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Rune
The End Of Nothing
November 2003
Released: 2003, Willowtip
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

If I had to compare this new band to anyone, I suppose a blend of Opeth and Meshuggah would be the closest I could get. With that comparison, you can believe Rune produces some very dark, strange music on their debut album, THE END OF NOTHING. The songs are long (only two are under five minutes in length), epic and moody with changes of pace happening frequently. The production is excellent from a small label as the band’s music comes through rich and thick. The lyrics make My Dying Bride seem like a happy pop band. Rune features two vocalists, though I found it hard to differentiate between the two as most of the vocals are the same distorted, pained scream/wail. There are also a lot of weird keyboard effects used that produce an engaging, morose sound behind the guitars. The keyboards are used to the greatest effect on the last track, “Ethereal Bleeding”, an instrumental which seems like a clip taken from the film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The CD booklet cites the sounds as produced by guitar synth, Moog (a synthesizer), loops and feedback and it is really the most interesting track on the CD. Only after five minutes of this do we get a disembodied voice that recites a painful admission of anarchy and failure. Pretty heavy stuff.
Track Listing

1. An Affinity
2. Opium For My Soul
3. Babylon Burning
4. Worthless Endeavor
5. This Sorrow
6. Wilt
7. Leaving Form
8. Ethereal Bleeding (Instrumental)

Lineup

Doug McGinnis—Vocals
Jeremie Jordan—Vocals
Rick Shutte—Guitars
Kevin Gamble—Guitars
Dave Mann—Bass
Jimmy Magnuson—Drums


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