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.