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End of Level Boss – Prologue – 2006 – Exile on Mainstream Records

Track Listing
1. Freak Waves
2. Disjointed
3. Vivid
4. Hedonophobia
5. Noisepicker
6. Step the Mind Gap
7. Spine Transfer
8. Leaving the Chemosphere
England’s End of Level Boss is, for lack of a better description, an extremely strange band. Their music transcends several genres, including sludge, grunge, and doom. This combination of influences has some rather catastrophic results, as “Prologue” is barely even listenable. The band’s aim was seemingly to create something unique in the metal world, and they have certainly accomplished that. Unfortunately, this unique piece of work is extremely boring and sometimes painful to listen to.

Nothing on “prologue” seems to fit together. Guitarist/vocalist Heck Armstrong fails at both his jobs, as his vocals are whiny and off-key and his riffs are sloppy and poorly-timed. A band that’s as “out there” as End of Level Boss are obviously going to have odd time signatures and patterns incorporated into their music, but when they sound forced and poorly executed, the novelty is lost. The band’s rhythm section, made up of bassist Elena Jane and drummer Ben Hallett, are incredibly boring. They seem to do little more than play random notes and keep the time, respectively.

I hate to have to do this, but I’m going to have to recommend that the reader avoid End of Level Boss at all costs. They will literally bore you to death with their incessant droning. Fans of this vague genre would be better off sticking with the bands that are established as doing what they do well, such as Voivod, High on Fire, etc.

2/10

--Veritas 03.01.06

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2006
Veritas3/7/2006


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