When it comes to black metal, it can be easy to fall into the trap of making music that sounds all too similar to all the other bands in the genre and that’s sadly what Endzeit have done for the most part. Years Of Hunger is a pretty solid EP, there’s no denying that, but it brings absolutely nothing new to the table.
The songs are wonderfully grim and desolate-sounding, with a darkness to them that encapsulates there being no hope, which fits in well of the concept of the EP as it tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world where life, hope and just the future in general has decayed into nothingness. Indeed, track Godless is a perfect description of this and the lyrics of there is no sun seem very symbolic – whilst they can be taken literally, they can also be interpreted in a more abstract sense in the way that the ‘light’ has gone out and everyone has lost hope, and are just shadows of what they once were
Life? is perhaps the most unique of the piece, beginning with a melodic introduction and eerie sung vocals that continue even when the harsh vocals kick in, and it really adds a lot to the music as a result, making things a little more unique and putting their own stamp on the music they’re creating.
As a whole, there’s nothing massively new about Years Of Hunger but there’s a lot of potential within the five songs (which also includes a Dark Funeral cover as a closer!) and with time, Endzeit could become something special.