Inevitable End

The Oculus

Written by: PP on 15/07/2011 04:11:16

Oh dear. The extreme metal fans won't be happy with this one. On their previous album from a little over two years ago, Inevitable End was best described as a mixture of cutting-edge death metal and grindcore, an aggressive onslaught of aural destruction not much unlike Cephalic Carnage and others similar to them. It was a mix that had few (if any) trendy elements to it, appealing to the brutality-lusting grindcore/extreme/death metal masses much like a gory YouTube video of a lamb's slaughter. Little did they know, that the next Inevitable End album - "The Oculus" - would drop all that in favour of a hyper modern discordant mathcore sound that appears to make mockery of what the band used to stand for sonically. In other words, any death/grind/extreme metal that was previously dominant in their sound has either been pushed to the sidelines or abandoned entirely in favour of a technical and chaos-driven, coreinfluenced approach to songwriting that simply didn't exist in the past.

But you know what? Unless you belong to one of the steadfast elitist groups - the same people who felt like their holy altar of metal was blasphemed by the recent Morbid Angel debacle - the change is absolutely for the better. The sound throughout "The Oculus" isn't just a cacophonous mess of odd time-signatures, swirling riffs, modern mathcore sounds, dissonance and feedback. It is challenging and complex, an intelligent critique on your brains' ability to process nonsensical aural information as quickly as Inevitable End presents it. They have shifted precisely into the same position as a band like Heavy Heavy Low Low, where their music is structurally so absurdly complex and bizarre that for most people it'll come across as spastic music with an extreme case of an attention deficit disorder.

Such is the sheer speed and unpredictability at which Inevitable End engage in their off-timed stop-start passages and erratic execution. They play with the intensity and relentlessness of a grindcore band (at lightning speed of course), but with the complexity and forward-thinking mindset of a mathcore band who wants to be as extreme as a death metal band. Now who does that remind you again? A certain revolutionary act known as The Dillinger Escape Plan from their early years, perhaps? And not just them. Names like See You Next Tuesday and The Number Twelve Looks Like You appear frequently as parallels to the music on "The Oculus" instead of Decapitated, Psycroptic and other cherished death metal names of the past. And while they are respected bands in their own right, what Inevitable End have done here is a commendable and strong effort in a genre they should feel almost completely alien in based on previous experience. Prepare for an aural experience equivalent of a simultaneous crash between a 747, a freight train, a cargo truck, and this.

8

Download: Tell Us Parasites, Dogmaties Paralies, Zen
For the fans of: See You Next Tuesday, Heavy Heavy Low Low, The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 24.05.2011
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