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End The Sin Of Human Frailty

The Sin Of Human Frailty
1. A Predator Yourself 2. Gaping Wounds of Earth 3. The Sin of Human Frailty 4. Thaw 5. Embodyment of Grief 6. Twice Devoured Kill 7. Worthless Is The Lamb 8. Hollow Urn 9. Infest 10. Leper
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Our score 8


The term “supergroup” has always been a loaded one, specifically in extreme music where many times the end result can amount of a watered down version of members previous or current bands. This is not the case with New Jersey metallic hardcore band END, a band consisting of members from Counterparts, Fit For An Autopsy, Shai Hulud, and Reign Supreme that manages to eclipse them all in terms of heaviness and outright intensity. From their 2017 debut EP From The Unforgiving Arms Of God and onward, End has always leaned towards the most abrasive and volatile aspects of metalcore, and their subsequent debut full length and split with like minded band Cult Leader only further solidified this. That’s not to say they haven’t evolved as a band, as their two songs on the aforementioned split also dabbled with some electronic and industrial influences, adding a further layer of chaos to their blistering assault. With The Sin of Human Frailty their second full length, they’re diving deeper into those new sonic influences, resulting in their most dynamic and engaging release to date.

Sonically, END don’t reinvent the wheel as much as they reinforce it to destroy everything it rolls over. Take the unbridled chaotic energy of earlier Converge and combine it with the crushing metallic force of Harm's Way and you’ve got a pretty clear view of what’s in store for you here. Each of the 10 songs on this record hit with the force of a sledgehammer, from the frantic and furious blastbeats of just over one minute opening salvo “A Predator Yourself” or the multiple insane grooves and breakdowns that permeate every song. Almost every second of this record is razor sharp and absolutely relentless, packed to the brim with some of the hardest hitting moments you’ll hear on any metallic hardcore record this year. Even the later album cut “Hollow Urn” - which stands as possibly the most experimental song on this record -  eventually moves from a foreboding industrial atmosphere in it's opening to an scorched earth finale that’s just as violent and pit inducing as the rest of this record. 

END is a band that champions relentless intensity and this record proves that they were just getting started with previous releases. I will say that while the industrial influences on this record are certainly more prevalent than previous releases, ultimately this is a metalcore record at it’s heart, which in a way is a bit disappointing as when these influences do pop up, they’re perfectly executed and never sound like they were thrown in just for the hell of it. It makes me wonder how game changing and unique this record could have been had they gone even further down this path, though one could argue that’s a fine line and maybe there’s just enough here. Either way what is here is enough to set them apart from a majority of the other bands in the current era, and it still adds a level of dynamics that many metal and hardcore releases lack entirely.

From a production standpoint, The Sin Of Human Frailty is most certainly a high water mark for the band. Produced and Engineered by the band’s own guitarist Will Putney, every aspect of this album sounds absolutely massive. Putney has proven himself a seasoned and experience producer in his own right, but the fact that he’s also a guitarist in END lends them the asset of him having a very clear understanding of what best works sonically for the band. Despite how chaotic their music can be, there’s a crisp, hard hitting clarity to everything and not a single instrument feels lesser or buried in the mix. There’s plenty of low end as well, ensuring that every single punch thrown is as hard as the last. Putney’s work with End brings to mind Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou’s work on their later material, with a  quality of recording arguably only possible with someone at the helm who’s so intimately familiar with a band’s inner workings.

Bottom Line: Diving further into the industrial influences that were shown on their previous split with Cult Leader while still remaining as relentless and heavy as ever, The Sin Of Human Frailty has END grabbing their own unique place in the current era of metallic hardcore and makes it crystal clear that they have no intention of resting on the laurels of the supergroup label or the success of the members other bands. This is one of the most engaging and relentless metallic hardcore releases of the year, and one that will without a doubt position them as one of the frontrunners in the genre moving forward.


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anonymous 43 days ago

I am straight edge I am straight edge I poop my pants and Ill crap in your butt I have a poodle because I like the first three letters of the name Please have me over for dinner, so I can pee on the table

easyhateoven 43 days ago

no minorities; no 9/10

anonymous 43 days ago


anonymous 43 days ago

It should get a 10/10 for the lack of minorities in the band

easyhateoven 43 days ago


Bortslob 43 days ago

Not quite Zulu level.

anonymous 43 days ago

Worst review on lambgoat

turnstile 43 days ago


anonymous 43 days ago

An 8, I'm shocked

anonymous 43 days ago

How dare y'all review a band that doesn't have a black in it! Racist!

anonymous 43 days ago

Zulu pisses on this shit.

anonymous 42 days ago

I will give it a 9/11 - both literally and figuratively.

anonymous 41 days ago

Wow, they went full Code Orange and Lambgoat loves it. Weird.

NorthFromHere 41 days ago

^^ Code Orange's fanbase on the other hand, completely rejected their weak new album. Sales are running less than half of Underneath's at this point in time after release.

anonymous 41 days ago

Lambgoat - ever considered just removing the comment section completely? Cesspit

anonymous 38 days ago

All these people talking about no minorities in the band when the bass player is Asian.

anonymous 38 days ago

"All these people talking about no minorities in the band when the bass player is Asian." Mush brain incels gonna mush brain

anonymous 36 days ago

It's probably a single mouthbreather making every shitty racist comment. Make himself feel safe in imaginary anon numbers.

anonymous 35 days ago

Its very dramatic.

lake_flaccid 34 days ago

Overrated band that sounds like Fit for an Autopsy and Counterparts playing in a sandbox together.

anonymous 30 days ago

Editing error in the FIRST sentence of this review.