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Varg
The End of All Lies




Company: Napalm
Release: 2016
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Hard hitting battery



  • It's easy to write off 'The End of All Lies' as just another cookie-cutter metalcore formula. The first two tracks of the album are familiar staccato riffs, double bass and an underlying melody that we've heard a hundred times over by the likes of Unearth, Killswitch and All that Remains (who just got it from the Swedes a decade late). Yet when 'Achtung' hits the center of the album, the chemistry of the album changes up considerably. The rumbling Pantera guitar tone introduces potent gang choruses and a hard hitting battery that marches into an atmospheric “We are Many” breakdown at the three minute mark. 'Darkness' has a really fun Alestorm spark to it while the album closes with two stylistic cuts in 'Einherjer' and the manic 'Rain of Ash'.


    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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    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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