Inroads, by The Wretched End - 29_II_2.012

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22 Mar 2012, 23:51

The abdication of the throne in 2001 by Norwegian lers Emperor left a gaping hole within the realm of . The trio went their separate ways, and after three successful records in five years with Zyklon, guitarist Samoth moved briefly on to Casey Chaos’ underwhelming Scum project before collaborating with fellow Scum member Cosmo to create The Wretched End. Inroads, the sophomore record from The Wretched End, continues on a path first tread eleven years ago with Zyklon’s debut, World ov Worms, anchoring the record in fearsome concoction of death and that is as ruthless as ever.

In ‘Tyrant of the Mountain’, Inroads offers a scorching ingress for the uninitiated in just how lethal an injection of black metal to a death/thrash mixture can be, especially one that evokes equally the marks of Dew-Scented and 1349. The tyrannical, anti-human bile of ‘Deathtopian Society’ and ‘Fear Propaganda’ display more effectively than anything else the legacy of Zyklon, but ‘Death By Nature' and ‘Blackthorn Winter’ contain expansive melodic sections that pull away from this legacy; the latter concludes with a section of such epic majesty that it would not be out of place on Prometheus... or IX Equilibrium. It is only the relatively forgetful ‘With Ravenous Hunger’ and the tedious ‘The Haunting Ground’ that inspire any thoughts of mediocrity, but the relentless bloodlust of ‘Thrones Renowned of Old’ closes out the record with an apocalyptic raid that sears The Wretched End’s sound in to the synapses of the listener’s brain.

Many have followed with interest the progress of former Emperor partner Ihsahn as he sails towards the outer solar system of with his solo work, but Samoth has forged a formidable reputation for himself by staying within the orbits of black and . Inroads is a vastly more self-assured record than Ominous, and while it is impossible for Samoth to ever escape his exception curriculum vitae, The Wretched End can stand proudly on their own feet with yet another excellent record under their experienced belts.

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