Genuflect
The End of the World


2.5
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Review

by Joe Denby USER (17 Reviews)
May 14th, 2009 | 10 replies | 4,461 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very anti-religious rap metalcore band who press all the right buttons but fail to really extend themselves past that.

2 of 5 thought this review was well written

Artist: Genuflect
Album: The End of The World
Release Date: May 12th, 2007

As you most likely won't know, Genuflect were formed from Reveille, an underground rap nu-metal outfit in 2005. The End of the World is their debut in which Genuflect, as their name suggests, dedicate the full album to lashing out at all forms and aspects of religion in a very primal, angry record with both rap and metal-core influence. Genuflect manage to distinguish themselves as a new band with something to say but throughout the album one wonders, is that all they are?

Let's get one thing straight from the start, Genuflect are very serious about religion. When you listen to the album, you know this isn't the over milked corporate ploy that bands before them have tried to use so as to carve themselves an identity, for Genuflect concern themselves with religion and just that on this album. Instantly, we see a flaw in the very foundations of the album, as there's only so much you can dedicate to already highly used topic in music before it becomes mundane, but the band pull it off through sheer aggression. Drew Simollardes' keeps up a consistent performance throughout as a vocalist who pushes nihilism to it's limits, represented clearly in a high point of the album, the lyrics. Whether he's spitting savagely about pedophilia in "Epinephrine" or describing engaging in necrophilia with an angel "Dark As Night", Simollardes innovates with a subject that is lacking it. His voice too is a testament to his passion, growls and screams rife at chorus and breakdown. His rapping however is somewhat subpar, failing to carry the emotion he pushes at other sections and leaving the verses a stark, negative contrast to the rest of song, the only standout rap moment in the aforementioned "Epinephrine", where Simollardes taints his voice with speed and passion otherwise unprecedented on the album.

The instrumental musicianship is another failing of the album, for whilst the bass, guitar and drums all do their jobs, you'll quickly find that's all they do. Near every song is a stereotypical metal chug with the hope that the vocals can carry the anger with them, which it often doesn't. The band members seem unwilling to break the norm and stand out in the midst of the song with an impressive roll, line or riff, if through sheer inadequacy, or more likely, a simple fear of experimenting outside of the genre they've so neatly placed themselves in. Not only are there no technically impressive points in the album, you'll also find a distinct lack of imagination. More then half the album follows a formulaic pattern, with quiet guitar and a bass overlay at verse building up to guitar walls at chorus, synchronised with Simollardes' escalating voice. Whilst this doesn't sound bad, it quickly grows tiresome after you've heard it for the fourth track in a row. There are times where they do do this right, as seen in "Bloody Murder" and "Kill Shot", two of the best tracks, which whilst not inspired, are enjoyable but in compromise, several tracks simply fade into obscurity.

But perhaps this is best, because Genuflect show that when they do experiment, it doesn't go well. "Afterlife" and "Here and Now" seem to be Genuflect's attempt at conformity to a common musical ideal that even angry albums need softer songs, which is fair enough if the band has the capacity to carry it off, but Genuflect simply doesn't. Both songs feel stunted and repressed, like the band wish, whilst playing the song that they were doing an aggressive piece, where they feel most comfortable. One saving grace in this are glimpsed dual-vocals between Simollardes and guitarist Greg Sullivan, found largely in "Afterlife" and "Dead Right", which actually show some tantalisingly untapped potential in their harmony, so there's hope for progression, but it's a glimmer in the dark.

Genuflect are simply not setting themselves up well with this album, if they're a band willing to stand out and inspire. Ironic in comparison to the band's political standpoints, they conform.Yes, they can apply and attain the key aspects of a decent rap metal group, but for them to distinguish themselves, Genuflect will have to start treating themselves not just as a political vehicle but as musicians as well.



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DirEnRefused
May 14th 2009



2131 Comments


Was stuck between 2.5 and 3, but I would like for this band to do well so I gave it the 3. Plus, Bloody Murder is just awesome.

marksellsuswallets
May 14th 2009



4848 Comments


This looks like 1/1.5 material...

DirEnRefused
May 14th 2009



2131 Comments


I like opinions. I like how they vary. Though it's a 2.5, I changed my mind.

Though if you're thinking that from the outset, I doubt you'll deviate wildly from that. The album is very similar throughout and the band's not my definition of a "grower".This Message Edited On 05.14.09

Wizard
May 14th 2009



19206 Comments


As a fan of Bleed the Sky and Laced, I think I need to check this out, even if it's for nostaligic purposes. Really good review!

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

marksellsuswallets
May 14th 2009



4848 Comments


I tried to listen to one of their songs, and I really can't stand how ignorant and intolerant their singer is towards other people's views.

Captain North
May 15th 2009



6768 Comments


I read a few lyrics...not really that much intolerance. More anger at what religion can do.

marksellsuswallets
May 15th 2009



4848 Comments


I think that once you decide to form a band and base every aspect of it around nothing but how much you hate religion and think it shouldn't exist, you cross over the line from angry to intolerant.

DirEnRefused
May 15th 2009



2131 Comments


Well, though the name would suggest that, I'm not sure if they're dedicating their existence to religion or just the album, I haven't heard any of Shadow Side.

Though to be honest, they don't say they think it shouldn't exist, they just point out the evils of it. Either way, their actual music at this point is very mediocre, so I'm going to stop defending them.This Message Edited On 05.15.09

Luciann
July 20th 2009



67 Comments


Good review, although, I obviously disagree with the score >.>

CushMG15
May 8th 2010



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

When I heard that Drew and Greg were getting back together I was pretty stoked, since Bleed the Sky is a wicked album. This really doesn't do it for me tho. The only standouts are Epinephrine, Potent, and Insurrection. There are other moments, like the bridge of Bloody Murder and parts of Dead Right, but this just isn't up to par with what their capable of.



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