With a booming swell, “United We Fight” starts off the disc with the sledgehammer to the skull brutality that has made At No End a staple of the Cleveland hardcore scene for half a decade. “Scumbag” may be a bit more measured, with its staccato chorus, and tracks like “Bring the Beast” and “Destroyer” may feature a somewhat heavier bottom end, but tracks like “Strength is Pain”, “unleashed” and “The Hard Life” make it clear that this is straight-up no frills hardcore. Tracks like “Rise” and “Let it Burn” show that same love of grand, anthemic choruses that just beg for you to scream along with.
That’s not to say that all of the songs sound the same. Tracks like “Outta My Way” feature a thrashier sound, with some guttural backing vocals. Plus, while the guys in At No End certainly haven’t mellowed, their songwriting has matured over the years – as we all do. Their music is a living, breathing evolving thing, which keeps it that much fresher and more relevant than a lot of what’s out there. Tracks like “Bullet” and the title track veer away from the standard lyrical fare of the hardcore scene in favor of focusing on the bigger, more important questions and the uglier side of all that unfixed rage.
At No End continue their rise from the ashes of the Cleveland hardcore scene. This is just the latest in their string of efforts to breathe, stuff, kick and slap life back into the urban holocaust that is Cleveland’s dying scene.