As far as I’m concerned, honest crooks don’t exist, but these guys called Honest Crooks do. Honest Crooks play beatdown in the heaviest sense of the word and End of Life was put out through Hombre Records in Australia.
The EP is only three tracks long hence it being an EP instead of a full length. What Honest Crooks do really well is combine all three songs into one long track of punishing beatdown. The songs flow well just like the blood will from your nose after getting cracked in the face by this EP.
Other than the fluidity of the songs, the EP is an unrelenting force that never lets its boot off of your throat. End of Life demands more listens by you forcing your hand toward the play button after it is finished. The listening experience is as enjoyable as it is mauling, and it is very enjoyable to listen to.
The guitars are filled with crushing riffs when needed and transition flawlessly into the slower beatdown riffs when the song calls for it. The drums are powerful and crush your weak little skull as if a brick of dynamite was shoved down your throat, the bass cracks your ribs, and the vocals are completely monstrous.
There is no escape from Honest Crooks. They grab a hold of you from the very beginning and thrash you around as if they were an alligator and you were its prey. End of Life is a twisting, writhing mass of hate fueled metal aimed directly for your head. As much of a driving force this EP is, and as physically exhausted as you feel after listening, you are more than obliged to press play again. The songs are poisonous, infecting your mind and commanding you to destroy and expunge any living thing that opposes you.
The destructive nature of Honest Crooks is brought on by smart song writing, crafting of the album, and great musicianship. The EP will be stuck in your head for days, mainly because it will stomp in directly into your cranium so you don’t forget it.