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Endicott

Endicott: The Words In Ink Don't LieThe Words In Ink Don't Lie (2004)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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It's always nice when a band comes up with an interesting concept for their album. Concept albums can be pretty lame if the subject matter can't even hold the listener's attention. Endicott definitely came up with an interesting concept for "The Words In Ink Don't Lie." The album is based around .
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It's always nice when a band comes up with an interesting concept for their album. Concept albums can be pretty lame if the subject matter can't even hold the listener's attention. Endicott definitely came up with an interesting concept for "The Words In Ink Don't Lie." The album is based around a kidnapping, but rather than follow one person's experience, the lyrics are written from the perspective of the kidnapper, the victim, and the victim's family.

However, just because an album like this has a cool concept behind it, doesn't mean that the music itself will be compelling. In the case of Endicott, they got the first part down, but the music on this disc isn't nearly as interesting as the idea behind it. That's not to say that it's horrible, but I wouldn't be listening to it, if not for the writing of this review. The singer's voice really doesn't do much for me either, as half the time he's doing the not quite a shout but still not quite singing thing. Of course, this record wouldn't be complete with some random screams thrown in as well. The music generally has a rock vibe to it, and while Equal Vision would contend that this band is pushing of the bounds of rock and punk, they're doing no such thing. The fact of the matter is, most of these songs just don't go anywhere, they basically just plod along, doing everything that they're supposed to do, and before you know it, you're on the next track. It's pretty easy to see what's coming next, the screamed vocals show up at just the right times, but the singing parts still leave enough melody to interest the people who don't like harsh vocals.

This band's effort to make something different is admirable; they just haven't accomplished it with this release. The idea behind this album is great, but the music is mediocre at best. In the end, we're left with a record that will probably gain Endicott lots of new fans, while leaving others to wonder what people see in this release. I guess I shouldn't be surprised with this effort, considering the stuff that's been coming out of Equal Vision lately.

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CherryColaRain (June 4, 2005)

Ok i was just looking on back on old bands and i happen to pop up here. Endicott..nothing new but its pretty good. Also EV is nothing like victory...sure they are a somewhat hardcore label like victory..but EV bands are MUCH better than some of the crap on Victory (Execpt for some..like Comeback Kid) and i respect EV production work much more than Victory's. Hell im a fan of most Equal Vision bands. anyways Endicott deserve something.

Anonymous (November 29, 2004)

hey what's up dudes? 3 points??? I like this record, ok it's not a revolution but a cool screamo record!

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

I would really like to support this band, they are from my town, but I can't do it.

They played a cd release party with roses are red. Talk about a total waste of time. Although Silent Drive played that show. I know, I know, Equal Vision bands blow, blah blah blah. Silent Drive was good live.

Endicott = lame.

soulbleed (November 19, 2004)

the recording quality did it for me, i stopped listening to this after three songs.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

tatecore.

Scootz_McNasty (November 18, 2004)

I thought it was alright. nothing really special, but it sounded good.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

another AWESOME album from an AWESOME label.

maverick (November 17, 2004)

Total snoozefest. Equal Vision is the new Victory.

-Scott

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

this band ripped off a this day forward riff. verbatim. see if you can find it.

and fuck equal vision

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

the cascade ep was a phenomenal release from endicott. dont let this shitstain of a cd ruin it for you, they had a completely different, sound that actually did push the boundaries of hardcore. sounds like nothing else, an amazing at the same time. soulseek it, its out there.

bemused (November 16, 2004)

TDF were great. highly underated as has been mentioned. This score is for tubesocks on hot chicks

-Chris-

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

this score is for cranberry juice!

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

score is for TDF. awesome band, In response is a beautiful album

slippy (November 16, 2004)

The score is for This Day Forward's late stuff. And all their stuff.

FortyMinutesWest (November 16, 2004)

"Except late This Day Forward was highly underrated, quickly dismissed because most of their fans freaked out over the progression"

Haha, I'm guilty of that. But I liken it to grabbing what you think is a glass of kool aid, only to find that it's actually cranberry juice.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

i like this record.

elliot (November 16, 2004)

a friend of mine told me that this band sounded like the bronx and that they were supposed to be really good. so i bought it, listened to it, and wanted to blow my brains out. fuck this bullshit. it's not music. it's bullshit.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

I saw them live like six months ago, had never heard of them before. They were really good but now that I've heard their mp3s I don't feel the same way about them.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Good concept with bad music? I'd say the same thing about Say Anything.

inagreendase (November 16, 2004)

Except late This Day Forward was highly underrated, quickly dismissed because most of their fans freaked out over the progression. In Response was a really good encore for them I thought.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

sounds like late this day forward too.

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