Endon – Through The Mirror (2017)

This was sold to me by Bandcamp as grindcore, and – impressively – the album which brought Hydra Head back from the dead. Endon’s music here is far from grindcore, in my opinion. Yes, there are intense passages of absolute carnage, which I suppose could come close to something like Cloud Rat, but Through The Mirror dreams far, far bigger than such a restricting genre tag. Endon is more or less post- everything and everywhere.

The opening tracks reminds me of Godspeed and Swans, which enormous sheets of cascading sounds; equally terrifying and enlightening. Throughout the ensuing carnage one can detect hints of everything from Converge to Merzbow. All in all this is a hectic experience, but there are moments of calm too. An overwhelming record in every sense of the word.