Thursday, April 8, 2021

The End - Elementary (2007)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:

Years before Tesseract, Periphery, and their legions of disciples were fusing heady, math-y heaviness with dark, melodic alt metal, there was Elementary. It kinda sounds like if hardcore-Cave In and alt-Cave In made a record together. Unfortunately, fans of The End never stopped pining for the Calculating Infinity-worship of their debut EP, and they never really found a new audience to replace the old one. Thus, both of the band's excellent Relapse albums were largely either ignored or hated on, and they broke up shortly after the second one (Elementary) was released. Frowny-face.

Track listing:
1. Dangerous
2. The Never Ever Aftermath
3. Animals
4. The Moth and I
5. Throwing Stones
6. My Abyss
7. Awake?
8. A Fell Wind
9. In Distress
10. And Always...

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I absolutely loved this album from the first moment I heard it back when it came out, and I never understood why people didn't gel with it. The Cave-In comparison is spot-on, too.

    1. So glad to know I'm not alone. I had got into them via a blind purchase of Within Dividia based on the album art -- I was expecting doom metal, but I fucking loved it. Then Elementary came out and I thought it was their masterpiece, but no one I knew was into it. This included people who liked Tool, Cave In, DEP, etc. And when I posted it on my old blog, all I got was one comment from someone who wanted to inform me that they only liked the first EP. Still a mystery to me why this band didn't blow up.

    2. Same for me. I saw them live on their Tour for this record with HeavyHeavylowlow and they were absolutely stunning, a shame that they never had the success they deserved, especially for this Album here.

  2. Could you post that second?