DESERT NEAR THE END – Hunt For the Sun
A Greek power/thrash band, Desert Near the End on their second album "Hunt for the Sun" live for the galloping riff, gritty melodic vocals, and a boatload of rapid fire double bass salvos amidst these 8 songs. This trio of musicians pack plenty of punch in their picking and speedy changes – combining a lot of latter day Bay Area thrash elements from acts such as Forbidden and Heathen with the mid-tempo power of long time veterans Iced Earth, yet occasionally veering into Pantera groove pastures. The constant double bass barrage grows weary by "A Sunset of Our Own", and that’s not a good sign to keeping my interest 3 songs/ 15 minutes in to a 48 minute record.
The exotic, clean guitar parts for "Angel of the Deep" was a left-field entry that should be further developed for Desert Near the End to gain originality to their approach. As such, "Hunt for the Sun" is one of those records that contains decent musicianship and execution, but not enough strong hooks and riffs to really contain those memorable tracks that will live on for a lifetime.