ENDZWECK - The Grapes Of Wrath

Endzweck - The Grapes Of Wrath

12 songs
21:00 minutes
***** ***
I For Us


I don’t know what it is with Japanese bands, but often when they do something, they end up doing it better than their European or American counterparts. Or maybe it’s only their very good bands that get themselves heard around here. With a homepage that suffers from messy syndrome, it’s hard to get relevant information, except that Endzweck seem to have been around for ten years, and that they released a lot of EPs and compilation contributions in the past. Lately there have been two full length albums, their first one, The Grapes Of Wrath, has now been licensed by I For Us Records for the European market.

Twelve songs in twenty-one minutes, that’s quite a feat, but it’s still surprising to see how much melody they insert into their miniature screamo song. Balancing between the more traditional roots of emo and the more melodic contemporary fare, Endzweck manage to come across rather unspoiled, being catchy enough to get your attention, but never overly wimpy like all those new fashion bands from the USA. Also they never succumb to the dead seriousness of early genre bands. The production is quite dense, with the hysterical vocals soaring over the omnipresent guitar harmonies that again set a counterpart to the chugging rhythm section.

A band probably needs ten years of experience to pull off such a routine exercise, and although The Grapes Of Wrath never pretends to reinvent screamo, it still manages to take the best of both worlds, making it one of the most refreshing releases in a long time.

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