Inevitable End - The Oculus
Record Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: May 24, 2011
An album will sometimes come along that is so chaotic and unhinged in nature that it leaves even the most dedicated mathcore fan feeling just a little overwhelmed. Jönkoping, Sweden-bred Inevitable End have just released said album with The Oculus. Though no strangers to blistering, dissonant metal, Inevitable End have taken their pulverizing sound and raised it up a notch. Incorporating blast beats, mathy guitar acrobatics and frenetic vocals, The Oculus is an album that is as exciting as it is exhausting. Sometimes, these songs fly by so fast that it becomes easy to miss how tight the musicianship truly is. The band is clearly a skilled bunch of musicians, capable of the kind of mathematical bludgeonings that many can only hope to achieve. And while their unrelenting musical attacks can be a setback (little room is left for the listener to catch their breath), Inevitable End manages to keep things interesting for most of the duration of this album. There's even a sitar appearance in one track and a slide guitar in another. Somehow, it all works.
Ultimately, this record is something of an acquired taste. Upon initial listens, it flies by with such speed and intensity that many of the songs blend together in one massive streak of algebraic metal fury. But upon repeated listens, the strengths of this record become more and more defined; the songs being to stand out from one another rather than bleed into one giant blob of dissonance. And while the album could easily veer into forgettable mathcore territory, there's enough creativity injected to keep it fresh and interesting. Unfortunately, though, in the span of the album's 13 tracks, some of these songs do become lost in the mix. The band opts for sheer brutal chaos in place of the kind of exemplary musicianship they're capable of (and indeed display rather well for a good portion of the record). This sort of thing is almost bound to happen, though, and in the grand scope of things, becomes easier to forgive when the overall creativity and skill showcased on the album are taken into account. It's a pulverizing listen and refreshing all at once. You may find yourself spinning some Red House Painters afterward just to unwind from the devastating mathcore whirlwind that is The Oculus.