It has been nearly four years since new sounds has emerged from the fiery studio alliance of former Emperor and Zyklon guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder and Windir guitarist/vocalist Cosmo, and Dark Funeral drummer Nils Dominator Fjellström. This April, that silence ends with the worldwide release of “In These Woods, From These Mountains”.
At the conclusion of Zyklon, Samoth’s post-Emperor project, THE WRETCHED END began as a collaboration between Cosmo and himself in 2008. The duo previously worked together in death punk band Scum (also featuring former Emperor drummer Bard Faust, Turbonegro’s Happy Tom, and Amen’s Casey Chaos). Due to Samoth’s extensive involvement with the assemblage of Emperor’s 20th Anniversary headliner shows for their pivotal album In the Nightside Eclipse, the recording process of the new album has been a longer journey than originally intended. “It’s great to finally have this album ready for release,” comments Samoth. “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.”
“In These Woods, From These Mountains” features design work by Norwegian artists Trine Paulsen and Kim Sølve (Ulver, Arcturus, Enslaved). 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.