Oh, to be young and goth again. The Lost End are an Oklahoma post-punk band who just released their self-titled album this in February 2018. The album is seven tracks of dark vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and hypnotic rhythms that flirt with metal and goth rock. The Lost End shows some serious potential with this debut, but I feel like they missed the mark.
The Lost End kicks off with the song “Self Control,” a track which sets the tone for the whole album; repetitive, almost trance-like guitar work with brooding vocals reminiscent of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis or Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy. The song “Viking Attack” falls right in the middle and has some great metal guitar strumming in the chorus that helps bring a heavier vibe to the album. My favourite song on The Lost End has to be “As A Ghost.” Closing out the album, the track boasts a few memorable verses as well as an interesting chord progression in the chorus. The song has some interesting moments that, unfortunately, I didn’t hear throughout the rest of the album.
The main problem I have with The Lost End is just how repetitive the album gets. I understand the idea of trying to lull your listener into a trance or to slowly build upon a passage throughout a song, but The Lost End don’t accomplish either for me. There are short bits of variation on repeated passages in songs like “The Stop Next” and “Bending Minds,” but they are few and far between. The recurring guitar riffs and vocal melodies just aren’t interesting enough for me to want to hear them so many times.
I think The Lost End are on the right track, but I also think there’s a good amount of room to improve.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Mike Milito