ENDSTAND: Spark: CD

It’s a shame that this influential 1980s Finnish hardcore band ended up making such a bland record. The taste buds didn’t make it with the band to the studio when this one was recorded. Endstand went on an unexpected hiatus early in 2008, canceling announced shows after an anticipated comeback. It’s no surprise the band was in flux because this album really doesn’t live up to their classic material. Spark has much more in common with boring fourth wave NYHC than it does with the dynamic sounds hailing from Finland in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 –Art Ettinger (Combat Rock)