It takes great determination and lots of self-confidence for an otherwise English-speaking metal act to garnish the opener of their new album with two German lines:
Eins, zwei, drei, vier – the very end is here,
We try to leave but someone’s locked all the doors,
Fünf, sechs, sieben, acht – wer hat´s kaputtgemacht?
We try to forget but there is blood on the floor
THE VERY END are obviously here to decry injustice. After all, a lot of damage is currently being done to humankind version 2.0 in terms of permanent stimulus satiation, a decline in traditional values and an addiction to extreme experiences.So should the light be switched off and the world be eliminated, as the album title Turn Off The World suggests? “No, says vocalist Björn Gooßes, “But we shouldn’t accept everything without question.” THE VERY END’s third album has been scheduled for release on November 27th in North America and its set to impress listeners with authenticity and an uncompromising attitude in every single note. THE VERY END come from the Ruhr area, a region with a traditionally large working-class population, and – like their geographical and stylistic neighbors Kreator and Sodom – they have been forged from real steel.
Thanks to a band who have grown even stronger after two line-up changes, their metal doesn’t shine on Turn Off The World, but comes across like a jagged, yet razor-sharp blade. Along with vocalist Björn Gooßes, guitarist René Bogdanski and bassist Marc Beste, the two new additions Alex Bartkowski (guitars, ex-Guerrilla) and Daniel Zeman (drums, Enemy Of The Sun) have been vital in perfecting THE VERY END’s typical mix of hard riffs, ferocious grooves and melodic passages. Thrash numbers such as “Iron Sky” stand side by side with epic wrecking-ball tracks along the lines of “To Feed On Hope” and melancholy titles like “Maelstrom Calling”.
The band reenlisted the producer/sound engineer team of Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne, who worked on their 2011 release Mercy & Misery. Gooßes commented on working with Waldemar and Dennis again, “We learned an awful lot from Waldemar and Dennis on Mercy & Misery. This time around, it was more like a fruitful exchange of opinions which has lead to an awesome result.”
A result which included Entombed’s LG Petrov contributing guest vocals on the death metal-oriented track “The Black Fix”. States the band, “Naturally, being fans of old-school death metal, LG is one of our old-time heroes whom we are proud to present on our new album.” Turn Off The World consists of eleven songs which would easily be capable of switching off the world – but not before every fan of tough metal sounds has listened to this outstanding album!