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Endzweck - The Grapes Of Wrath
Not too often we receive mail from Japan, but with The Grapes Of Wrath we received the debut full-length of the hardcore band Endzweck. These five Japanese guys founded the band in ’98 and after many MCDs, split CDs and participating in compilation releases the band is now ready to conquer the world with their first-ever full-length release – while looking at the playtime I wonder how long the MCDs were then, but that on a side note.

The Grapes Of Wrath was originally released in April 2006, but through the Japanse label Cosmicnote and therefore they didn’t get a European release. Two years later, with already a second full-length released in Japan, they did get a European release through I For Us Records and I must say it isn’t a bad choice.

The hardcore on this disc sounds refreshing compared to their European and American colleagues. The album is full of energy, comparable to Western releases, but the riffs are truly a bit innovative. Maybe the riffs are common in Japan, but here it’s refreshing. It’s not that they’re directly competing with the hardcore-top, but with some time and some more promotion they definitely can achieve something here.

The vocals are aggressive, the music is melodic, yet heavy and the fun of them playing their instruments is banging out of your speakers. There are just 1000 copies pressed of this release, so if you have the chance: order one. If you don’t have that chance: I For Us Records will soon release their brand new CD The Naked And The Dead, so you’ll get a second chance!
Endzweck - The Grapes Of Wrath
76/1001Details I For Us Records
Released on Sunday Apr 27th, 2008

Writer @Gilles on Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2008

Tags: #Endzweck
Tracklisting 01. The Time To Resist
02. Coercion Of Love
03. Betrayer
04. Bitter Smile
05. Sounds Of Military Boots
06. For Eternal Disobedience
07. Lies For The Right
08. Mirror And Future
09. Release
10. Capitalists And Communists
11. Strange Logic
12. Armless For Idealism
Line up Takashi Uesugi – Vocals
Akifumi Mochizuki – Drums
Hirohisa Yamaguchi – Guitar
Yoshinori Yamaguchi – Bass
Atsushi Oku – Guitar