END OF LEVEL BOSS
EXILE ON MAINSTREAM
Blending the particles of space rock, stoner metal, and grunge before the blow up, England’s End of Level Boss is a few flannels short of Soundgarden, but more than make up for it in doomy discord a la Cathedral and Black Sabbath. This quartet, featuring members of Hangnail and Floor, churns away at eight tracks laden with dense guitar riffs, howling mad vocals that resemble Chris Cornell’s longhaired Hessian days, and a unbreakable rhythm section able to go the scenic route while keeping it down like Voivod. Songs like “Vivid” walk the line between fuzzed-out frivolity and driving rock anthem, while the bass driven beat of “Stop the Mind Gap” emits heavy chunks of swirling dissonance. Akin to popping a few pills and watching the room spin, End of Level Boss provides some stalwart moments for all that like in your face heaviness with dashes of evil melodies.