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Without End - 2004 Without End


WITHOUT END - WITHOUT END (2004, LONE WOLF MUSIC)
Nicholas Georgakopoulos - vocals, drums
Michael Totta - guitars, bass


Background
You may have read my previous review of Without End's 4 track sampler. The band is based in Melbourne, Australia, a hotbed of good Australian metal bands such as Black Majesty and Vanishing Point. Without End are a more than capable prog rock/metal act, but in my case their style doesn't hit the mark. However, that does not mean that they are not good at what they do, which they are.

The Songs
In my review for their sampler I mentioned that I found it difficult to make comparisons. That is mainly due to my penchant for prog metal being towards the bombastic styles of Symphony X, Pagan's Mind, that sort of thing. Without End are more laid back, stripped down and very, very deep. I can hear a bit of Rush, a little Fates Warning, perhaps Tiles, and a touch of Queensryche. For the most part Without End display a liking for moody, reflective prog metal. The vocals are quite understated and fit in well with the music. Without End are not extravagant, so there is no need for a high pitched, breaking-glass style vocalist, which Nick isn't.

In Summary
If you have heard and liked the sampler you will most likely enjoy the other songs that have been added to the full length debut album. You'll find all the sampler songs on the album as well. I still have a little issue with the production, which could be beefier. For an Aussie band playing this style of prog metal I think Without End have done a pretty good job, though most of their complex music goes way over my head (it must be more prog than metal then Luigi?.. Ed). Still a band worth investigating.

Track Listing:
01 Again
02 In Transit
03 Analyze
04 I Still Remember
05 Searching for Meaning
06 Descend
07 Comfort Zone
08 Compulsion
09 The Third Day


Without End - 2003 4 Track Sampler


Without End - 2004 Without End


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