The End - Elementary

Mixing elements of alternative rock with tech-metal and ambient soundscapes -- now there is something you don't hear every day -- and that is exactly what the music of The End sounds like on their third release "Elementary." The label of prog-metal would definitely apply to the End, although it is sometimes unclear exactly what that label implies. Take the vocals of a popular alternative band such as Mars Volta and mix it with an ambient doom Neurosis type of feel and add tech-rock guitars that shred like Dillinger Escape Plan and there you have a pretty good idea of what you are in for with The End.

The songs are well-crafted with varying dynamics and tempos, the melodies are memorable and the chord progressions are captivating. The lyrics are thought-provoking and delivered in an emotionally wrenching style. The lyrical themes on "Elementary" deal mostly with the struggles of life in the modern era with all its excess emphasis on order and materialism.

Blending pop and metal is not an easy thing to do and a lot of bands these days try to do so without success, but in the case of "Elementary," The End have really pulled it off and have given us an example that shows it can be done.

1. Dangerous
2. The Never Ever Aftermath
3. Animal
4. The Moth And I
5. Throwing Stones
6. My Abyss
7. Awake
8. A Fell Wind
9. In Distress
10. And Always...

Relapse Records
Reviewer: mykke
Feb 26, 2009

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