Like A Storm consists of four Kiwis who have recently toured the United States with bands such as Creed, Staind, Hoobastank and Puddle Of Mudd. Surely they must be good? Well, the answer isn’t quite as positive as you would hope. The originality of the band is sadly lacking and although you can never judge a book by it’s cover, when you look at their image you automatically presume you are going to listen to emotional pop-rock music that is riddled with clichéd lyrics. It also has to be observed that The End Of The Beginning was hardly the most unique album title.

However, it is the music that counts, not the band’s image or name. Nirvana could have dressed their hair up in pig tails and wore dresses (well…to be fair, they did when the opportunity arose) but at the end of the day their music was sensational. Therefore, Like A Storm should be given the benefit of the doubt. The End Of The Beginning actually surprises you with an interesting introduction, doused in the sound of a didgeridoo. However, after the short opener you are introduced to the real sound of Like A Storm with single “Chemical Infatuation” which quite frankly, reeks of Puddle Of Mudd. The grungy, but melodic pop-rock continues throughout and unfortunately makes you feel like you’ve travelled back to the early naughties.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure plenty of teenage rock fans who couldn’t care less about originality and just want something to jump up and down to, while singing emotional heartfelt lines will love The End Of The Beginning. However, for someone who grew up in their teens with pop radio playing Nickleback’s “How You Remind Me” and Hoobastank’s “The Reason” on loop, I struggle to praise an effort that is inferior to similar efforts made a decade ago.

Track Listing:

01. The End Of The Beginning
02. Chemical Infatuation
03. What It’s Like
04. Just Save Me
06. Don’t Cry
07.Lie To Me
08. Galaxy (Rest In Peace)
09. Make A Stand
11. Change Tomorrow
12. Keep The Pain Alive

Run Time: 48:20
Release Date: September 30, 2009