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Endwell

Endwell: Homeland InsecurityHomeland Insecurity (2006)
Victory Records

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[insert tired rant about Victory Records Brian's deleting to avoid hostility, even though I (somewhat sadly) agree about Spitalfield releasing Victory's best album of 2006] ...Which leads me to Endwell, and the beacon of creativity that is Homeland Insecurity. Oh boy. Listen, if you're going to g.
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[insert tired rant about Victory Records Brian's deleting to avoid hostility, even though I (somewhat sadly) agree about Spitalfield releasing Victory's best album of 2006]

...Which leads me to Endwell, and the beacon of creativity that is Homeland Insecurity. Oh boy. Listen, if you're going to go with an album name like that, for the sake of your own integrity, you should probably take some sort of political stance in the music. I know not every band who enters the political arena does so intelligently, but it's at least an attempt, and with songs like "Single and Loving It," I'd have rather seen them not try at all.

You push my buttons and open these scars, just to watch me bleed / What I've already bled a thousand times before, agonizing you make me scream and shout / ? / I'm just a bruised and broken heart, but the memories you left are of a girl who's lost and broken.
Some fine political rhetoric if I've ever seen it. You may have noticed I've neglected to mention what this band really sounds like so far, and if that lyrical excerpt didn't make it crystal clear let me spell it out for you -- t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e.

There's no two ways about this; save for some decent guitar solos, the most interesting part of this sing/scream snooze fest is when it ends. Nothing works here, and I did give it ample opportunity. The screamed vocals are strong, but sound forced and often out of place with how clunky the riffage is, and the contrived singing parts really do nothing to help matters. It may drown out other aspects of the instrumentation for a short amount of time, but before long, those boring chord progressions and lackluster song structures are back. Painfully formulaic, there's only two tracks that aren't between the three and four-minute marks. Even then, their one opportunity to set at least some parts of the record apart, they fail. "Whine and Dine" includes some random gang vocals sprinkled throughout, but it's not enough to quell the overwhelmingly mundane air given off by the band.

[Reversal of Man quote, go find it. Let's just say this review does not end well.]

 


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pitoresco (June 13, 2007)

screamo/metalcore is one of the worst genres i ever heard. this band sucks soooo much

Scruffy (March 15, 2007)

Yeah, Catch 22 totally put out the best thing Victory did last year, and I'm not even a fan of the rest of their stuff (I found out after subsequently buying a couple of their CDs). Permanent Revolution was even in my top 10 of last year. So freaking awesome, and because of Dinosaur Sounds, nobody paid attention.

Anonymous (March 14, 2007)

Marks Of A Hero sucks!

crazytoledo (March 14, 2007)

before victory killed this band.

Shut it dude.

Independent labels don't kill bands.

These bands do it to themselves.

Victory doesn't change the band, they just happen to not be very good most of the time.

GlassPipeMurder (March 13, 2007)

I thought Streetlight Manifesto, Moros Eros, and Catch 22 all put out much better records than Spitalfield.

jaxkid1 (March 13, 2007)

Good call on the Spitalfield record.

Anonymous (March 13, 2007)

believe it or not, this band used to actually be very very good. they had a different screamer and a different singer. guess those guys smartened up and got out before victory killed this band.

Anonymous (March 13, 2007)

Score is for Reversal of Man

Anonymous (March 13, 2007)

victory is shit. sorry ray but fuck victory.

Anonymous (March 13, 2007)

For album cover. Chicks rule.

Anonymous (March 13, 2007)

They have a few decent songs in terms of sound, but the lyrics are just..

I don't even have a word to describe those lyrics.

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