Hailing from the no-man’s-land between earth-scorching metal and penny-candy pop, End The Century is a band to keep an eye on in the near future. On their debut album, Hammer & The Anvil, ETC drives home the sentiment that, despite the fact that they’ve been a band for under a year, they know their way around a song. They’ve got the musical wizardry, and they’ve got the form and structure to back it up. The relentless double-bass pounding, buzzsaw guitars, and white-noise screams will have metal fans smiling from ear to ear. Just as importantly, ETC knows how to connect with an audience in a way that major-label money can’t buy. Paramount to that, the band can make that intensely personal connection that is missing in so many bands these days. Hammer & The Anvil is an auspicious setup for what could become a seminal band in the new hardcore and metal scene.