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Upwards of Endtime - Upwards of Endtime - 2005 - Swayingball Music

Track Listing
1. Conquerors
2. Phantom Limbs
3. Battlefield
4. Hellnight
5. I Am Legend
6. Stairwell To Hell
7. Jerhume Bunnen
8. Dead To Me
9. Wish It All Away
10. Upwards of Endtime
Upwards of Endtime is a traditional metal band from Connecticut. When I say traditional, I mean it – nothing they are doing musically dates past, say, 1983. It’s pretty obvious that bands like Black Sabbath, Motorhead, and the like are where Upwards of Endtime directly derives their sound from. Their self-titled album really doesn’t give the listener anything that one of the aforementioned bands wouldn’t. With that said, however, Upwards of Endtime is still relatively enjoyable to listen to. They just aren’t breaking down any barriers.

Although the band consisted of more members at the time of recording, they are now down to a foursome. Although no instrument stands out as particularly exceptional, the guitars are creative, the bass solid, and the drums in time. The vocalist sounds like a younger Ozzy with a slightly deeper, less whiny voice. Not every song contains a solo, but the ones that do, such as “Jerhume Brunnen ,” are interesting but not spectacular.

Upwards of Endtime seem like the kind of band that would be enjoyable to see play live at the local bar, but not somebody you’d want to buy an album from. As you may have noticed, there aren’t a whole lot of negative things I can say about the band. At the same time, however, there aren’t a whole lot of pluses either. I’ll give them credit for putting together a steady album that flows and works, but not a whole lot more. The bottom line: more or less average.

5/10

--Veritas 04.06.06
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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