While this year has been turbulent, there’s no denying that we’ve gotten some great music out of it. Some bands are really coming into their own and making their voice heard, being a shining light in one of the worst years we can recall. I’m beyond glad to see these bands get the spotlight, as the effort exuded matches some undeniable talent. Take a gander at the bands that are ruling 2020.
END have shared the video for “Hesitation Wounds“. The supergroup, which consists of members of Counterparts, Misery Signals, Dillinger Escape Plan, and more, just released their debut full-length album on Closed Casket Activities. Needless to say, we were pretty impressed.
The hardcore supergroup that’s not on enough radars is finally unleashing their second record, Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face, this Friday. This release has been a long time coming, as we discovered after speaking with guitarist Greg Thomas last month. With Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy, industry vet Will Putney (Fit For an Autopsy), bassist Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), guitarist Gregory Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud), and drummer Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan), END round out a lineup for the ages with hard-hitting tunes that listeners will love at first listen. For a debut full-length – and second album overall – this is awfully impressive.
The brutality begins with “Covet Not,” sounding visceral and vicious from the very start. Blast beats, decisive vocal delivery, and a guitar tone that’s front-and-center make this a strong start if there ever was one. The time signature is sporadic, too, making for compelling songwriting. “Pariah” hits next, the leading single and a succinct entry point of the band to me. Brendan is outright devastating in the outro, channeling leagues of emotion into his screams.
The massively-heavy band END is a supergroup of epic proportions. With the star power of vocalist Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), guitarist/producer Will Putney (Fit For an Autopsy), guitarist Greg Thomas (ex-Shai Hulud, Zombie Apocalypse, etc.), bassist Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), and drummer Andrew McEnaney (Trade Wind, Struc/tures), the band has tracks so heavy you’ll want to throw down no matter the scenery. I had a chance to speak to Greg about the band before their first album Splinters from an Ever-Changing Face releases June 5th.