The Gold Rush that created an absolute frenzy back in the 1850s might be well and truly lodged in the past, but Ballarat might have just struck gold again in the form of new kids on the block, Upon World’s End. The five piece, heavy metal outfit have been whirling up a storm of their own, and have recently released their EP “King”, which boasts loud noises and zealous growls. OVERDRIVE Music Magazine recently got their hands on the EP, and the following is what we had to say on the five track.

For those who might be unfamiliar with these guys, the gears that keep the Upon World’s End machine ticking are Chris Conroy (vocals), Brock Wing Jan (guitar), Kye Blomeley (secondary guitar), Andrew Borg (bass), and Benito Martino (drums).

The EP opens with “Bludgeon”, aptly named for the amount of brutality packed within its three minute duration. Conroy’s vocal range is impressive, and he hits his growls with precision – a technique many try to replicate, but not many can perfect (however it’s safe to say Conroy has it under perfect control). The instrumental saturation throughout the performance is brilliant – there’s a lot to love about this track, and is definitely the type of track you want to open up an album under positive light.

The EP’s title track, “King“, boasts some maniacal drum work (Martino, take a bow!) and overall instrumental prowess. Their combination of sound, and talent, is going to bring a lot of attention and traction their way, no doubt about it. They’re clean, they’re concise, and you can hear passion laced within the notes they perform. Conroy’s vocals, again, impressive on this showing.

The opening riff of “Untainted” is mesmerizing as all f**k, and the drum/bass combination that slowly accompanies builds to a crescendo of growls, before diving headfirst into the familiar Upon World’s End sound. This track adds another layer of depth to their overall performance, showcasing some different sounds we’ve yet to experience from these guys – and the softer instrumental sounds are definitely a treat to listen to!

ROT” opens with quirky keys, before Conroy brings the other instrumentals in with a bellowing scream. Although the instrumentals themselves are as solid as they have been throughout, it’s the use of the keys throughout that takes this performance to a new level – it’s a sound that has yet to have been heard on the album, and definitely adds not only another layer of depth, but provides a horror-like atmosphere that sits comfortably in the back pocket of Upon World’s End. Definitely the best track on the EP, and one you might listen to shamelessly on repeat – you’ve been warned!

The EP comes to an end with “Changes“, which has a sense of irony in the name given the change in sound within this track. It doesn’t boast the familiar ‘loudness’ that Upon World’s End have demonstrated throughout the EP, but still contains a f**kload of heaviness. Conroy’s vocals, again, do not fail to hit the mark, and the instrumental performance leaves no gas left in the tank in an all-out deliverance. Brilliant, and brutal, finish.