Power Prog Records
Words: Craig Hartranft
The history of Brazil's Endless dates back better than 20 years, and includes two early albums at the turn of the century, only to be followed by some chaotic times. But now ten years from their last album, Endless is resurrected with new enthusiasm and a third album, The Truth, The Chaos, The Insanity.
It also appears that the band decided to pull out all the stops, go big as it were, with their comeback album. The music within is almost as long as the album title, 12 tracks clocking at over an hour. Yet, while there's much to be considered, with patience, there's much to be enjoyed.
Endless begins with something fundamental, classic melodic heavy metal, then stirs in the pace of power metal and some intrigue with progressive metal. But, this isn't overly technical material. You won't get lost in the arrangements, mostly because the compositions are held together by harmony and melody, whether by twin guitar harmony, hooks in melody and refrains, or Vitor Veiga's clean and melodic vocal style and arrangements. This fellow may be the hidden gem within Endless. Besides, being principally melodic, his best vocal virtue may be his vocal control. He's never out of range, never goes screamo, always stays with the music, and elevates the melody. He's probably classically trained. I could listen to this guy sing all day.
After these things, songs and music are rather epic. Bold riffs create the proverbial 'wall of riffage,' with keyboards adding atmosphere to symphonic embellishment. Then the pace, when quickening, adds a sense of urgency to the songs. The flair and flourish then comes with the abundant guitar solos. If you love lead guitar, you will love this album.
Considering a few songs. You get some straightforward galloping power metal from The Code Of Light Or Black Veil Of Madness. Conversely, Lady Of The Lake dials back on the speed for a more steady melodic metal anthem, again with those bold riffs and Veiga's strong vocal presence. Alternatively, most songs mix tempos and signatures, while giving all players and instruments time to stretch. Notable is Puppets On A Stage, where guitar solos go, in succession, from steady to quick and fiery like so many fireworks. Within Save Me From Myself the keyboards have a bit more presence at least at the start, then bowing to the background. Otherwise, the song quickly moves into charging power metal, yet with some sweet choral vocals.
Fundamentally, Endless' The Truth, The Chaos, The Insanity is premium melodic progressive power metal, well composed and well executed by some talented musicians, and something that will please the most discerning fan of the genre. Hopefully, they'll stick together and return with more in the future. Easily recommended.
Endless' The Truth, The Chaos, The Insanity is premium melodic progressive power metal, well composed and well executed by some talented musicians, and something that will please the most discerning fan of the genre.
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