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Bach Part One


Artist: End Christian
Label: Corpse Flower Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 27 July 2018

Formed in 2017 by Christian McKenna, (Hex Inverter), Alap Mom (ex-Dalek, Third Culture Kings), Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth, Total Fucking Destruction), Vincent Rosa (Starkweather) and Gillian Dreadful (Fad Nauseam), End Christian pride themselves in departing from the heard. They are a band with no safety net and no conformist formula to follow. Their new album, Bach Part 1, takes a freeform approach with its song construction and delivery...

The problem with bands that attempt to break the mould is that for every success there are a million failures. The main stumbling block with standing on your own and not following a formulaic approach is that, rather sadly, the majority of the masses like something familiar to cling on to. So if your sound is too different it can limit your potential fan base. Those that are seeking out something a little different will love what End Christian deliver on Bach Part 1, but even then it will take some time to get to grips with.

As someone who listens to new music constantly, I have to admit that I was attracted to the band's sound. It was a little different from the norm and certainly caught my attention. My appreciation of the album also increased each time I listened to it. I spent a good month listening to it on and off... but then I was done with it. It isn't an album I'll be revisiting in the future.

Part rock, part electronic, part experimental, Back Part 1 contains 11 tracks (38 min, 07 sec) features a number of guest musicians including Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Chris Connolly (Sun Kil Moon).

For lovers of avant-garde music, this will momentarily satisfy your craving for something new and engaging. Interesting, engaging, but you'll soon move on to the next thing and not give this a second thought.


Nick Smithson

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