"The Time Is Now" (Lifeforce; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Hailing from Finland, Endstand play an infectious brand of hardcore that has irresistible, guitar-driven rhythms and acidic hardcore vocals. And therein lies the problem. The two just don't want to gel.

The music here is punk-tinged rock with hook laden guitar riffs and driving tempos. It grabs your attention at once and doesn't let go. The vocals, however, are the coarse screams that hardcore is famous for. That may work for bands like Bleeding Kansas and Unearth but it seems forced here and uneven.

Still, fans of bands that excel in this area, such as The Hope Conspiracy and Give Up the Ghost, may find this just to their liking.

Endstand: Janne - vocals; Mika - guitar; Joel - bass; Juho - guitar; Pekka - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.fireinsidemusic.com/endstand

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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