The 1990’s Death/thrash metal band Wickeds End has reformed and released a new full length album, Reformation (irony?).
Sometimes bands have quite a story and Wickeds End may be another on that list, especially when you consider the band going all the way back to 1992. In the early 90’s the band made appearances on both a Tooth & Nail Records sampler, Various Noize vol. 1 and on Heaven’s Metal Hard Music vol. 1, both coming out in 1994. During that time, appearances like that would often lead to some type of deal on some label be it a larger one like Tooth & Nail or one of several smaller Christian labels that handled metal. Fast forward to January 2016 and Wickeds End releases their self-mixed and mastered full length Reformation on Sky Burns Black Records.
One of the first things I noticed in listening to the album was the presence of a good bit of groove in the heavy riffs and some doom elements that reminded me a good bit of Black Sabbath. Not at all what I was expecting. “Divine Annointing” opens up the album and initially, there is that heavy groove and around the 1:40 mark in the song, there is the Sabbath riff to change the direction of the song. Vocals are perhaps a bit quiet at times in the mix and mostly they stay with a deep death growl but do switch up at times with near shrieking that would sound more at home on a black metal album. Yes, all of this is happening within the first song. “Breath of the Prophet” begins almost immediately after the first song ends and if you miss the end of “Divine Annointing” you may think “Breath of the Prophet” is the same song as they are a bit similar. Continue reading »