Bloody Death – End Call

3.5/10

At its best, End Call by British artist Bloody Death sounds like songs J. Masics left on the cutting room floor of a Dinosaur Jr jam session. At its worst, it sounds like song idea voicemails Masics left himself while drunk.

Songs like “Quit It Quick,” “Chill Out + Have Some Weed Dad” and “Not There” clock in at under a minute, and simply sound like a sample of a song that has yet to be finished. It’s an odd phenomenon, since you’re never quite sure if you’re still listening to the last song.

This album doesn’t provoke any emotions in me, and the music and vocals sound lackadaisical. There’s nothing here driving or compelling. It sometimes sounds like the lamentations of a half-asleep stoner set over a demo played at half speed. Even standout track “The Past Is Boring” ironically manages to make the present boring. It shows the most signs of promise with a more fleshed-out and moving sound, but still falls short.

I’m a big fan of the nineties, and I do applaud someone who’s trying to bring that back. Don’t get me wrong, there is potential here, it’s just unrealized. This album slots in perfectly in the shoegaze wave that marked the mid-nineties. It emulates a lot of the sounds and themes quite well, it just doesn’t do much to make them its own.

This release seems to fall under a trend that has been sweeping the indie scene, the trend of just putting music online that’s not nearly polished or evolved enough for mass consumption. The internet has given everyone a medium to put out music quickly, which a lot of bands use to rush it out there. Take some time and let it ferment. Spend some time with your music, let it evolve. I’m reminded of Wolfmother, who jammed for four years before officially becoming a band and playing their first show. Maybe that’s an extreme example, but if you’re serious about being a musician, don’t put out material that’s not ready.

This album is an amalgam of three previous EPs. Why not use this opportunity to re-record them? Show some growth. I’m sure recording three EPs teaches a musician a lot about the process, even if it’s in the garage. This seems like the perfect opportunity to fix some of the things you might’ve done differently with more experience.

Written by Richard Brunette
*edited by Kate Erickson

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Richard Brunette was raised on 90s music. He vowed that he wouldn’t become one of those people who told kids music was way better back in his day, but alas he often finds himself thinking it. His first album review was Sublime’s eponymous album, and his first concert review was Pantera at Metropolis. Can you blame him for thinking it? He digs rock and metal above all, but has an open mind for anything done well and creatively. He still holds hope that the new Tool album will be released before the Expos come back to his hometown of Montreal. He is the author of a critically acclaimed novel titled the Feathered Serpent. It centers on the mythology of angels and demons and the redemption of Lucifer. He is also the captain of a pirate ship quartermastered by fellow Buckethead Jason Greenberg.

3 Comments

  1. I’ve listened to this album and completely disagree. Just because music isn’t polished and build within pops common structure doesn’t mean its not thought provoking and sparks emotion. I liked the songs, sure it’s super d.i.y but it’s this a pure form of artistry? It’s raw and grungey. Not everyone will like it, but it sounds great to me. Maybe it’s the older generation

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