2017 saw two releases from Your End (one in long form, and the other shorter), a Blackened Grind/Sludge Doom band hailing from both MI/NC. This shit straight up sounds disgusting and I love it. Although theses dudes reek of Black Metal filth, especially where the vocals and blasts are concerned, there is nothing cold about this band's sound or tone. I personally am a fan of the HM-2 pedal sound, that was made popular by Swedish Death Metal bands like Entombed and Dismember. It has been rediscovered countless times. and while some may think it's an overplayed gimmick, I Think there are some bands out there that are putting it to good use, and Your End is one of them. Their sound is fat and full, like a bloated corpse hosting a banquet for a families of maggots and flies. Not to mention these dudes are fucking detuned, and with that bass coming through in the mix, it really hits you fucking hard. They will bludgeon you like a beast with their slow and sludgy guitar riffs, and then pulverize you with their frenzied blasts. "Le Sombre Triomphe" has all the right elements, in all the right places. Like a demon taking possession of your body during an ancient ritual, once it grabs hold of your soul, it's grip is clenched tight, and it's hard to let go. This is what this music does for me.
The second release "Deathcamp" should be noted for its more Doom Metal anthems, while still retaining their penchant for blazing blast beat aggression. You will probably realize on this follow up they seem to not be using the HM-2 pedal, but the sound is very similar, and yet still very heavy. While there are subtle differences between the two releases, I see "Deathcamp" as being just a continuation of the previous release, hoping that this indicates the band might be releasing more in 2018. I'm actually not sure why this was split up like this, as this could have been release as one full album without even being that long. I don't have a favorite between the two, as they are both good, and I would just recommend listening to them back to back on heavy rotation. This shit is really good. Highly Recommended! Cheers! -Samir