By Dusty Ray
End All’s debut album Coexist is a monstrosity worthy of any metal fan’s ears. Blend industrial with progressive metal, add in some avant-garde sensibility and a little electronica, and you have End All. The schizophrenia inherent in the Greeley duo’s music makes for a powerful and disturbing listening experience.
“Mortuus Vir Pedes” hits hard with laser guitar and drums ripping through metal riffs with ability and originality, and all the while a displaced synth line runs around the track, giving it a disconnected and alien feel. Interjections of radio samples and what sounds like a vicious battle lend to the overarching gothic quality of the track.
“Lucid Placid Acid” is an upbeat electronic track that reveals End All’s penchant for confusing the listener with jumps in genre. The idea that metal and electronica can fit so well together on an album reveals the bravery of the band. They show little restraint with their musical ideas and songwriting, but this is to their advantage.
Coexist ends on a very progressive note with “Deuces Ride!,” an instrumental track that jumps between toned down interludes and rapid metal phrasing.
It is hard to trace just where End All’s influences come from; shades of Opeth, Skinny Puppy, and even Aphex Twin reveal themselves throughout Coexist, but the band’s dark nuttiness is wholly reminiscent of Idiot Flesh. Listening to this album is at times like gazing into the gaping depths of hell, and at others like attending a rave where all the dancers are flesh-eating deformities.