HMP #60/2015

2017 08 04 233921Grecki band grajacy na pograniczu thrash/speed i heavy metalu. Wszystko w raczej nowoczesnych aranzacjach i z ciezkim, przytlaczajacym brzmieniem. Nie jest to do konca moja bajka i w swiecie Desert Near The End nie czuje sie zbut pewnie i komfortowo. Nie przekonuje mnie ten rodzaj krzyczanego wokalu, ktory bardziej kojarzy mi sie z szeroko rozumianymi odmianami core'a. Muzycznie panowie lubia rowniez pobladzic w roznych rejonach metalowych czelusci. Najogolniej to panowie graja jakis metal, lecz nie jest on dla mnie konkretnie sprecyzowany. Kawalki sa do siebie podobne? zlewaja sie i po przelichaniu albumu ciezko jest wyroznic jakikolwiek utwor. Oparte na tym samym schemacie kompozycje z biegiem plyty zacynaja nuzyc. Nie przyciagaja uwagi i mimo ze sporo sie w nich dzieje, nie ma efektu "wow"... Sa przewidyalne i monotonne. Trzeba jednak oddacm, ze zagrane niezwykle precyzyjnie i profesjonalnie. Produkcja rowniez stoi na bardzo wysokim poziomie i niczym nie odbiega od wydawnictw z najwyzszej polki. Za to niewatpliwie nalezy sie Grekom wielki szacun. Ciezko mi ich porownac do jakichs konkretnych zespolow. Na upartego mozna tu znalezc wplywy bardzo wielu innych kapel. Poprzez nowsza Pantere, Iced Earth po Exodus i Overkill... Naprawde jest tu tego wiele. Jest to mocna pozycja i na pewno znajdzie swoich amatorow. Mnie bynajmniej nie powalila. Za malo w niej polotu, za wiele rzemiosla

Przemyslaw Murzyn (HMP #60/2015)

 

Scream Magazine #192

Scream Magazine 192Fra Hellas har vi Desert Near The End som spiller en formfor power metal som kan minne en smule om tidlig Blind Guardian og Iced Earth. Det er en del røffere og det riffes mer heftig enn de flesteband innenfor power metalgenren. Derfor også litt mindre melodiøst enn sjanger-vennene, men samtidig låter bandet også episk og monumentalt. Tempoet er høyt stort sett hele albumet igjennom og veldig gitardrevet. Låtene er kanskje ikke helt av det beste slaget, men ellers så synes jeg definitivt Desert Near The End har noe å komme med. På sett og vis hadde "Hunt For The Sun" vært mer passende om det kom ut på 90-tallet for da hadde det vært mer originalt og fresht, men samtidig er det moro at det fremdeles dukker opp band som kjører denne stilen i dag.

Runar Pettersen (Scream Magazine #192)

 

SCREAM Magazine #193

SCREAM Magazine 193Med undertegnedes inngående thrash-kunnskap er det plankekjøring å anmelde dette albumet. To ting kan jeg si som jeg faktisk kan like her. Der første er noen av gitarriffene som er kule, og det andre er når albumet er ferdig split. Til alle thrash-fans der ute så beklager jeg, men thrash er ikke min kopp med te. Ergo, ta ikke denne anmeld-elsen seriost.

Nash Rothanburg (SCREAM Magazine #193)

Rock Hard #334

Rock Hard 334Die Athener DESERT NEAR THE END bieten auf ihrem zweiten Album „Hunt For The Sun“ eine heute viel zu selten anzutreffende Melange aus Power- und Thrash Metal, die sowohl bei den kraftvollen Vocals als auch bei der Gitarrenarbeit deutliche Iced-Earth-Einflüsse heraushören lässt. Auch die charmant dumpfe Produktion lässt Erinnerungen an die frühen Neunziger aufkommen. Bei den Arrangements würde man sich hingegen wünschen, dass die Combo zwischendurch mal den Fuß vom Gaspedal löst, um für die nötige Dynamik innerhalb der Songs zu sorgen. Wem allerdings beim letzten Midtempo-lastigen Iced-Earth-Album „Plagues Of Babylon“ der Biss fehlte, ist hier an der richtigen Adresse.

7.5
Ronny Bittner (Rock Hard #334)

 

Rock Hard #26

Rock Hard 26Gréci sú na scéne už od roku 1997, predtým však pod inými názvami (STORMBRINGER a THE EVENTIDE) a pokiaľ som sa dopátral k dobrým informáciám, tak toto by mal byť ich tretí album, druhý v poradí pod súčasným názvom. V očakávaní som si teda pustil ich novinku z novembra 2014 a bol som celkom milo prekvapený. Už prvé tóny skladby „Storm On My Side“ naznačovali celkom úderný power metal s dobrou kombináciou thrashu. Chlapi svoje ofenzívne tempo dokázali udržať na celom albume.
Každá skladba je odohraná vo svižnom a útočnom rytme. Celkovo ma album prekvapil, ale skôr v pozitívnom význame.

3,6/5
Pikes Mikellson (Rock Hard #26)

 

LEGACY #95

LEGACY 95Das zweite Album der griechischen Power/Thrash-Formation. Die Jagd nach der Sonne ist ein Konzeptalbum geworden, dessen Idee und insbesondere auch die musikalische Umsetzung ganz massiv an eine Band aus den Staaten erinnert, die u.a. mit „The Dark Saga“ oder „Something Wicked This Way Comes“ Maßstäbe gesetzt hat: Iced Earth. Und daran müssen (oder dürfen) sich DESERT NEAR THE END messen lassen,schließlich erinnert so nahezu alles, was auf dem Album passiert an die Handschrift von Jon Schaffer. Der Mann, der bei den Griechen vergleichbar die Zügel in der Hand hält, ist der Bassist(!) Akis Prasinikas, aus dessen Feder praktisch alle Lyrics stammen, während er zumindest die Musik zusammen mit Frontmann Alexandros Papandreou komponiert hat. Die Drums hat der Bassist nebenher selbst eingezimmert, ein Gitarrist wird zwar im Line-Up geführt, dennoch sollen alle Rhythmus- und Leadgitarren von einem Studiomusiker eingespielt worden sein. Herausgekommen ist mit „Hunt For The Sun“ eine persönliche Aufarbeitung von Prasinikas zum Thema Iced Earth und allem, was er früher an der Band geil fand. Zumindest klingt das Resultat frappierend danach. Die galoppierenden Parts sind fester Bestandteil im Songwriting, epische Chorus Lines wohin die Ohren lauschen, insgesamt ein paar Songs die etwas Thrash-lastiger als das „Original“ herüberkommen, aber durch das Bemühen von Papandreou, 1:1 wie Barlow zu klingen, fällt auch dieser Akzent nicht sonderlich aus dem Raster. Wie auch immer, soviel hier auch kopiert wurde, mit ´Storm On My Side´, ´Morning Star´, dem thrashigeren ´A Sunset Of Our Own´ oder dem sehr old-schooligen wie epischen ´Angel Of The Deep´ gibt’s reihenweise Material, das auch (fast) auf einem Neunziger-Album von eben Iced Earth hätte stehen können.

10 Punkte
Harald Deschler (LEGACY #95)

 

R'lyeh 'zine #12

Rlyeh zine 12To jedna z tych płyt, którym niczego nie brakuje- poza czymś, co odróżniłoby ją od setek podobnych zespołów. Wszystko chodzi tutaj jak w przysłowiowym zegarku, gitary mielą miks Thrashu i cięższego Heavy w czym chwilami przypominają obecne wcielenie naszego TURBO. Brakuje tu jednak jakiejś przebojowości, czegoś co porwałoby słuchacza lub spowodowało choćby mimowolne przytupywanie w rytm muzyki. I skoro przy rytmie jesteśmy- zespół ma bardzo sprawnego perkusistę (o ile potrafi na żywo odegrać partie, które tu słyszymy). Wokalnie również rzecz przedstawia się bez zarzutu. I tutaj dochodzimy do miejsca w którym płyta się kończy, a ja nie wiem czego słuchałem? To jest jak z okładką tej płyty będącej kalką „Into The Unknown” Mercyfuli. Nic indywidualnego. DESERT NEAR THE END pochodzi z Grecji, ten krążek to ich druga płyta, która może się podobać mniej wybrednym koneserom gatunku. Do zachwytów jednak droga daleka.

5,5/10
R'lyeh 'zine #12

 

Extreme Underground Music Zine

Desert Near The End are a band from Greece that plays an epic mixture of heavy and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Hunt For the Sun" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Clean playing starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful and then the music goes into more of a fast thrash metal direction along with some aggressive vocals and blast beats and after awhile melody is added into both the riffs and vocals and also mixes power and thrash metal together. 
When solos and leads are added into the music they bring in a very melodic 80's style power/speed metal sound to the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the songs mix in a great amount of epic structures into a very heavy and aggressive power/thrash metal sound and one of the tracks also shows clean playing making a comeback for a few seconds.
Desert Near The End plays a style of power/thrash metal that is very aggressive and heavy while also bringing in a great amount of melody and epic structures as well as having a slight early 90's sound at times that is very close to the earlier Iced Earth albums, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Desert Near The End are a very great sounding epic heavy/thrash metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Across The River" "Angel Of The Deep" and "A Distant Sun".

8/10
OccultBlackMetal (Extreme Underground Music Zine)

Metal Invader

Well, well, well, what we have here. I was a bit reluctant to review this album ’cause I read that these guys are into Blind Guardian/ Iced Earth kinda style and I was think’ “oh, no, why me damn it?”. Well I shoulda know better. The only resemblance to Iced Earth is the voice of Alex Papandreou that is similar to Barlow’s (only more aggressive and thrashier). Yeap, the boys deliver an album of power thrash the american way, mostly up tempo-ed. Double bass, razor sharp guitars, what more can you ask for? And if you actually are a greedy bastard like me and want more then let me tell ya that the band doesn’t hesitate to deliver cool melodies justto make things even more listenable. Add a cool production into the picture and there you go. I think that this is an album worthy your money.

4/6
WitchKiller (Metal Invader)

Crown of Viserys

With the heaviness of the old school masters of thrash and the cleanliness of modern production with a big, epic sound, Desert Near the End have crafted an album in Hunt for the Sun that stands up to multiple listens. The songs are catchy, slower to mid-paced thrash metal in the vein of Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets with small sections that remind me of Surtur Rising.
Solos are short and sweet, and are not the stars of the songs hiding bad songwriting. Instead, solos take a back seat as far as the guitar work is concerned, allowing Alexandros Papandreou’s vocals to truly soar and get into your head, while Akis Prasinikas and Thanos Kollintzogiannakis (on bass and guitar, respectively) rock some solid, pounding rhythms into your skull. Akis also tackles drums on 90% of the album, and though he is not the most technically proficient drummer, he takes to the task more than efficiently, with a bass drum that actually has bass and a snare that snaps like a smack.
Hunt for the Sun, in all, is an excellent album of just solid thrash. It is extremely catchy, with epic vocals, and brilliant riffs. My favourite song is “Eastern Path”, which is the fastest song on the album, and most angry, and really gets my blood up. It’s no wonder its lyrics gave birth to the album’s title.

Dustin Ekman (Crown of Viserys)

Slowly We Roth Magazine #7

Slowly We Roth Magazine 7It seems this band was founded back in 1997 under a different name and they are playing as Desert Near the End only since 2010, and yet under this moniker they managed to release 2 full-length albums already. This one, the second, is made of 8 tracks and clocks almost 50 minutes of Thrash Metal with massive Power Metal influences but still keeping the aggression and patterns of traditional Thrash Metal. Although I like traditional Thrash a lot, I think these guys went too traditional I mean the guuitar riffs are following lines that were used over and over and over again in this genre and although delivered skillfully they still cannot impress the listener, well at least a listener that wants something with an original flavor at least. The vocals are good but not impressive either in a genre that usually pushes ahead some crazy frontmen. The rhythm section is ok, without much to stand out except for maybe a sideslip on Death Metal territory on a track, and that was unexpected and fresh at the same time. All in all this is a good band but for me their music didn't do anything, so try it yourselves you might like it.

7/10
Adrian (Pest Webzine/Slowly We Roth Magazine )

 

 

Lords Of Metal

Desert Near The End is a continuation of a band called Eventide (read a review of Eventide’s 2006 ‘A Memory Of Men’ demo here). When Eventide disbanded Akis Prasinikas (bass, keyboards) and Alexandros Papandreou (vocals) continued with Desert Near The End and their current guitarist is Thanos Kollintzogiannakis. Despite the fact the band lacks a drummer there are drums om this album, provided by Akis Prasinikas. In a live situation DNTE just hires a drummer. In 2011, the band’s self-released debut album ‘A Crimson Dawn’ (I need to buy that one soon!) saw the light of day and now the band releases ‘Hunt For The Sun’ through Total Metal Records / Metal Scrap Records. What a wonderful album this has become! I really dig this shit. Desert Near The End plays forceful power metal in the vein of Iced Earth but with more hairy balls than Iced Earth can ever aspire to. This is really one of the best power metal bands ever, albeit with a solid touch of thrash metal. Power metal fans should definitely check this band out here. A probable CD for my 2015 yearlist but unfortunately the CD is from 2014. Killer tunes!

82/100
Koen B. (Lords Of Metal)

Metal Temple

So today I am writing a review about DESERT NEAR THE END's latest release, "Hunt for the Sun". They hailed their beginning back in 1997 by Akis  and Alexandros in Athens, Greece. As they officially mentioned, they took many forms and names and  released three demos and one album until 2005, under the name EVENTIDE. Throughout the upcoming years they've been struggling within inner desires and musical differences. In those years and up to 2012, they were carried upon the sound of 90's Thrash Metal. In the Earth-year of 2012, a man named Thanos armed DESERT NEAR THE END forces and they managed their full combat team. The latest elaborate comes out of the pits of Total Metal Records, from the depths of Ukraine, and I will mention this to all of you: "It's a clash, a clash of genres"!
"Hunt for the Sun" - basically combines bands such as AMON AMARTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, and I will feel the freedom and say, a beautiful sign of Modern Melodic Death Metal. A vary of now and then low-tuned vocals with with well-known Thrash Metal riffs give you the urge to taste more, more of the Greek metallers. Throughout the entire album, a lot of different genres face the battle between itself, but most of all the sound of mid-90's Thrash comprehend. Maybe, they've aimed at a bigger circle of the public and/or they've just expressing themselves, their skills via these variations, I could not tell, but I am sure some of you will love that.
After listening to "Hunt for the Sun'', you will surely find that moment of raw emotion, yet a pure wealth of eargasms and headbanging. You know, that particular artist that will make you quit every little work you're on just to do a round of windmilling?! Yes, that kind of headbang is expecting you here.
Tracks I were fond of listening and will suggest to my friends are: "Storm of my Side", "Morning Star" and "Angel of Deep". I only have few words for all of you - "Long live the blast beats"! My only disagreement and dislike about the album are the similarities of the other songs,because in my humble opinion,lots of riffs are repeating or at least are alike to the mentioned ones before. Vocally skilled  Alexandros is delivering fantastic action and energy. Well done mate. Great job guys.

8/10
Branislav (Metal Temple)

Eternal Terror Webzine

A Greek power/thrash band, Desert Near the End on their second album "Hunt for the Sun" live for the galloping riff, gritty melodic vocals, and a boatload of rapid fire double bass salvos amidst these 8 songs. This trio of musicians pack plenty of punch in their picking and speedy changes - combining a lot of latter day Bay Area thrash elements from acts such as Forbidden and Heathen with the mid-tempo power of long time veterans Iced Earth, yet occasionally veering into Pantera groove pastures. The constant double bass barrage grows weary by "A Sunset of Our Own", and that's not a good sign to keeping my interest 3 songs/ 15 minutes in to a 48 minute record.
The exotic, clean guitar parts for "Angel of the Deep" was a left-field entry that should be further developed for Desert Near the End to gain originality to their approach. As such, "Hunt for the Sun" is one of those records that contains decent musicianship and execution, but not enough strong hooks and riffs to really contain those memorable tracks that will live on for a lifetime.

3/6
Matt Coe (Eternal Terror Webzine)

About.com

A rare album from Greece that doesn’t dote on the heroic Alexander, Athens band Desert Near the End crash out a crazy kind of Machine Head thrash stripped of nuance and stoked up on double-caffeinated Ouzo. There’s plenty of Blind Guardian influence everywhere, especially in the epic feel of the angular melodies.
The slap-thrash “Storm on My Side” has a hard-core edginess that highlights call-and-response vocals from long-suffering founding members Alexandros Papandreou and bassist Akis Prasinikas.  Eastern European Thrash at its barest ornamentation, it makes for roughly 49 minutes of decent head-banging,

3.5/5
Todd Lyons (About.com)

Metallian

Although Desert Near The End from Greece is ostensibly a new band, the group's history stretches back to the late '90s. This explains the maturity and tightness of the songs on this, the band's second full-length.
The early impression on opening track Storm On My Side is a band thrashing as UK's Sabbat once did. It is dense and powerful. The band's rhythm section and guitars pound a la Sodom, while the dual edge of Dark Angel is another remarkable feature. The vocals of Alexandros Papandreou are as if Hansi Kuersch of Blind Guardian is behind the mike in a more aggressive capacity. The drums are somewhat tiny sounding, but are not quite pots 'n panish. Hunt For The Sun is a fairly well baked speedy and in-your-face concept. The best instance of it is the song Eastern Path when the band speeds up and maintains the best of rhythms in accelerated fashion. Fantastic!

80/100
Ali (Metallian)

Zombie Ritual Zine

Originally formed as Stormbringer in 1997, these Greek guys changed the name to EVENTIDE and later to DESERT NEAR THE END. Of course, we are talking about very experienced musicians, with talent and thick roots in the most powerful side of heavy metal genre.
For some strange reason, there are moments that remind me Blind Guardian, as these guys create excellent structures based in thrash/heavy metal, and vocalist Alexandros Papandreou has a raspy throat which denotes he is a huge fan of Kürsch. Also, guitars are aggressive and deliver high octane riffs and excellent musical arrangements. My only complaint is that some sections sound quite flat and repetitive, and this causes a bit boring at the end of songs, although everything has good compositions. And maybe bass guitar sounds a bit out of the mix, but that’s only a personal opinion. All in all it’s a good second album for these guys and I’m sure they are on the way to create a much better album that would become a classic in modern heavy metal in that country. It’s highly recommended for those who follow metal music from Greece.

Victor Varas (Zombie Ritual Zine)

Metal Revolution

Desert Near the End is probably one of the most dedicated concept bands that I have ever come across, with everything (and I do mean everything, right down to changing their name with every album to reflect the content within) ties together in order to tell their story. Hunt for the Sun is the trio’s second full-length release and the second chapter of an unnamed man who awoke with amnesia at a beach five years ago on the album A Crimson Dawn (prior to its release the band went by the name The Eventide – But I digress). A Hunt for the Sun continues where the previous album left off, telling of the continued journey, both physically and mentally, of our hapless protagonist. His reflections of both himself and his surroundings are expertly matched by the Bay Area Thrash Metal that Desert Near the End (as they call themselves at the moment), mixing together with great expertise in order to relay whatever emotion and situation that is being put on display in either of the eight tracks present. However, it should be noted that Hunt for the Sun is only divided into chapters (which is basically what each track is) in order to make it easier to navigate: If you want to experience the true glory of this existentialist masterpiece, you are forced to hear it in its entirety, starting from ”Storm on my Side”. Ideally I would have loved to hear their debut album prior to having been introduced to this album and then get the whole story. Sadly, that was not the case, so now I am going to stalk eBay and YouTube until I find a seller, both of the first album, and the end of the trilogy, once the band finishes and releases it. If you are into a very melodic Thrash Metal act with surprisingly deep and thoughtful lyrics, this Greek trio is not one to miss.

81/100
Brian (Metal Revolution)

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