"The Wretched End return with a fantastic album!!!"
- Music Trespass
"..one hell of a catchy piece of work with deep melodies creating a bleak atmosphere.."
- The Moshville Times
- Sputnik Music, 4.5 of 5
9 of 10 - Mega-Metal.de
It has been nearly four years since new sounds have emerged from the fiery studio alliance of former Emperor/Zyklon guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder/Windirguitarist/vocalist Cosmo, and Dark Funeral drummer Nils "Dominator" Fjellstrom. This April, that silence ends with the worldwide release of In These Woods, From These Mountains.
Boasting a darker foundation than its predecessors, In These Woods, From These Mountains was recorded by the band themselves and mixed with producer Marius Strand in Norway. Mastered at Fascination Street in Sweden, it is without doubt the strongest and most varied of the extreme metal band’s growing sonic portfolio.
“Dead Icons” opens the album with fervent drumming and the signature buzz of Samoth’s celebrated six-strings. Harrowing vocals cater to the songs blasting and calculated cadence. Old friend Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Tormentor) lends hand on “Old Norwegian Soul” while Leprous vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg and Red Harvest’s LRZ contribute on the band’s unexpected adaptation of Bel Canto’s “Dewy Fields” for the album’s epic closer.
“It’s great to finally have this album ready for release. It took us some years for various reasons; different things in our every day and professional lives that took a lot of focus on our parts. We never felt any great pressure. Looking back, I think the whole process affected the album in a positive way. I personally feel I’ve almost come full circle with this new album, bringing more elements rooted in the darkness of black metal.” - Samoth
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