Inevitable End – The Severed Inception (Relapse/Riot)

Swedish metallers Inevitable End have had a path through brutal music from thrash to death and have ended up somewhere in the middle.
Release Date: 
23 Mar 2009 (All day)

Swedish metallers Inevitable End have had a path through brutal music from thrash to death and have ended up somewhere in the middle. Founded in 2003 in Jönkoping, Sweden, they started out highly influenced by the thrash genre. They spent several years mixing different styles into their sound, released EPs and played all over eastern Europe and at home and eventually, in 2007, signed toRelapse Records and put together their debut album as the “new” Inevitable End. That album, The Severed Inception, is out on 23 March.

On their MySpace page the band say: “The album blasts with a relentless fury and never once lets up on the deluge of punishing drums, savage screaming and razor-sharp guitar. Inevitable End merges the highest levels of classic Swedish musicianship with American brutality to create an unforgettable modern death metal assault.”

I have to admit that their description is not far off the mark. The album bolts from the gate with a hardcore brutality from the opening title track. The whole thing is very tight, displaying that Swedish precision we’ve come to expect, with nice pauses and hiatuses that really pin the sound together. The sonic attack drops back from time to time, but the flavour of what Inevitable End are trying to achieve never goes very far away.

The vocals are brutal too, with no letup, no melodic vocal breaks. The drums are sharp and excellently produced, avoiding the mistake a lot of bands make where the focus of the drums is lost in the mix. The thrash influence is still very heavily evident with some great headbanging anthems like Dreamsight Synopsis and Distorted (which is only just over one minute long, but it’s a good minute).  The guitar lines are clever and punch out some solid riffs, the bass is often doom laden and hits you right where it should, vibrating your soul. If anything, it’s the bass that could sometimes do with a bit more boost in the mix.

Things start to get a bit grey in the middle of the album, not enough variety making the tracks start to blur together a little bit, but then things pick up again around Apprentice Luminous Acquaintance, which is a great track that brings the doom back and injects some spice back into the record. I would call this a thrash record with a heavy death metal influence, rather than the other way around, and it works very well.

This is a solid debut and adds to the ever growing resurgence of thrash or thrash-influenced metal. Keep an eye on Inevitable End – if they can put out a record like this on debut and keep the momentum in future releases then we’ll be hearing a lot more from them.

Inevitable End's The Severed Inception is out on 23 March on Relapse/Riot.