Album Reviews

End of September – End of September Review

Released by: Ulterium Records

Release Date: May 11th, 2012

Genre: Melodic Metal

Links: http://www.endofseptember.net/

 

Line Up:

Elin Redin – vocals

Erik Tordsson – guitars & vocals

Johan Nöjd – bass

Johan Svensson – drums

 

Tracklist:

01. Isolated

02. Fallen

03. A place to go

04. Exile

05. Inner voice

06. Left in this world

07. Waiting for the rain

08. Silence

09. Autumn breaks

 

Maybe it’s just me, but it really seems that here has been a glut of female fronted metal bands hitting the scene hard the last couple of years. I suppose this is mostly in part to there being so many fantastic female fronted metal bands taking the scene by storm already with the likes of Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Evanescence, and even prominent heavier bands like Otep, In This Moment, and Arch Enemy there has never been a time more prepared for such an onslaught. Scandinavian band End Of September are eager to add their name to this illustrious list. And after hearing their debut self-titled album on Ulterium Records I think they stand a good chance of making that happen.

Instantly comparisons to Lacuna Coil popped in my head. Her voice is not unlike that of Christina Scabbia’s and musically they tend to lean more towards the heavier edge with the melodic sense that keeps their sound current. On first listen I was ready to say they were more or less a copy band, which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. I mean, if you’re a fan of one band, then it stands to reason that you would also enjoy a band doing basically the same thing. However upon further spins, though there is a definite commonality between the two, End Of September gives their own personal take on it. Obviously as with most bands of this style, the voice is what draws the listener in and Elin Redin’s is quite lovely. She truly has a gift, there’s no denying that. On songs like “Silence,” “Fallen,” “Left In This World,” and “Isolated” they certainly have the tools to take them to the top. Her natural voice meshes perfectly with the groove of the band. Heavy guitar riffs with a good groove, atmospheric keyboard work, and a strong backing rhythm create a sound that keeps them current with the scene without being entirely cookie cutter.

There’s really no reason for End Of September to not wind up being spoken in the same breath as the aforementioned bands. Even if someone else was to see them as not necessarily completely unique, their sound certainly sets them apart, if for no other reason than the hauntingly beautiful vocals. She doesn’t sound like she comes from serious training as much as she was simply born with a gift. I hope more people get to hear it.

 

Written by Chris

Ratings    Chris    7/10

 

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