The Wretched End – Inroads

Band: The Wretched End
Album: Inroads
Release date: April 2012
Genre: thrash/death metal
Label: Nocturnal Art Productions

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There’s no doubt that Norway is rich in black metal bands. But once in a while a thrashier sound comes from those cold lands.

Still, when you listen to the very first track, “Tyrant Of The Mountain”, you can feel the influence of what is most well-known in that country. The cranking guitars soon go ballistic in that death-on-the-verge-of-black kind of way. Then there’s this change of pace more or less halfway through the song, which is what I usually call “the headbangers moment”, as the rhythm slows down but the power keeps pumping and you feel that urgent pull to bang your head along.

“Fear Propaganda” has also that “darker-than-thou” feeling to it. However, the general vibe of the whole album is indeed closer to the thrash/death definition, for its mix of obscure melodies and shredding riffs, as found in “Deathtopian Society”, “Death By Nature” or “The Haunting Ground”. By the way, there’s a cool detail in “Deathtopian Society”: a creepy voice in the chorus, as if spoken by some god or unearthly creature. And I really like the solo in “Throne Renowned Of Old”.

Also in this batch we can listen The Wretched End going through a more doomish path with “Blackthorn Winter”, which in my opinion was very well conceived.

Despite being the second album by these guys, I had never heard about them before. I will surely pay them more attention from now, as the quality of “Inroads” is truly worth it.

4/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

3 Responses to “The Wretched End – Inroads”

  1. Miguel"Inglês" Says:

    from what I heard in their new video Death By Nature, sounds Headbanging to me .
    Looking forward to listen the whole album .after this review

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