CD REVIEW The Wretched End

Band: The Wretched End
Title: Inroads
Label: Nocturnal Art Productions / Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release date: April 23rd 2012
Review: CD

The Wretched End are a young project from Norway, one of the many things with Tomas ‘Samoth’ Haugen from Emperor, Thou Shalt Suffer, Zyklon, Zyklon-B or Scum-fame in its ranks. Another ‘big’ name, a Swedish one, is Nils ‘Dominator’ Fjellström of Odhinn / In Battle / Aeon / Dark Funeral / Sanctification / …-fame, and Norwegian colleague Cosmocrator, also in Scum, as well as in MindGrinder or Source Of Tide (and session musician for, for example, Zyklon too). Soon after the formation, The Wretched End started recording a first studio full length, which was titled Ominous and which got released through Nocturnal Art Productions in 2010 – a label owned by Emperor-members, by the way. The main problem with that album was the clinical sound, the sterile approach and the lack of ‘balls’ whatsoever. A shame for sure. The past brought so many stronger things within the very same Post-Apocalyptic sphere, and with such a ‘huge’ names, I did expect much, much more than such an average recording.
This time, however, The Wretched End gets much further in many aspects. Still acts like Zyklon, Khold / Tulus / Sarke or (later) Satyricon might come to mind (and so are some specific acts from Poland, Canada, France etc., for example), yet especially Thorns (!) is a name that comes to mind very soon, and very often, this time. Thorns, the one with Satyricon (session) members in its ranks indeed. It comes with a comparable post-industrialised sound, balancing in between ominous spheres of Post-Black and modern Death-Thrash Metal, and penetrating Behemoth / Decapitated-alike mechanical brutality with Immolation / Hour Of Penance / Origin-injected technical skills.

87/100

Ivan Tibos.