End The Agony
From The Lungs 7"

1. Plain And Simple
2. Waste
3. Grey Hue
4. Sickness
5. Untitled Song

First and sadly sole vinyl release from this Brighton duo, though they expanded to a trio following this release. Cathartic and draining noise-rock hardcore from ex-Cat On Form people.

Released 14/06/08.

Ltd. to 420 copies on black.

Co-released with:

End The Agony | Oliver, Jamie, Dan | Myspace

Maximum Rock N Roll
Slow, pained, pummelling heaviness. I can't exactly place the sound. It's not doom, metal, or hardcore. End The Agony has elements of doom, but it's more of a dirge - think along the lines of Buzzoven with a tiny bit of Dystopia and Corrupted. I can't believe this is a duo.

Brighton's End the Agony commit their nihilistic broken worldview to their first slab of vinyl. As a three piece they were one of the best bands I've seen in the past couple of years, channelling the scuzzy filth of NOOTHGRUSH via the agonised despair of DYSTOPIA and the distilled hatred of CROSSED OUT's slow parts. Recorded in their early days as a 2 piece, this lacks none of their later power, and they throttle every tortured note out as if it pains both them and you to do so. With punk rock currently reinforcing the dams against a deluge of wannabes and generic 'poserviolence', End The Agony are the real deal. Highly recommended.

There are some bands that just floor you with the pure intensity of their music, and for me, End the Agony are one of these bands. The music is a form of slow, almost dirgey hardcore with quite heavy guitars and intense, shouting vocals. The band consists of a guitarist/vocalist and a drummer/vocalist (they have, since releasing this 7”, recruited a bassist also). Considering they have such a minimal line up they manage to create a very passionate and intense sound, in fact, perhaps it’s because of this small line up the record feels so passionate, as we are able to simply see the raw emotion of the music and the musicians themselves. The hand drawn artwork and hand written lyric sheet help to add to this personal feel also. I think a lot of hardcore can often feel quite contrived, mostly due to the spate of “tough guy” hardcore, and rubbish “metalcore” currently on display, which all feels a little watered down, but End the Agony are in a whole different league, this is just pure intense, heavy music. I think the band chose a very appropriate name for themselves also, as there is a real sense of pain and anguish in this music, especially in the vocals. However, this is not presented in any kind of dramatic sense; instead we are simply shown raw emotion here. In closing, this 7” is a real gem, and I can’t recommend this enough to anyone into passionate, raw, intense music.