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Endstand - The Time Is Now
“Finland’s Endstand never really cared about trends in punk-music and are best known for playing passionate hardcore with scathing vocals and songs full of catchy melodic guitars”, is what the first line of their bio tells me. Well, to be honest I really wonder why the hell you should care about trends in punk music when you’re making hardcore, but that sentence sure sounds promising. Let’s see if it’s true.
What they should have said was that they didn’t tag along with all those new metalcore acts, because these guys sure posses their own sound. Straight up hardcore with the occasional (but quite original) beatdowns with indeed some nice melodies and extremely tormented and pissed of vocals. They’ve been around for ten years now and have played over 500 shows outside of their homeland. This is their third full length (never heard any other material to be honest) and it sounds very strong to me.
The album sounds very convincing to me, the songs all add up and the production is nice to listen to. Especially the sound of the bass guitar tickles my nutsack.  Add their originality and you’ve got something strong going. It could be that it’s just me never having heard of the bands they are compared to, like The Hope Conspiracy, Kid Dynamite, Negative Approach and Amulet, but I’d say they’re doing something different. Beats me man.
At first I had trouble getting through the album, mainly due to the vocals. They are very nasty, yet very convincing when you listen more often. If I only could understand a word he is saying…
So I guess it’s safe to say that this is a hardcore band that is beyond average, and that is a welcome relief. It’s not the type of hardcore I could listen to for days, but an occasional spin would be just fine.
Endstand - The Time Is Now
70/1001Details Lifeforce Records
Released on Monday Apr 10th, 2006

Writer @DemonDust on Friday Jul 21st, 2006

Tags: #Endstand
Tracklisting 1. Way Out
2. Whatever It Takes
3. King Of Drama
4. Counting The Days
5. Right From The Start
6. To Feel Alive
7. Lost Balance
8. These Scars Won\'t Heal
9. Empty Promises
10. Sometimes Dreams Might Come True
Line up Janne – vocals
Mika – guitar
Joel – bass
Tapio – guitar
Pekka – drums