"Hammer and the Anvil" (Self-released; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

End of the Century are an "Orange County metalcore quintet." How redundant, huh? Add End the Century's name into the bingo cage of bands whose feral screaming sounds like a rabid animal's revenge, as the six-track "Hammer and the Anvil" presents a band full of fire but who also seriously lack the compelling compositions to properly get their power across.

Tinny guitars, stock arrangements, and overwrought devices are milked to excess here, making this disc a frustrating listen from start to finish.

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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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