Your End – Ghost Architecture | Your End


 

Όταν είδα κάπου να υμνείται μία μπάντα με το όνομα Your End αρχικά την σνόμπαρα, καθώς είχα την εσφαλμένη εντύπωση ότι θα πρόκειται για κανένα deathcore ή atmodeath σχήμα που δεν είναι και πολύ της αρεσκείας μου. Μετά είδα ότι παίζουν war metal. Για όσους δεν το έχουν πολυψάξει αυτός είναι ένας σχετικά νέος όρος που περιγράφει μπάντες με death υπόβαθρο, αλλά εξωφρενικά χαοτικό ήχο και συνθέσεις. Έχει αποδοθεί μεταχρονολογημένα ο χαρακτηρισμός αυτός σε μπάντες όπως οι Teitanblood ή οι Blasphemy (το κομμάτι τους “Blasphemous Attack” διασκευάζεται από τους Your End), ενώ ένα δυνατό φετινό παράδειγμα είναι το “Within a World Forgotten” των Infernal Coil. Για μένα πάντως War metal ήταν, είναι και θα είναι οι Bolt Thrower, οπότε δεν πρόκειται να ξαναχρησιμοποιήσω ξανά αυτόν τον ορισμό για μπάντες της κλάσης των Your End. Και για να δώσω ένα ακόμη επιχείρημα παραθέτω τους (γαμάτους) στίχους του κομματιού “An Unbegotten Memory of Lust and Agony” :
You came to me as I was
A mighty tree destroyed by nature’s call
Blackened by the earth
Washed away with the tides

You were what I wanted you to be
The embodiment of pleasure
Sleek and marvelous
But so distant and agonizing

You were a being, so virtuous and heavenly
One that would turn the gears of time
Destroy empires and flood civilization
Yet locked into stone

Leagues, both distance and men, were foes
It was perceived as folly
Only to look upon it, face it
Seeking death as an afterthought

Though like many before
A shimmering memory only to fade
Eaten by the wormhole of my conscious
Regurgitated and buried under weathered earth

Day by day observing your path
Day by day flourishing together
Day by day meeting our foes
Day by day dying together

Δεν ξέρω για εσάς, αλλά εγώ δεν μπορώ να ονομάσω War metal οτιδήποτε φέρει τέτοιους στίχους, ασχέτως μουσικής. I rest my case…. Πάμε παρακάτω. Οι Your End είναι ένα τρίο, τα μέλη των οποίων έχουν παίξει σε ουκ ολίγες μπάντες, μερικές γνωστές σε μένα σαν όνομα και μόνο, χωρίς να τις έχω ακούσει (πχ. Hateful Transgression, Decimated Humans, Chainsaw Disgorgement, Neckbeard Deathcamp). Μπορώ να υποθέσω ότι συσσωρευμένη εμπειρία όλων τους βρίσκει πεδίον έκφρασης λαμπρόν στα “Ghost Architecture” και “Your End”, τα δύο άλμπουμ δηλαδή που κυκλοφόρησαν οι Your End μέσα στο 2018. Θα είναι διπλή, λοιπόν η παρουσίαση, εφόσον δεν υπάρχουν και σημαντικές μουσικές μεταξύ των δύο δίσκων. Ανελέητο, βάναυσο, βασανιστικό, σάπιο, εκκωφαντικό death metal, με πολύπλοκη δομή και αβυσσαλέες ταχύτητες, οι οποίες διακόπτονται ενίοτε από αργόσυρτα, επιθανάτια doom περάσματα. Δεν περιγράφω άλλο…. Αν νιώθετε την μαζοχιστική ανάγκη να αυτοβασανιστείτε ακούστε και τους δύο δίσκους στα καπάκια. Όλεθρος!

When I came across some praise for a band called Your End initially I ignored it, as I had the wrong impression that it would be some kind of a deathcore or atmodeath band that is not very fond of. Then I saw that Y.E. played war metal. For those who have not heard it, this is a relatively new term that describes bands with a death-based background, but outrageously chaotic sound and compositions. This label has been postdated attributed to bands such as Teitanblood or Blasphemy (their song “Blasphemous Attack” is covered by Your End), and a solid recent example is “Within a World Forgotten” by Infernal Coil. For me, however, War metal was, is and will always be Bolt Thrower, so I’m not going to re-use this label for bands such as Your End. And to give another argument, I quote the (fantastic) lyrics of “An Unbegotten Memory of Lust and Agony”:

You came to me as I was
A mighty tree destroyed by nature’s call
Blackened by the Earth
Washed away with the tides

You were what I wanted you to be
The embodiment of pleasure
Sleek and marvelous
But so distant and agonizing

You were a being, so virtuous and heavenly
One that would turn the gears of time
Destroy empires and flood civilization
Yet locked into stone

Leagues, both distance and men, were foes
It was perceived as folly
Only to look at it, face it
Seeking death as an afterthought

Though like many before
A shimmering memory only to fade
Eaten by the wormhole of my conscious
Regurgitated and buried under weathered earth

Day by day observing your path
Day by day flourishing together
Day by day meeting our enemies
Day by day dying together

I don’t know about you, but I cannot call War Metal anything that includes such lyrics, regardless of the music. I rest my case… Let’s move on. Your End is a trio, whose members have played in a few bands, some known to me only by name, without having listened to them (e.g. Hateful Transgression, Decimated Humans, Chainsaw Disgorgement, Neckbeard Deathcamp). I can assume that the accumulated experience of all the bandmembers finds a “triumphant field” to be expressed in “Ghost Architecture” and “Your End”, the two albums that were released by Your End in 2018. So, it will be a double presentation, since there are no significant differences between the two recordings. Unbearable, brutal, torturous, putrid, deafening death metal, with complex structure and excruciating speed, sometimes interrupted by slow, epitaphic doom parts. No further description is necessary imo… If you feel the masochistic need to be self-tormented, listen to both albums back to back. Ruinous!  

1692total visits,5visits today