Thursday, March 19, 2009

Inevitable End - The Severed Inception (Relapse, 2009)

Relapse has released a solid crop of albums in 1Q09. Cerebral Metalhead will review one of them a day this week.


Do I have no radar for irony? Am I crazy? Or is everybody else? Why is it so difficult to find any evidence linking Swedish death-grinders Inevitable End with the devout Christ-worship that their debut LP The Severed Inception hints at? Does nobody read lyrics anymore? Did you not notice that line that reads "Keeper of life, you are the only true satisfaction / Now rise!" from "Embracing the Origin?" Or the part from "Collapse in Reverse" that reads "The Christ himself is eternal insight / All secrets are hidden in him / He holds the key to your freedom?" This shit is full on evangelism. And it worries me a bit that nobody has picked up on it, that Relapse's publicity corps mentioned nothing of it in their press release that accompanied the album. In a recent ThrashMag.com interview, an unnamed member of Inevitable End wrote "society is on a downfall as the organized system through politics, religions etc. steal (sic) the freedom of mankind." Huzzah for picking up on a point that's been obvious for centuries, but have you read your own band's lyrics?


My worry is less that the message itself is inherently dangerous -- I'm generally in favor of alternate perspectives in metal, even (especially?) those that seem anathema to metal dogma -- and more that Inevitable End and their handlers seem so averse to acknowledging said perspectives. Are they afraid that the band's music isn't strong enough to combat the outpouring of ignorance that would surely flow if Inevitable End were revealed as a quartet of God-fearing Swedes? Maybe the dissonance between the band's Christ-pimping and peppy Cryptopsy vs. Aborted via Behemoth brutalism is too extreme for fans to handle? Either way, something smells awfully fishy on The Severed Inception, and it ain't just the formaldehyde-soaked snake on the cover.


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5 comments:

Excaliber said...

This may be the worst Music Review I have ever read! Nothing is mentioned about the music on the album, who cares if these guys a Christian or not? Can they Play? Is the music Brutal??

When I read a music review I am looking for Information on the musical content of an album such as Intros/Outros, Breakdowns, Bridges and Solos?

Etan said...

Excaliber: yes, they can play, and sure, the music is brutal enough. But to me The Inevitable End is way less interesting for their music than for the bizarre disconnect between their lyrical content and marketing.

Anonymous said...

What if Inevitable End rises a flag with a satanic pentagram? Isnt dangerous? isnt satanism a religion? Why JESUSCHRIST is dangerous? Your comment is closed-minded, The music is exellent, and that's the only important fact.

Etan said...

Hey anonymous number two, you're clearly not reading my post. I never said that Christianity or Jesus was dangerous -- hence the portion that reads "My worry is less that the message itself is inherently dangerous -- I'm generally in favor of alternate perspectives in metal, even (especially?) those that seem anathema to metal dogma -- and more that Inevitable End and their handlers seem so averse to acknowledging said perspectives." As ridiculous as the idea of a pro-Christian black metal band seems, that's not what bothers me. I think it's a band's foremost responsibility to be honest about where they're coming from. And Inevitable End are not, at least in press materials.

Hogg said...

Hi!
I'm a christian and I mean that it is important to stand for what we believe in. As I understand from your quoting from the lyrics it seems that Inevitable End means exactly the same. If you are interested in the lyrics, just open the booklet and read them. I can't see that there's anything fishy about this. It's all in the booklet for everyone to see, if someone wants to know what they sing about.

And also, it would be great if you posted an extended review that also mentions the music, as I'm considering buying this album. :)