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  THE WRETCHED END
'Inroads'
(Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records)
Release Date: 23rd April 2012


Jools Green

jools green



the wretched end inroads

If you haven't come across The Wretched End yet, now is the time. The extreme Metal trio, from Notodden in Norway consist of Thomas 'Samoth' Haugen, lead/rhythm guitars, formerly with Emperor and Zyklon, Cosmo, lead/rhythm/bass vocals, from Mindgrinder and Nils Fjellström, drums, ex Dark Funeral and Aeon. The band began initially as an extreme Metal collaboration project between Samoth and Cosmo in 2008.

Their first album 'Ominous', graced the ears of the 'Epicurean' Metalhead in 2010, an aural assault of Extreme Metal, heavily influenced by death, thrash and black Metal. That album was well received by both music fans and music press alike, also a personal favourite of mine, now they are back with their latest offering, 'Inroads'.

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On 'Inroads' the band have continued in the same vein of death, thrash and black influenced extreme Metal as their debut 'Ominous' and they have really built on that initial sound but 'Inroads' has a more blackened, sinister, apocalyptic feel to it, particularly the lyrics.

Musically the album is even tighter than the previous one. A great effort has been made to successfully build and improve on their last album and the result is excellent: an absolute 'face ripper' of an album!

Choosing a favourite track on this album is next to impossible; all nine are of an equally impressive standard, however, here's a few that stand out for me. The opening track, 'Tyrant Of The Mountain', has an 'ear grating' opening developing into a wave of frantic riffs, which makes for an excellent start to the album.

In 'Deathtopian Society' the combination of sirens, echoing, haunting, backing vocals gives a dark eerie atmosphere. 'Death By Nature' has a catchy chugging riff and aggressive vocal repeat pattern throughout making it the kind of catchy tune that sticks in the mind.

In 'Hunger' the tempo builds giving a sense of urgency and desperation and to top it off has a bluesy guitar solo that I absolutely love. 'Cold Iron Soul' with its delightfully diabolical sounding guitar riff gives a real sinister feel to the whole track.

The whole album has enough variety to keep it interesting but enough consistency of style to still gel together the apocalyptic concept, cleverly constructed from start to finish.

It was recorded at Strand Studio and the album cover design, aimed to feel cold, desolate and apocalyptic, was once again done by Trine + Kim Studio, responsible for the artwork on the previous album.

The release date for this masterpiece is April 23rd, my birthday. It doesn't get much better than that! Would I recommend it? Too right I would!!

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NOW AEROSMITH FANS CAN HAVE THEIR NAME IN FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.

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As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:



Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.








 


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