"A Feeble Attempt..." (Self-produced; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

The band An End To October hails from Hattiesburg, Mississippi Ė and I canít think of more unlikely place for this type of band to come from. Forming from the ashes of several other bands, An End To October took their time writing material and released a three-song demo titled "A Feeble Attempt Ö" in 2003. 

Despite its brevity, "A Feeble Attempt Ö" is a jagged example of emo/screamo/metalcore that separates itself from this now crowded scene. I identified three factors that come into play with "A Feeble Attempt Ö": a more extensive use of keyboards than Iíve heard used in the genre works in the bandís favor, a broader musical vision of what can be incorporated into the genre, and a song-writing focus that appreciates mood and progression over sheer, blunt-force dynamics. That might not seem like much to brag about, but it is a pretty impressive set of things And End To October bring to their music.

It must be noted that Iíve made a significant attempt to learn as much as I can about the exploding emo/screamo/metalcore scene. Lots of the bands in this genre tend to run all together and can barely distinguish themselves even over the course of a full album. This is not the case with An End To Octoberís "A Feeble Attempt Ö" as it makes its mark pretty quickly. While emo/metalcore will never become my favorite genre of heavy music, I am intrigued by the possibility of what An End To October might be able to achieve.

"A Feeble Attempt Ö" was produced by An End To October.

An End To October: Dusty Gardner on vocals, Eric Jamison on guitar, Aaron Rayborn on keyboards, Spence Townsend on bass, and Allen Jones on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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