Getting involved in your local music scene will reveal all kinds of things about what’s really happening on your doorstep.
It’s worth following the sound of guitars being tuned and the crashing of cymbals into the pub round the corner, because you never know who is making that noise. They could be the next biggest thing and you’ll cherish the night you saw them for the first time. Most places advertise any live music nights on offer, and there are often leaflets and posters floating about in independent stores. For those that don’t know where to start, it’s worth utilising the greatest tool in your home – the internet.
Meet At World’s End, one of Kent’s local metal bands. They have just released their EP Emptiness Follows, and they will be of interest to anyone who enjoys a bit of metalcore. Despite being a small band with a low budget, they have a professional image and good-quality sounding record. I wanted to find out more about Emptiness Follows, so I had a chat with the band to find out what it was like in the studio, and to discover some of the musical inspirations behind the EP.
What inspired the artwork for the EP? It’s calming to look at in comparison to the sound of the record.
The artwork was actually a picture taken by Tommy (bass) a few years ago en route to Reculver. We really liked the idea of it being the complete opposite to the music. It gives a good illustration of the calm before the storm.
What is the track Rift about?
Rift is simply about being torn between making decisions where nobody is a winner. The lyrics are kind of pointing to a numbing of emotions over time. Eventually a destructive force leaves emptiness in the mind and body. Everything on this track points towards a loss of some kind. In this case, it is a mindset that’s altered.
Who are the main musical influences for Beneath?
The musical influences for Beneath come from a few places. The song writing process started with rhythms and progressed from there. It’s a combination of deathcore and metalcore with a bit of an old-school, brutal simplicity. This song was actually written a few years back, the influences that pull through the most are Martyr Defiled and Heart Of A Coward.
The track Eclipse has a fantastic breakdown. How did that get written?
Most parts start as an idea away from the guitar and then they progress from there. This way of writing means that we aren’t held back by playing comfortably, and it pushes us to tighten up new ideas. The rest of the song is reasonably fast, so this creates a bit of space and normally gets people moving.
What was the most enjoyable aspect of being in the studio?
The most enjoyable part was the amount of fun we had in the studio working with Jason (our engineer). He’s a great guy, and he’s always up for a laugh which made us feel at ease. It removed the pressure, and made tracking easier and more enjoyable.
What do fans have to look forward to in the future of At World’s End?
We are currently working on the follow-up to Emptiness Follows which will be our first full-length album. There are some great tracks already written and we can’t wait to share them.