Artist: The Last Word
Album: Endlessly Crashing
In a genre that’s drowning in bands that all sound the same it’s really difficult to find those bands who will stand the test of time. Most of them rise up, sign to a label, release an album, then disappear. It’s hard not to become bored and jaded with the music that’s available today does not seem to have any real progression. I like to stay the optimist, and I genuinely enjoy the hardcore music scene still. I truly believe there are talented musicians who have a lot to offer us if given the chance.
The first thing you will probably notice if you own The Last Word’s EP is that all five tracks from the EP are also on their new album Endlessly Crashing. You may also notice that the songs sound almost exactly the same as they did on the EP. I think instead of coming out with a 14 track album with 5 songs that have already been released once they should have come out with a 10 track album with one of the songs completely remastered. We’re basically only getting 9 brand new songs out of this, and I think most of us would be happy with some more original content instead of the same songs done slightly different.
With that being said, we’ll move into talking about some of the songs that I really liked on Endlessly Crashing. While I’m not a huge fan of the intro of “Faith In Chaos”, I really like the song itself. The unclean vocalist has a great range which he showcases throughout the entire album. I am also a fan of “I Promise…”. Those are easily two of the best tracks on the album.
“This Was Never Yours” is my favorite song. Partially because it’s different from the rest of the album, and partially because they have guest vocals from Tyler Carter. It adds a little bit of uniqueness to the track you can’t find on any of the other songs. “With Heavy Hearts” and “Lost In Between” are the two closing tracks. “Lost In Between” has what I assume is all of the band members singing part of the chorus which sounds pretty awesome. It’s stuff like that extra sound that makes an album memorable.
I’m sad to say that I feel like for the most part the songs sound the same, or very similar to one another. There are definitely some differences between some of the tracks and that’s great, those particular tracks sound really good. I just feel like more elements could be added, or anything that could make them stand out just a little bit more.
Overall this is definitely an enjoyable album to listen to, and considering they don’t have a record label backing them up makes this a real achievement. I wouldn’t say they (the band) blew my mind, and it’s not anything that I haven’t heard before but nonetheless it’s worth picking up for someone who simply loves this kind of music. Let’s hope these men can continue their forward momentum and use their experience to write even better songs in the future.
Review written by: Kriston McConnell