Released: 2013, Bakerteam Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Hailing from Parma, Italy, Pursuing The End were something of a mystery to me. I had not heard their material before being handed this album for review, and at first was shocked at what I heard; A poppy, electronic, dubstep-tinged intro... I was not happy. But then I was blasted in the face with some aggressive metal core… Okay, not one of my favourite genres, but I’m fairly open to suggestion - and this was certainly aggressive and played with precision and conviction, so my interest was piqued.
Then Chiara Manese’s vocals began soothing my eardrums, in delightful contrast to Giacomo’s Benamati’s death growls. Then things began to crescendo and searing lead guitars began tearing out of the speakers. There was straight, head nodding double kick passages back to back with offbeat patterns, the playing beyond tight; The overall affect was stunning, and I eagerly awaited the next track to see what other unexpected delights were held in store...
Mixing some fairly technical death metal, symphony, clean and dirty vocals with electronic splashes cannot be an easy task. But Pursuing The End have done it, and done it well. Chiara’s vocals flit between operatic in the Tarja Turunen style and more melodious in the Christina Scabbia style, providing balance for Giacomo’s guttural utterances.
The instrumentation, as I said, is of the utmost proficiency and is tasty throughout. Recording values are top notch, as is most of the song writing. On the downside, there isn’t really a whole bunch of standout moments, and a couple of times I began to cringe at certain parts, but only due to my own personal preferences.
All in all- a solid, off the wall, experimental-to-say-the-least album, full of surprises and able to turn the head of even a staunch anti-metalcore bastard like me. Has to be heard to be believed I think!
Review by Kevin Griffiths