6 September 2011

Unearthed Review: Perpetual End. Three and a half stars.

| johnboy
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Unearthed Review continues its inexorable progress through the Canberra musicians on the TripleJ Unearthed website.

By popular request today we’re having a listen to Perpetual End.

They have this to say about themselves:

Perpetual End was formed in 2005 based in Canberra, Australia. It’s founding members are Nick Smith (drums), Lindsay Mercovich (bass), Leith Wilson (guitars) and Dean McLaren (vocals), with Lead Guitarist Danny Falls Joining the lineup late 2009. Their sound is a fusion of Hard Rock and Alternative Metal and has been compared to such popular bands as Faith No More, Mudvayne and System Of A Down.

Spending the first 2 years rehearsing, writing and recording several demos, Perpetual End decided it was time to start performing and played their first gig on December 20th 2007 at a local venue, The Basement. The show was a great early success for the band and has allowed for a solid fan base to grow on good foundations. After several months of live shows and placing 2nd in the 2008 local heat of the Global Battle of the Bands competition, they had finished writing songs for their debut EP. In the spring of ’08, Perpetual End recorded their first official release with Alex Dietrich at Bullseye Studios.

The self-titled CD was received well by fans and skeptics alike, paving the way for their live show to expand and share the stage with several Australian artists including; Mz Ann Thropik, Charlie Greaser, Switchblade, Not O.K, Our Last Enemy and Entropy.

Popular Australian radio and internet competition, Triple J’s “Unearthed” saw Perpetual End hold 3 songs “Mourning Afterkill” “Sin For Beliefs” and “Lick The Eyes” in the top 5 of the Metal chart in November / December of 2008.
This catapulted the group’s fast growing reputation for their energetic live shows, thumping drumbeats and music that paints emotion you can really feel.

In 2010, the band focused their attention on new material and media outlets, including a video for a track from their EP, the upcoming launch of perpetualend.com and finding success online with Jango Internet Radio.
This, paired with qualifying to the regional finals of the ’09 Global Battle of the Bands and performing at Canberra’s “Little Day Out”, Perpetual End are prepared more than ever to reach out to a wider audience.

Perpetual End already has thousands of hits on their YouTube and MySpace websites from fans in countries such as Canada, USA, Germany, Italy, Russia and the UK.
The band plans to tour nationally in 2010 and looks forward to another recording which is sure to satisfy their local and international fans once again.

To their list of “sounds like” I’d like to throw in Metallica, Helloween, and Joe Satriani.

But here’s the problem.

At any given moment they sound like some band or another, but rarely like a coherent fusion to form a particular sound.

Perpetual End are often at their best in their instrumentals, rather than using the instrumental work as a launchpad for the lyrics.

Having said that, it’s not bad stuff by any means.

Some very solid musicianship and slick recording.

Well worth a listen if you like some metal in your music.

Three and a half stars.

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