End Of Green – “Dark Side Of The Sun” (Video Premiere)
Doom metal and gothic rock aren’t too far apart, at least when you think about it. Bands like Type O Negative, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost very openly embrace the morose middle ground between the two, concentrating on the sad melodies which define both genres, but operate in an “is it heavy? Is it really metal? Is it rock?” miasma of uncertainty. I’ll be candid and admit that, though End of Green‘s tenure dates back to 1992, I wasn’t truly familiar with them until the The Sick’s Sense (what a horrible pun), but I was completely hooked by this loud, sad, doomed music – what some without a genre classification lexicon call “depressive rock.” Their ninth and newest album, Void Estate makes this fog of stylistic uncertainty all the more dense. End of Green’s contemplative, ballad-centric nature hits all the hallmarks of both doom and gothic rock: it’s heavy, sad, melodic, and catchy, but there is no definitive characteristic which can truly place it in either category. For someone who got into the band so late in the game, it’s surprising and tragic to know they aren’t mentioned in the same breath as the above heavy-hitters. It’s an unjust world.
Void Estate will be released by Napalm Records on August 18th. We’re proud to premiere “Dark Side of the Sun”, which you can listen to (and watch) below.
From the band:
When it comes to astrophysics: None of us is experienced enough
to tell if there maybe really is a dark side of the sun. Neil deGrasse
Tyson just won’t answer his phone, which is kind of a bummer.
Probably nothing good is happening there. In case you travel there,
take this song with you. If you’re not planing a vacation: Take care, anyway.
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