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The End A.D. - Scorched Earth

The End A.D.
Scorched Earth
by Craig Rider at 08 September 2017, 1:51 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I'm proud to present to you: THE END A.D.; signed via Massacre Records, hailing from the United States of America, performing Hard Rock/Metal - on their debut album entitled “Scorched Earth” (released August 25th, 2017).

Since formation in 2014; the quintet in question have unveiled their debut album in the year of 2017 entitled “Scorched Earth”. The quartet deliver an intricately designed slab of solid hard-hitting Rock/Metal arrangements, 12 tracks ranging at around 44 minutes - THE END A.D. develops a unique formula of Hardcore elements, while being influential to the band known as WHITE ZOMBIE. This was immediately noticed with the opening track “Infinite Jest” as the musicianship stems a savage instrumentation process, while Ami Friend on vocals showcases consistent grunting methods in which strikingly resembles Rob Zombie in many flourishing ways. Not only does the mimicry match proficiently in every conceivable way, there is a lot of diversity that will keep you grooving and headbanging all throughout the record.

Songs such as “Wendy O. Williams” consist of an organic songwriting substance that's fluid and enjoyably complex, pummeling drummer Lorin Savadove crushes his set with an adroit aesthetic in which progressively provides an original and memorable sound production, which is energetic, grounded, and weighted - similar characteristics from powerhouse bassist Paul Orkin. On songs like “The Intercessor” shows off an instrumentally atmospheric acoustic piece the band produce, even if the songs are lasting 3 minutes in length - there's a lot of variety that keeps the groove in full effect. “Germs Burn” sufficiently distributes chugging, galloping riffage from guitarist Paul Juestrich as the dexterity efficiently supplies with enlightening crisp and sharp executions prominently. “When Wolf-Spiders Ruleth The Land” opens with raspy drum haste, as more fulfilling guitar solos contribute with dominant adequacy to the embedded tone.

Day Of The Locust” is where the WHITE ZOMBIE influence came in with full force, as the opening riff sounded almost identical to their famed track “Thunderkiss 65''” and the differentiates are uncanny. “Crawling From The Wreckage” is the shortest song at 2:24, yet still coherently examines unprecedented attributions that delight with crunchy, entertaining performances. “The Form Destroyer/Killing Floor” distinctively implements more persistently distinguishing finesse while “Obsession (By Calvin Klein)” keeps that afloat while formulating a humorous result, all is rounded with unparalleled contrast so far. “The World” has rhythmic elegance, even if it comes across as punky…while “Happy Now” captivates me with more hooks that left me wanting more, closing with “Voyage Of The Damned” the sprawling - very Doom orientated 7:00 finale which fuses aforementioned components and primitive grace.

Overall - a stimulating experience that WHITE ZOMBIE and Metal fans alike should check out at least once. It's not record of the year material, but it certainly comes close to one of the best discoveries you'll have the pleasure to listen to.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 9
Memorability: 8
Sound Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Infinite Jest
2. Wendy O. Williams
3. The Intercessor
4. Germs Burn
5. When Wolf-Spiders Ruleth The Land
6. Day Of The Locust
7. Crawling From The Wreckage
8. The Form Destroyer/Killing Floor
9. Obsession (By Calvin Klein)
10. The World
11. Happy Now
12. Voyage Of The Damned
Ami Friend - Vocals
Lorin Savadove - Drums
Paul Juestrich - Guitars
Paul Orkin - Bass
Record Label: Massacre Records


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