Two completely different albums from bands with very similar names:
THE ENID - WHITE GODDESS (1998)
Neo-classical synth heavy prog-rock with medieval undertones. The Enid has been around since the early 70's, and although this is some of their later work, it is 100% true to their sound and vision. I'm thinking I'll post this one and then work my way backward. This is some really nerdy shit for D&D geeks. It rules.
I saw a video of these guys opening for Hawkwind in the late 70's or early 80's a couple years back, and it really rocked my world. Some dude in a cape who looked like a cross between Stargate-era Mortiis and Ronnie James Dio was prancing about, shredding a guitar, while a big fat dude with a beard, wearing (only) overalls, pounded away on an analog synthesizer. Visceral shit, man.
THE END - WITHIN DIVIDIA (2004)
These dudes play that insane math-metal stuff that Dillinger Escape Plan popularized in the early 00's. Over-the-top shredding, geometrically dubious song arrangements, hyperactive/malfunctioning robot drumming, and throat-destroying vocal screeching are all ingredients for this bubbling stew of maniacal Metal goodness. Confusing in a good way.
PS This isn't The End from Finland. OR the one from Philadelphia. OR the one from Michigan. OR the one from from Portugal. OR the one from Sweden. OR the one from Germany. And don't confuse them with The End 666 from France. This is The End from Ontario, Canada, OK? Just to avoid any misunderstandings...
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