"End of the World" (Self-produced; 2003)

Reviewed by Jason Savage


Jendza call Detroit home, even though they want us to believe they are from space. Taking a page from KISS 101, Jendza sport white Kabuki makeup that portrays them as apocalyptic vampires from the outer reaches of space. Musically, they sound like a clash between KISS meets David Bowie at war with modern metal and Goth armies. There are many different elements at work here, which is most evident on "Say It." The song uses Suicidal Tendencies-styled vocals, a la Mike Muir. 

The next track, "Friend," bleeds mellow Blue Oyster Cult while "Memory" smokes with its crunching riffs and solo. "It's Hard to be a Boy" and "Sour Wine" bring Alice Cooper to mind. Jendza even make use of the piano on "Boulevard."

Lead vocalist Derek Jendza and the rest of the band have truly captured the spirit of the 70s with their harmonies and classic guitar riffs. "End of the World" is a rare work of art. Buy this CD immediately.

Jendza: Derek Jendza - lead vocals; Brad Jendza - bass & vocals; Lawrence Richard - drums; Seth Bawcum - guitar.

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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