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The Very End

The Very End’s unique blend of ferocious grooves, catchy melodies and thrilling energy is rare to be found and will pay off the open-minded metalhead by all means. The band’s lyrical approach is just as colourful and balances between a vibrant blood red and utter black. Pushing the reader into the filthy, cold maelstrom of man itself, the lyrics perfectly reflect their musical ruthlesness and proof that nihilism can be quite enjoyable.

Founded in 2004 by René Bogdanski (guitars, ex-Ninnghizhidda / Black Messiah session guitar player) and Lars Janosch (drums, ex-Destillery), The Very End are children of the Ruhr area, a region with a traditionally large working-class population, which has been a fruitful soil for metal music ever since. Along with Björn Gooßes (vocals, ex-Night in Gales), Marc Beste (bass, Onkel Tom) and Alex Bartkowski (guitars, ex-Guerrilla) the band has eagerly been perfecting their signature sound over the years. Like their neighbours (both in terms of location and style) Kreator or Sodom, The Very End is forged from real steel and deem it their duty to not only keep the Ruhr area sound alive, but to bring it to the next level.

After the second demo “Soundcheck For Your Funeral” was named „Demo of the month“ in the German Metal Hammer magazine in 2007, the band signed their first record deal with Dockyard 1 from Hamburg, who released The Very End’s debut album „Vs. Life“ (Mastered by Dan Swanö/Unisound and later released in USA) in 2008. Regional press (WAZ) accompanied the band and portrayed these first steps in the music business with an online video documentary in three episodes, which can be found in the video section.

In 2010 the band signed to Steamhammer/SPV, one of Germany’s most renowned labels, which over the last 25 years has made great efforts with legends like Motörhead, Type O Negative, Sodom, Annihilator, Kreator and countless others. The Very End’s second album “Mercy & Misery” (2011)had been produced, mixed and mastered by Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Samael, Sentenced, Tiamat, among many others) and Dennis Koehne.

The Very End’s collaboration with producers Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Kohne as well as Steamhammer/SPV continued for their latest full length album “Turn Off The World” (2012). This album marked another important step for the band. After “Turn Off The World” reached the 5th rank in the German Metal Hammer soundcheck in December 2012, the magazine later declared it to one of the most important metal releases in 2012.

In 2016 The Very End were featured at the in the exhibition “Rock and Pop in the Ruhr Area”. The exhibition was held in one of Germany’s most prestiguous museums, the Ruhr Museum, which is located in the World Heritage Zeche Zollverein.

The year 2017 saw some more lineup-changes. The band added powerhouse drummer Jerome Reil to their ranks. The son of legendary Kreator drummer Jürgen „Ventor“ Reil replaced founding member Lars Janosch, who at last left the band for the second time.

Currently the band is working on new material for the next full length album, while its release date will be announced soon. But this is for sure: If you can turn off the world, you can most probably set it ablaze just as well!