The Wretched End
Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: October 25th 2010
Playing time: 45:40

I am so glad that I got introduced to hard rock and metal being just a snotty kid. All people who still think that metal is just screaming, shouting and raping some instruments at the same time: let them be, for they do not know what they miss out on. There isn't any other genre in which you can trace back all styles of music. Jazz, rap, classical, rock'n roll, hillbilly, etc etc, just name it and there is a metal band that uses it. Give the majority what they want; soulless commercial music written, arranged and planned by big record labels. Please, let metal stay somewhat underground and let us metal fans be a minority. Metal is a religion, believe it or not.

What has this to do with The Wretched End? Nothing, absolutely nothing, but I just had the inspiration to write it. The Wretched End was formed in 2008 as creative collaboration between Samoth (Emperor/Zyklon) and Cosmo (Mindgrinder). In the summer of 2009, the Swede Nils Fjellstrom (Dark Funeral, In Battle, Aeon) was confirmed as the drummer. Besides guitar and bass, Cosmo does also take care of the vocals.

Old school thrash fans, new wave old school thrash fans or just thrash fans, being old or new wave or ancient wave or whatsoever do have to buy yet another thrash record. This band isn't aiming to be original, but they just wanted to be good, and that is what they are; good. There are influences of Slayer, Exodus and Testament (just listen to the Slayer/Testament guitar work in "With Ravenous Hunger"), but they do also sound more current with references to Darkane or Witchery. The best of both worlds so to say. This is thrash how we want it, brutal and as hard as nails.

Enjoy people, enjoy!


01. Introduction (0:33)

02. Red Forest Alienation (2:58)

03. The Armageddonist (4:07)

04. Last Judgement (4:04)

05. Of Men and Wolves (4:04)

06. Numbered Days (4:28)

07. With Ravenous Hunger (3:24)

08. Fleshbomb (3:53)

09. Human Corporation (4:55)

10. Residing in Limbo (3:12)

11. The Juggernaut Theory (4:21)

12. Zoo Human Syndrome (5:16)

Label: Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Music
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: October 16th 2010