Thursday, January 25, 2018

End Zone - "Eclectica" [1998]

Artist: End Zone
Title: Eclectica
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 1998

Track List:
  1. Alpha
  2. The Vortex Of Reality
  3. Hovanchina (Final)
  4. Dual Infinity
  5. The Remedy
  6. Refuse/Resist (Sepultura Cover)
  7. Afterwards
EndZone was an early band of Igor Lobanov, a former athlete and the current guitarist/vocalist of the nu-metal band Slot, which I honestly can't stant. Fortunately all three albums released by End Zone are nothing alike what he's playing now, and rightfully considered to be the classics of early Russian metal scene. Unfortunately, the 90s weren't the best time for Russian metal (and for the country in general), so EZ broke up by the end of that decade, being nowhere near as popular as Slot currently are.

Initially, during 1993-1995, they were playing technical thrash metal in the vein of Mekong Delta. This album, however, features a "lighter" form of progressive metal influenced by classical music. The quality of production and musicianship is great for its time, even despite the poor cover art and rather weak vocals, making "Eclectica" a very interesting release that definitely doesn't deserve to be forgotten:

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