End Reign is one of the many exciting bands in the UK scene. Weaving together an original metallic sound on par with Rise & Fall, the band presents four new tracks that will please fans of Converge, Trap Them, and Entombed. “Horror” immediate throws the listener into a merciless, chaotic frenzy. Right off the bat you get a great no bullshit vibe. This is the sound of anger, raw and in your face. I can't get over the level of ferociousness in this recording. It brings to mind bands like Gehenna and Rorschach – not in the sound exactly but in the aggression.
The vocals sound absolutely primal, at times sounding like a less worn out Jake Bannon. It has an older R&F feel but keeps things fresh and original.“Abyss” continues in this vein with a great section starting at the two minute mark.“To Pray For” keeps the pace of the first two tracks but slows it down a bit with some excellent guitar work. This is probably the most engaging and the best piece on the album. “Dream Eater” is a very close second regarding the best track. It has a great slow opening as if easing the listener into the upcoming attack. Just when you think it's going to be okay, you're ambushed and thrown back into the chaos for another round.
The undeniable energy coupled with the skill of the musicians makes for a very interesting listen. Another enjoyable aspect was the very few slow moments. The foot is on the pedal for the full EP. Sometimes that sludgier sound creeps in – even just a hint - but to my ears, I heard none. Which is, again, refreshing. It's fast pace makes for an memorable listen, one that doesn't feel repetitious or tired. I'd like to hear a full length from End Reign (Besides liking the music, I'd be curious to see if they can keep up such an intense and pressing sound for an LP) and am excited on hearing more from their camp. And the art work by Give Up is a perfect way to represent such an frenzy.
End Reign is one of the bands that could be the next big craze so don't sleep on this 7” as there are less than a thousand copies. This is a joint release type deal; Hemlock 13, FITA, Holy Roar, and Witch Hunter are the ones responsible for this slab of wax. It's available in a handful of variations and packages so spend your hard earned money on some quality music and support a couple of awesome labels. If you enjoy the 7” and want to check out some other End Reign material, they have a couple of samplers and demos up for sale in their Big Cartel and there's a split with Alaska, which is highly recommended. Overall this is a release that took me by surprise and I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys aggressive hardcore with a heavy dose of metal. [Hemlock 13]