The End At The Beginning
The phrase “coloring within the lines” is always seen as a slight, a remark that a band lacks originality. However, when you’re from Italy, well maybe you have enough artistic ability to craft something beautiful out of the familiar. The End At The Beginning have a sound that feels right out of Lancaster, PA, recalling August Burns Red, Texas In July, and This Or The Apocalypse. Like the latter band, The End At The Beginning utilizes atypical songwriting, well-placed clean vocal lines, and effective breakdowns (the electronic outro to “Plagues” is especially fun) to make for an impressive listen. Most of Revelations is anything but a revelation to those who have followed the genre for a while, but this Italian band gets much more right than wrong.
In fact, Revelations, above all else is a consistent, carefully plotted record. It’s not exactly progressive metalcore (we’ve heard most of this before), but these Italians really know what they’re doing to keep things interesting. “Dissipate” has a post-rock-influenced finale fueled by what sounds like a choir. One of the best things about the band is their use of classical compositions. When a clean melody arises, it feels more like something from a symphony than a Rise Records act, and while the clean vocals are rough and not always on point, the unique classical flair is certainly welcome. It adds to the feeling that Revelations, despite its flaws, is more artistic. The more melodic sections are reminiscent of early Ice Nine Kills’ in a good way.
Not everything works, of course. “Survivor” has a tacky synth-y intro and a gun cock before things begin. It’s actually a good song, but the over-long mid-song breakdown and gun noise are big issues. “Oblivio” is a classical interlude that feels quite unnecessary and starts a string of lesser tunes. Thankfully, “Parallel” steers the ship, and the final two tracks contain some of the record’s best melodies and riffs. It’s not exactly fair or true to call this a djent album, but the guitar tone is delightfully bouncy, and it complements the band’s solid melodies throughout. Overall, this record won’t change your opinion on metalcore, but with some very welcome classical touches and impressive musicianship, The End At The Beginning are happy to offer up a beautiful batch of modern metalcore, even if it is coloring in the lines.