I just had my first battle with a hard colored enemy and I have to say God of War is a stickler for making the player complete a long combat without mid combat check points! It can be pretty costly failing late in the combat.
I can see why Kronos is grumpy with his kid - his kid gets him in danger with his carelessness!
Also, the fight with the Connor McGregor boss dude a bit earlier was some crazy battle.
Edit: I may need to drop down to normal difficulty. Once there are teleporting dudes, fire throwing dudes, and a bunch of melee enemies it gets tough to manage them all!