Dark End are a band from Italy that plays a very gothic, horror and symphonic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Grand Guignol Book I" which was released by Crah And Burn Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown into the music at times, while the synths bring a very epic, horror film, atmospheric, gothic and symphonic sound to the music with some parts that are influenced by classical and orchestra music along with some violins, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very melodic and goes for more of the mainstream sound instead of the underground one with some traditional metal influences with the songs being very long and epic in length, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads that utilize a great amount of skill and talent, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to add an ethnic feeling to the music.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams in the more mainstream tradition along with some deep growls, whispers and a good amount of clean signing , while the lyrics cover Occultism, Esoteric, Philosophy and Spirituality, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Dark End are a very great sounding atmospheric, gothic and symphonic black metal band with a mainstream appeal and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "AEinsoph: Flash Forward To Obscurity" "Spiritism: The Transmigration Passage" "Bleakness: Of Secrecy, Haste And Shattered Crystals" and "Dawn: Black Sun Rises". RECOMMENDED BUY.