"Elementary" (Relapse; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Canadian metal act The End play a dark and brooding progressive style of metal which embraces technical playing yet still manages to lash out with the aggression of ten tough guy bands on cuts like "Awake?"

The abrasive riff and jerky groove of "Dangerous" proves the band picked an apt title, while "Throwing Stones" emits the perfect amalgamation of A Perfect Circle, Deftones, Chevelle, and Strapping Young Lad's best moments with a killer hook to boot.

"Elementary" resonates all of the beloved nuances of today's metal upper echelon craftily compacted into cohesive cuts of prime metal.

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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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