THE END A.D. (Usa) "The Smell Of Despair" - Review - Kill Time Records 2018
THE END A.D. are a band hailing from Pennsylvania/USA... Formed in 2014, they have released an album last year on MASSACRE Records and are now unleashing a 4-song 10" EP on KILL TIME Records - which a major change since this album - the addition of Ami FRIEND as new vocalist of the band, replacing Otto LUCK.
I guess it's not always an easy decision for a band to change for a female vocalist when previous singer was a dude.. it may destabilize the fans that were used to the previous vocal style... But i dare to say the band did the RIGHT choice, 'cos Ami is really bringing something NEW to the band... Her style is RAW, pretty much in the PUNK-spirit but she can alternate fom very pleasant melodious lines to angry/screaming vocal parts.. more in the HARD-CORE style... Don't expect a "wanna-be-gothic diva" here - you'll be disappointed haha ! And that's not what the band is about - the style is somehow a mixture of a bit everything from the 80's Hard-Core-Metal-Punk - something straight forward, angry, raw but terribly EFFICIENT ! You can hear in my opinion influences from various US Hard-Core bands like Cro-mags, Poison Idea, Battalion Of Saints, Agnostic Front as well as some from the UK punk style (GBH, Discharge) but also some more "Metal" ones like Carnivore, SOD, Vio-Lence... In the end, you get 4 songs that are just composed/written to drive you crazy and I guess THE END AD reached its goal ! When i hear these songs, i can't prevent myself from banging my head & feeling like jumping here & there :-)
In these days, when too many bands try to sound "modern", "perfect" and in the end "tasteless", it's good to have bands like THE END AD getting back to the essential - music made with blood, sweat & guts ! Well-done dudes (& dudette !) !
Fabien, born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the sounds of SAXON, TRUST, ROCK GODDESS, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, DIO, MOTORHEAD, AC/DC... the passion grew up as years went by ... Discovering later the new styles that are Speed/Thrash Metal, Death-Metal, Black-Metal, the fate was SEALED.. Born to Raise Hell, Rock Hard & Live his life according to the METAL rules!!!