Review: Until the End

Until the End
“Let the World Burn”
(Eulogy Recordings)

I just finished reading “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut.  It’s not about the world burning, but about the world freezing.  Well, it’s not really about that, but that’s what happens in the book.  I didn’t really like it.  And I don’t really like “Let the World Burn” either.  I mean, it’s not bad.  Mean Pete’s vocals are just as heavy and throaty as in the past, but it seems he’s taken a serious turn for the negative.  This new CD boasts six new tracks as well as three live offerings recorded in Geneva from their last album.  While still sounding like Hatebreed (without, it should be noted, simply copying their style) Until the End’s second release on Eulogy has more of a frenzied pace than their previous recordings, but their signature brutal breakdowns are still intact.  Indeed, when coupled with the paralyzing and dizzying array of drums and bass, Mean Pete’s vocals are enough to produce some serious vertebrae compression.  Still, there’s a definite undercurrent of nihilism within this straight edge opus.  Dude, if you’re bummed at your lifestyle then don’t take it out on the rest of us.  Take stock of your life, have a beer, and don’t sit there trying to depress the hell out of me.  And don’t burn my damn world, either.