"So Shall It Be" (Thorp; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Pennsylvania's How It Ends pile on the sludge on "So Shall It Be," the band's bludgeoning 11-track release. Armed with lyrics laden with lament and despair, this trio plays fast, down-tuned odes that sound like Crowbar revved up on speed. 

How It Ends make sounding evil as hell seem easy as their winning formula of crushing guitars, relentless percussion, and tortured vocals makes their sound the perfect mesh of hardcore's violent tendencies and metal's powerful grooves. Beware the pit when these guys are around as there's bound to be a scuffle to flee from, as How It End's music will instantaneously flip the switch in your brain from normal to insane mode.

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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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