At No End – Building The Rebellion

This album has a big hardcore influence, so if that’s a turnoff to you, you should probably stop reading now. At No End is about 50% thrash metal/crossover, and about the same amount split between oldschool ’80s hardcore and modern First Blood style toughguy (the vocals are actually extremely similar to those of that latter band). There’s not much in the way of super-overt hardcore elements like breakdowns, but the influence is a large part of At No End’s music, and all for the better, because as far as modern thrash/metalcore goes, this is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while.

When you’re fusing two genres together that rely so heavily on attitude to be convincing, you’d sure as hell better have it if you want to crank out a good release. Fortunately, if there’s one thing that At No End has, it’s that uncompromising toughguy attitude that never quite spills over into Hatebreed-territory silliness. The band plays hard and intensely, with fierce shouted vocals, a robust drum performance and heavy, solid riffs throughout. Additionally, the fast-paced thrash sections actually manage to be as interesting as the slow, chug-driven ones (an issue that seems to be difficult to overcome for many hardcore-influenced artists), and the music as a whole possesses a good level of variation in tempo and rhythm throughout.

‘Building The Rebellion’ is incredibly catchy. The album’s short running time (clocking in at a mere 27 minutes) allows each of the equally short nine tracks to stick in the listener’s head with engaging rhythms and lyrics. I appreciate the band’s ability to get the point across in a very brief amount of time (the longest track is just a hair over three and a half minutes), which prevents the LP from getting overly samey. On a similar note, there’s really stuff here to please everyone, from fans of Anthrax to those of the Cro-Mags, or even the Bury Your Dead fanciers among us. Perhaps the middle material is executed the best on tracks like ‘We Had Enough’, which are right out of the Cro-Mags book of uptempo, aggressive crossover with a definite attitude and hard shell of quality musicianship and songwriting.

While the decision to buy this album will be significantly based on your enjoyment of the band’s choice of influences, I personally think that ‘Building The Rebellion’ is an excellent starting piece from At No End, and I’m eagerly awaiting more brutal, pounding thrashcore from this four-piece. Whether you like your material oldschool, modern, or a blend of both, there’s something you’ll find here that’s easy to love and keep loving for a long time.

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~ by noktorn on December 22, 2007.

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