ENDZEIT – Years of Hunger
Endzeit hails from Finland and offers a damn fine slab of intense and sickeningly dark black metal from the deepest pit of Hell…or, in this case, Finland, I suppose. The band is relatively new in that it was spawned in 2012, and Years of Hunger is the first output by the the four scummy Finns that make up Endzeit.
There are lots of great melodies and catchy riffs throughout the 5 songs that constitute this EP and the musicianship is excellent. There are also lots of subtle details and nuances that one discovers following multiple spins and focused listening sessions, so it is not one-dimensional by any stretch of the imagination. In terms of moods and atmospheres, Endzeit does a fine job at creating and evoking somewhat epic and majestic spheres of sound in some places while at other times the whole vibe is downright nasty, filthy and rotten. The song entitled "Life?" is a great example of that. Lyrically, the band focuses and reflects on decay in a myriad of different ways, and it is important to stress that both the musical and lyrical aspects of Years of Hunger match and complement each other perfectly.
Overall, I must say that I am impressed by this hard-hitting and yet varied and dynamic release. This is clearly something that I will be listening to again in the future. If misanthropy is your cup of urine then by all means support this new and interesting band.