Hailing from Philadelphia, PA now comes The End A.D. featuring members from Anvil Bitch, Dominance, Deadspot, Savage Silence, Power Theory and Shotgun Wedding to name a few. SCORCHED EARTH is the band’s debut full length following a self-titled four song EP they self released last year that features five cuts that made their way to the full-length.
The disc opens up with the upbeat and hard rockin’ “Infinite Jest” with a turbo charged motor mouth delivery from vocalist Otto Luck. The sticker on the front cover suggests the band are a metal/hardcore act and that may not be too far off the mark as many of the album’s tracks clock in under three minutes.
“Wendy O” (a tribute to the late/great Wendy O. Williams of Plasmatics fame, I hope?) follows next. Now that I finally have the full-length I can read just what exactly Otto is singing. Very creative and memorable lyrics! The band comprised of veteran players are extremely tight as a unit and keep everything in the pocket, so to speak, with their chugging rhythms, breakdowns and solos.
“Happy Now” is a fast-paced rocker with a catchy melody and bar room boogie-woogie swing that compliments the more abrasive riffing nicely. Vocalist Otto Luck reminds me a lot of Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) both in his pitch and overall delivery as first evidenced on “Germs Burn” (an insanely catchy number an incidentally my favorite of the album.) “When Wolf-Spiders Ruleth The Land” is a fine example of the band’s crossover sound, note that I said “crossover” and not metalcore. You got all the hardcore aggression mixed with metal minus the paint by numbers tough guy vocals and incessant breakdowns of metalcore.
“Crawling From The Wreckage” features a lot of double-kick fury courtesy of drummer Lorin Savadore building the foundation of thunder for some strange vocal effects employed by vocalist Otto Luck. “Obsession” has a frantic feel to it, a bit of a modern sound and more unorthodox vocal effects. Guitarists Paul Juestrich and John Plumley do a fine job trading off leads on solos on this CD I bet this is a really fun band to catch live.
As of this writing the band have replaced vocalist Otto Luck with frontwoman Ami Friend and their old bass player Dave Carr with new bassist Paul Orkin. However much this will impact or radicalize their very unique sound remains to be seen. I’d mark them down as a band to keep an eye on in 2018.
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