But, as the release carries on, the more the lines become blurred between reality and delusional. The person in this nihilistic tale starts to feel as though he were a god himself, noted in some of the atmospheric passages such as the closing of “And Then Came the Pestilence”. Even the aforementioned “When All is Still, There is Nothing” holds a hint of hopefulness to our lead before a bit of Cynic-grade jazz signals a new world towards the end.
While The End may only be six tracks in length, the overall compositions spawl across forty minutes of rich, atmospheric black metal meant to take you on an apocalyptic journey and test the bounds of one’s own comprehension of godhood and immortality. While not every track ends up the most engrossing, it still remains something that needs to be experienced in full for a proper impact. With five years since Manetheren‘s last effort dropped, The End stands as a solid return for the band, right on the most appropriate label for such an emotionally charged outing.