The End Again, My Love Is Dead
Let’s get something straight up front. This band are good. Damned good. Spend your damned money, people! Dundalk natives The End Again are well worthy of it with their debut album My Love Is Dead. Some influences are obvious. They’re self-confessed Tool, Rage Against The Machine and Deftones fans, and it shows. Along with touches [...]
Let’s get something straight up front. This band are good. Damned good. Spend your damned money, people! Dundalk natives The End Again are well worthy of it with their debut album My Love Is Dead.
The point is that it all mixes together and comes out excellent. Did I mention they’re damned good?
11 tracks, 49 minutes and there’s no real clangers (not a real ballad fan, I get enough depression in the day job and if I want more, I’ll watch Eastenders), and even the ballads rock at times.
The tracks on show stand up, each in their own right – musically competent and proficient along with some cracking riffs
I found this an absolute joy to listen to. Sorry if I come across a bit gushy, but I really loved this album (and no, I have no connection to the band/friends of the band/friends of friends of the band and my dog hasn’t sniffed their dog’s arse).
The tracks on show stand up, each in their own right – musically competent and proficient along with some cracking riffs. With the vocals varying between Pro-Pain style screaming and ‘normal’ singing (split between guitarist Ronan McCrory and bassist Ger Murphy). Guitars are heavy as……well….as me I suppose (I’m a bit of a lardass), and positively rifftastic. Drums (Ian Harold), bass (Ger Murphy), guitars (Ronan McCrory and Kevin Carroll), vocals (Ronan / Ger ), all hit the mark. Production is spot on, and Jason Varley deserves kudos for that.
Best tracks? The outstanding opening trio of Identity, Running The Blade and Portrait (a gem),and There’s The Stare.
Do I recommend this? As Stone Cold would say, “Hell yeah!”
Drop-D Rating: 8.5/10
Catch them at:
24th July 7pm Electric Avenue, Waterford
31st July 7pm The Sports Bowl, Dundalk
1st August 8:30pm The Spirit Store, Georges’s Quay, Dundalk (outdoor with 6 other bands- value for money!)
7th August 8pm McHugh’s, Drogheda
8th August 8pm The Stables, Mullingar (supporting Bulls On Parade)
25th September 8:30pm The Spirit Store, Georges’s Quay, Dundalk (support tbc)
Tags: Bleed You Out, Crawl, Deftones, Dundalk, Electric Avenue, Flay Battery Records, Ger Murphy, Ian Harold, Identity, Jason Varley, Kevin Carroll, Ladywell, Life Of Agony, McHugh's, My Life My Love My Sin, My Love Is Dead, One Last Time, Portrait, Pro-Pain, Rage Against The Machine, Ronan McCrory, Running The Blade, Silence, The End Again, The Rain, The Spirit Store, The Sports Bowl, The Stables, There's The Stare, Tool