As far as black metal goes, this is something I can endure and even respect. Black metal is clearly where these Frenchmen come from, but it is by no means the be-all end-all for them.
I like when I can sense that it’s not just about hatred and being as cold and cruel as possible. Yes, I like ideas and variation and musicianship. And you get plenty of those with Way To End.
The shrill, cold guitar sound is still in focus, but the introduction of slightly jazzy as well as rock elements leaves you curios as to where the four Frenchmen will take you next. There seems to always be something new around the corner – without it ever quite crossing to line of contrived artsy-fartsiness (one of my favourite aversions).
Although this is not the album I'll take out from the shelves every week, I have to acknowledge that talent, musicianship and a termination to test the boundaries are central elements in a description of 'Desecrated Internal Journey – try it out - even if you’re not a black metal fan.