked up with an amazing worldwide deal with a label like Century Media and can’t wait to see them remove many faces live and on record through the New Year.

While European fans await the Century Media reissue of the album, those based in North America can order La Fin Absolue Du Monde now, the first pressing of the LP version from The Compound available on black/white/Orange Crush splatter, limited to 250 copies, in a wide-spine, uncoated jacket with a digital download code included, the CD housed in a high-quality, six-panel digipak. Additionally, The Compound released Enabler‘s previous Flies EP, which is also still available on digipak CD (for a mere $5) and on limited import 12″ LP courtesy of a licensing deal with London’s Holy Roar Records. Order all physical versions of both releases HERE.

Watch Enabler’s “Close My Eyes” video via Metal Injection AT THIS LOCATION.

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