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Album Review

Endo may not have anything new to add to the rap-metal genre, but on the evidence of their debut album, Evolve, they have been listening carefully to their predecessors, especially Sony labelmates Korn and Rage Against the Machine. The usual lockstep rhythm section underlies the usual simple power-chord guitar playing, all of it supporting the usual howled vocals that express dissatisfaction in extreme terms. Lyricist/singer Gil Bitton is another unhappy youth, seeming to hate his own life as much as he does the world in which he lives. At various times, he tries to work himself up to a desperate hope, but for the most part he's consumed by anger that he describes inchoately. It's a message that has a demonstrated appeal to a certain audience, and though Endo's music sounds interchangeable with that of many other rap-metal bands, that may give them a chance to break through.

Customer Reviews


Yea, Endo still got it goin on! Tight rock band, on tha real!

Lots of energy

A pretty good debut album from the Florida 4-piece. Their second album tried to be more mature, while keeping the intensity and it didnt mix as well. I wouldnt consider this rap-metal either. There isnt much rapping on it. A lot of groove, a lot of basic hard rock and some metal, but not a rap/hip hop feel at all. Best song: "Suffer"...other good songs: "Leave Us Alone", "The Program", & "Beat Around The Bush". I recommend if you're open to passionate music that doesnt have to all-out metal.

Endo Pulls No Punches on "Evolve"

I picked up "Evolve" from the music store mostly based on the cover art (I used to do that a lot). Sometimes it's a hit and sometimes it's a miss. I scored big time with Endo's first release "Evolve", and I'm very happy that I picked this one up.

Endo's debut was recorded over a long period of time, but it is quite evident that they put a lot of effort into the tracks. Highlights include: "Leave Us Alone", "Suffer", "Malice," and the super climatic "Save Us". Something that's really cool about "Evolve" is the production. The snare drum has this interesting tinge to it, almost like it's processed. There are also atmospheric interludes interspersed between tracks, and those are pretty cool. The album sometimes drags, some songs like "Listen" and "Burn" kind of overstay their stay, but overall this is a good listen.

If you enjoy your hard rock with a little rapping and a nice shiny sheen, definitely check out "Evolve". It'll whoop on your ears and get your head banging too.


Formed: 1998 in Miami, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Endo was formed by singer Gil Bitton and bass player Zelick. Bitton, the son of Moroccan parents, was born in Israel but grew up in Florida. He dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and began hosting an open-mic night at Cool Beans, a Miami café, then turned to singing and playing the guitar as well. Joining the heavy metal band Above and Beyond, he met Zelick, who had first pursued acting before taking up the bass. Deciding to form their own band, the two recruited Cuban-born drummer Joel...
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