on 15 May 2008
I bought End Of The World when it came out on vinyl and loved it. They were hailed as the British Rush at the time and you can hear why. Epic songs, good musicianship and the stop/start time changes were all Rush signatures of the time. The only thing that let this album down was the production, which didn't even come close to doing justice to the music. This was obviously down to financial constraints but you wonder how good this could have been if this hadn't been the case.
Sweet Dream Maker, Despiser (pure Rush) and Handful Of Reasons, in particular, all showed superb promise though.
The second album here, No Way Out, saw the band increase from a trio to a four piece and take on a more straight ahead rock sound. I wasn't keen on it then and even less so now. The production was better but the music was a backward step in my view.
I would definately recommend you try and listen to End Of The World though, because at the time I was convinced that this band would be massive.
Four stars for the promise of End Of The World and 2 stars for Now Way Out.