Brutal death metal has been evolving over the last couple of years, and it has been heading in the right direction in my humble opinion. It isn’t just about the ground and pound approach anymore. It still is about ground and pound and beating you until your knocked senseless, but it’s more melodic and is packing more content. Everyone wants content, smart writing, and a well put together album. With Endless Affliction you get all of the above in a ten track thirty-seven minute album titled Savage Retribution.
Endless Affliction hails from Greece, and what I noticed first were the lyrics. I like reading the lyrics first before I really get into the album and listen to the music. The lyrics are well thought out and well crafted, and best of all it’s all about Greek Mythology. The fact that the lyrics are of Greek Mythology is a fresh breath into a genre that normally focuses on death, and despair and the evisceration of corpses. Each song tells a story, and a very compelling one at that. Coupled with these stories and lyrics are the raw, thunderous vocals that would make the Gods shake. There is enough energy in them to bring houses down and shake the streets, making mere mortals quake in fear. The vocals range from guttural, to gravely mids putting forth some variation keeping you on your toes. While vocals are an important part of every style of singing, that is only half the battle however.
The rest of the battle comes from the instrumentation and musicianship. While only on their second album, Endless Affliction baffle the mind with their furious style of play. The guitar work is tight and would set any normal person’s fingers ablaze, the drums are ripping and ever relentless, the bass present and skull rattling. Throughout the ten songs, there are quite a few spicy guitar solos and intricate guitar work that would catch anyone’s attention. The blast beats from the drums hit your chest with a force so driving it ejects your organs right through your back. The music truly is savage. Thunderous, downright punishing, something the Gods would be proud of and head bang to in Olympus.
Check these gents out from Greece on Bandcamp, you will not be disappointed.