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Album Review

For its sophomore Columbia effort, Endo has junked wholesale the rote rap screams and thickheaded riffs that made its 2000 debut so utterly forgettable. In its place, Songs for the Restless finds the Florida combo dwelling on the dynamics and emotion of Deftones or Staind — groups that temper hard music with touchy-feely heartbreak, but who also take care to write actual songs. This reemergence might be an acknowledgment of rap-metal's unceremonious burial, a savvy marketing effort in recognition of loud rock's most promising new direction. Maybe, but nothing on Evolve suggested that Gil Bitton could even sing, let alone emote as he does on "Clean Sheets (And a Dirty Mind)" or the solid single "Simple Lies." Existing bassist Zelick and new Endoers Eli Parker (guitar) and Joe Eshkenazi (drums) lock into a groove light years beyond the histrionic silliness of the debut — even if "For You" apes the keening verses and stop/start explosions of Deftones, it's a genuine imitation. Endo still has a way to go in the lyrics department — revelations like "Madness/What if it's genius?" abound. There are also a few holdovers from the band's original incarnation ("Ruckus," parts of the unfortunately-named "Remember Us") that suggest Songs for the Restless might have benefited from some trimming. But overall, Endo has come through its rap-metal molting process largely unscathed. Even if its new identity has its own influences, Endo might be talented enough to pull off the switcheroo.

Customer Reviews

Endo Tries Reinventing Itself

"Songs for the Restless" was the only actual record where they sat down in the studio for a set period of time to lay out tracks. "Evolve" as mentioned by the band, was recorded over a very long time, so this is Endo's first REAL recording. That being said, "Restless" is overall an okay album. Highlights include the opener "Clean Sheets (and a Dirty Mind)" and the Staind-like single "Simple Lies". While Endo's second record seems like a carbon copy of those sulky bands who hate their lives, Endo's true colors start shining through in the second half of the album. Tracks like "Madness", "I Won't Die" and "Ruckus" remind the listener of how aggressive and abrasive they can be. Those songs are a lot of fun, and I commend them for putting them on "Restless". The album finishes up with another great track called "Slowly Turning". It mixes the slurry vocals with some well-placed screams. It's a nice way to end, and one of my favorites.

If you enjoy more melody with your rock or metal, definitely check out "Songs for the Restless". Sure, the vocals are a bit on the over-dramatic side, but the band makes up for it musically by the second half. It's alright--give it a shot.

Takes me back

I actually really enjoyed this album. For You is probably my favorite track.


Formed: 1998 in Miami, FL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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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