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To suffer is to survive, and few young hardcore units are as bound to this cold truth than the resilient Canadian act End of Crisis. Having been forced to endure the tragic loss of guitarist Tonny Grondin while on tour in late 2010, what could have resulted in the group’s immediate disbanding instead fuelled the band’s resolve to forge ahead, honouring their fallen brother by carrying on his vision for End of Crisis, an important cornerstone of Montreal’s tightly-knit hardcore scene.
Vocalist JP Charlebois laments Grondin’s passing: “To see your bandmate die at the age of 20 makes you realize a lot of things. Sometimes we wish he would still be here but what can we do?”
With the typical lifespan of hardcore bands predictably short, the band’s future is understandably not written in stone. But the profound wisdom gained by its remaining members has set the tone for even deeper meaning to their music than before; concepts of hope, destiny, inevitability of change and the need to adapt, among other existentialist reflections, are all subjects to be explored by End of Crisis with their new material.
Already champions of the live circuit for years following the 2009 release of their “For Better Days” EP, the unshakeable End of Crisis have completed the writing process for their forthcoming debut full-length, which the band is currently recording in their hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Fuelled by the utmost rage, sincerity, and positivity, the as-yet-untitled record can be previewed via the appropriately-titled new track “Heart & Soul,” available for listening via the band’s presskit and social media profiles. Expect more tracks to emerge as they are recorded in the months to come.
“We are 5 guys that are really down to earth and don’t pretend to play any games or fool people into believing in something we aren’t putting our hearts into. Our passion is true and we want to share this with the rest of the world.” End of Crisis credit Dave Boucher from Extensive Enterprise Boucher for looking out for the band during its formative years, thus enabling them to share the stage with bands like Suicide Silence, Emmure, For Today, First Blood, After The Burial, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, Trapped Under Ice, and other notables.
As the North American underground will soon find out, the band’s passionate blend of half-part melodic hardcore, half-part brutal metalcore is enough to make any angry kid step off and mosh. Armed with a new van, trailer, shirts, and live backdrop, the band is eager to showcase their powerful new material to fans across Canada and the U.S. this fall and well into 2012. Catch the band live to bear witness to the true meaning of perseverance.