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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