My Musical Ramblings: Good standing for This Ending
I love surprises and nothing makes me happier than a surprise that involves new CDs from Metal Blade records by bands that I've never heard of. The first one I popped in was from Swedish metal masters, This Ending. This band used to go by the name of A Canorus Quintet, but I guess the band passed me by. After getting this CD and listening to it a couple of times (which is a good thing), I may have to go back and see how this band has evolved.
This review will go two ways: it will be positive if you want a good metal CD that will satisfy your headbangin' needs, or it will be negative if you're looking for a metal CD that pushes the envelope or brings something new to the table.
The best way that I can describe the disc is mid-temp to fast drumming (with occasional blast beats) over sludged guitars that emphasize basic metallic/thrash riffing with a twist of groove metal. Take one part Lamb of God, one part Unearth and top it off with a tad of In Flames and that's what you get with this release.
Speaking of Lamb of God, if you want the best comparison of who the vocalist sounds like, look no further, minus LOG's real low or high vocal range. There isn't a lot of diversity in the vocal or song structure arrangements and if you're not a fan of the CD early on while listening to it, you're not going to be convinced by listening to more of it.
Inside the Machine is a competent, straightforward and solid release that will please most metal fans as long as they're not looking for something outside the box or extremely new to what is out there right now. Nothing too catchy here, but a worthwhile listen with numerous spins coming in the future.
Next week, stay tuned for my review of the Slayer/Unearth concert at the John Labatt Centre. I'm sure this is going to kick-ass and I can't wait. Also, remember to get tickets to Heaven and Hell concert in March, don't hesitate any longer. Get those tickets! Support metal in London.