If you weren’t familiar with Freya, chances are you would just simply dismiss their All Hail the End album as just another Hardcore act. However, one listen to this release will cause you to realize that this band never really was that stereotypical, and continue to breathe that unique brand of music onto their latest album. All Hail the End is a tooth and nail album that really packs meaning behind the hardcore term with a good amount if intense songs that really walk more on the border of this style and a more metalcore release without any of the generic guitar hooks, as well as some uninspiring cuts.
“The Light that Rivaled the Sun” is easily the best example of this, kicking the album off with a boot straight to the face with intense guitar work, and a song that will instantly get your blood boiling. After that, the material does start to slow down a bit, even has some slower tracks, like “Condemned” which verges more on the lines of Hardcore then anything, as well as some with more melodic moments that even include singing, which you’ll be greeted with right away on the second track, “The Wanderers”, as well as the very catchy “Sons of Yamir”. All of these aspects work well, but it’s the much slower tracks on here that fail to impress, sadly.
As the album kicks off, you’ll also hear a bit a Sludge element to some of the earlier tracks, but it’s not until the track “Labyrinths of the Ant People” that you really get the full impact. While the track is not all that bad a track, especially when it picks up a little over half way through, it’s just that the Ambient and Sludge riffs here start to get rather repetative over the constantly changing drumming, making this one of the more boring tracks on the album. As it goes on, there are songs here and there that do come off a bit generic. “Into a Wasteland” is a good example of these tracks, falling pray moreso to the simple, stereotypical hooks that some Metalcore bands would use.
The only real drawback to All Hail the End, aside the couple of bland tracks here and there, would have to be the lack of intensity. The first track makes you want to go out and curbstomp the closest person you can find, and that’s it. The rest of the album has some killer tracks, as well as it’s share of rather bland filler cuts, but that’s it. One listen to “The Light that Rivaled the Sun” really shows the intensity the band can produce, only to give way to some tracks that still hang on the border of Hardcore, and are still really good in comparison to some of the bands out there in this style today, but all in all, this release could have been much better, heavier, and hardcore in sense of impact from the music then the actual style they play.