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Summers End
Summers End (Hand of Hope)

By: Mike SOS

Summers End is a quintet that employ the current West Coast Iron Maiden meets Swedish metal technique a la Atreyu, Bleeding Through, and Avenged Sevenfold. While the nine-track endeavor's incessant screaming vocals are hard to understand, the music underneath the shrills and growls is complex, merging the Massachusetts metal sound with the twin guitar assault of NWOBHM and a sweet chunk of Swedish metalcore. Tracks like "Victim" follow the format of blistering lead guitar over searing rhythms so well that it almost becomes clich? at times. Unfortunately for Summers End, the style they emulate is super saturated at the moment, and despite the band hauling ass and the singer really pumping his pugnacious pipes, the overall feel of the self-titled affair is redundant.
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