End Of You - Unreal
The Finnish band End Of You has been around since 2004 and was founded by the vocalist and song writer Jami Pietilä. The idea of End Of You, or EOU as they like to call themselves, was to play metal in a melancholic way that I would like to classify as gothic metal. This is a genre that seems to be quite overcrowded in the land of thousand lakes but since a couple of bands in this area really has succeeded it's no surprise that a flood of newcomers is popping up every now and then.
I can hear echoes from a lot of Finnish bands in the music of EOU. The one thing that makes them differ from the rest is perhaps the keyboards that has a sound reminiscent of ambient or techno rather than metal. The keyboard however is working together with the rest of the instruments and never takes the leading role in the musical package EOU is offering. Their brand of gothic metal is also quite laid back that sometimes explode in small crescendos.
Personally I really like this kind of emotive music if
it has got the right melodies to create an almost electric atmosphere
that really moves you. EOU is in possession of the right tools but they
fail in the song writing department. The similarity between the songs
on Unreal is a big problem and so is also the lack of effective melodies
and hooks. A lot of songs start promising but falls flat in a short
while. It sounds unfinished I'm afraid but since this is their debut
and their career just has begun they have got all the chances to develop
and the potential is definitely there. My advice is that they should
take some extra time while writing songs next time.