NewsJuly 7, 2022 12:19 PM ET5,594 views

End and Cult Leader premiere songs from new split EP

'Gather & Mourn' will be available this September.

End and Cult Leader

Official press release:

Two of underground music's most undeniable and unpredictable forces of nature have collided: END and Cult Leader have joined together to release their split EP, Gather & Mourn (Closed Casket Activities and Deathwish Inc.) on CD/CS/Digital formats on September 9 (with vinyl variants to follow).

This four track-collection finds each of these each of luminaries firing at full blast with the kind of heavy music that simultaneously repulses as it enraptures, fusing grind, hardcore, and death metal with an ominous intensity befitting of a world on fire.

The project itself represents the strength of the underground community, marking an important joint release between arbiters of integrity Closed Casket Activities and Deathwish Inc. Converge guitarist and producer Kurt Ballou (Cave In, High on Fire) notably mixed Cult Leader's two tracks, while END guitarist Will Putney recorded, mixed, and mastered END in addition to mastering Cult Leader. Deathwish Inc. co-founder and Converge frontman Jacob Bannon also personally created the artwork and layout.

Both heads of this vicious sonic hydra have built an unshakable foundation, leaving fans and press in awe. Among widespread acclaim from Brooklyn Vegan, Invisible Oranges, and more, END's 2020 full-length, Splinters from an Ever-Changing Face, earned a rare "5-out-of-5" star review from Kerrang! followed by "4-out-of-5" from Metal Hammer.  However, END roar back with their first release since 2020 now. With an unimpeachable pedigree, the group consists of Will Putney (Graphic Nature Audio, Fit For An Autopsy) [guitar], Brendan Murphy (Counterparts) [vocals], Gregory Thomas (Ex-Misery Signals) [guitar], Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme, Ex-Blacklisted) [bass], and Billy Rymer [Drums] (ex-Dillinger Escape Plan). Drawing on the chemistry between these seasoned musicians, their first single from the split, "Eden Will Drown," steamrolls forward at full speed fueled by bludgeoning rhythms, smart bomb-precise guitars, and a foreboding roar.

Listen to END's "Eden Will Drown":

Meanwhile, Cult Leader continue to fixate listeners with a different breed of darkness. Gather & Mourn picks up where they left on 2018's A Patient Man. The latter landed highly coveted year-end spots on Consequence's top 25 Metal and Hard Rock Albums (#19), Revolver's Best Albums (#11) and more; it also generated millions of streams, highlighted by "to:Achlys" and "I Am Healed."

Cult Leader unleash their first new music in four years now with the single "Ataraxis." Clocking in at just under two minutes, it hinges on guttural growls, pummeling percussion, and chaotic guitars, speaking to the band's mastery of cataclysmic intensity.

Listen to Cult Leader's "Ataraxis":

Gather & Mourn heralds a next era of heavy music, translating the pulse of the underground into an unshakable sonic storm.

Gather & Mourn track listing:

"Eden Will Drown" (END)
"The Host Will Soon Decay" (END)
"Ataraxis" (Cult Leader)
"Long Shadows" (Cult Leader)


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evil_hero 7/7/2022 9:23:23 AM

this press release should have ENDed a lot sooner

anonymous 7/7/2022 9:25:38 AM

Usernames don't have the ear or brain for this. It's too difficult for then to comprehend.

anonymous 7/7/2022 9:29:54 AM

could shart in the electric factory stall the dude from lifeless got a blowy jay in and make better music. homie in end only knows about money not music. that a 3' inseam shorts

anonymous 7/7/2022 9:31:13 AM

Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it outit.. :) AND GOOD LUCK.:) HERE====)> 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦

anonymous 7/7/2022 9:33:30 AM

I bet you couldn't play the guitar riffs in this song Bitchboi

rick_tocchet 7/7/2022 9:42:53 AM

END. Let me listen to a band that is named after what my microwave tells me after I cook a case of ©Bagel Bites for dinner 6 nights a week.

anonymous 7/7/2022 10:05:39 AM

I bet you couldn't play the guitar riffs in this song Bitchboi I got the counterparts tab book. something the lead singer didn't write a lick of. he just kicked the guy out that did though. is stolen valor a thing in Canada?

anonymous 7/7/2022 10:12:49 AM

Cult Leader featuring Donald Trump

anonymous 7/7/2022 10:13:16 AM

End It is the better band

evil_hero 7/7/2022 10:25:26 AM

anonymous 54 minutes ago could shart in the electric factory stall the dude from lifeless got a blowy jay in and make better music. homie in end only knows about money not music. that a 3' inseam shorts lmfao! you need to become a username

anonymous 7/7/2022 11:18:33 AM

As long as Cult Leader doesn't do that whack singing sh!t.

anonymous 7/7/2022 12:32:24 PM

Bagel bites- the food of alphas.

NorthFromHere 7/7/2022 1:13:51 PM

Putney sucks. He's King Midas in reverse: everything he touches turns to shit.

anonymous 7/7/2022 1:35:20 PM

Why do all the bands he records have high streaming numbers, tour and merch sales, and seem to be playing well attended shows and tours?

anonymous 7/7/2022 2:27:35 PM

imagine dickriding a f*cking audio engineer putney and his goons should clean their ears with a 12 guage music doesnt need them at all

anonymous 7/7/2022 2:34:08 PM

I bet you couldn't play the guitar riffs in this song Bitchboi like metal needs more dickheads who'd rather masturbate furiously over their fretboards than write an actual memorable song

anonymous 7/7/2022 3:27:40 PM

Imagine not being able to have a defensible counter argument on an internet comment board

anonymous 7/7/2022 3:33:52 PM

Can we all collectively agree that Brendan Murphy is the most unfunny human on the internet. Big turd

anonymous 7/7/2022 3:40:39 PM

This may scare you, and will certainly confuse you: bands can have songs that are compositionally advanced, and technically intricate while being memorable.

anonymous 7/7/2022 4:51:27 PM

^ found the virgin progmetal fan

anonymous 7/7/2022 6:07:37 PM

Cult Leader is dope.

anonymous 7/7/2022 9:13:12 PM

Imagine wanting to have anything to do with Jake Bannon?? I get his bandmates are, unfortunately, stuck with him and most of the "staff" at Deathwish wouldn't qualify to work at Whole Foods but other than those, who wants to deal with that mongo???

anonymous 7/7/2022 9:34:43 PM

He. Is. Never. Coming. Back.

anonymous 7/9/2022 8:36:00 PM

End is amazing. Minus their bassist who seems to prefer performing 95% nude.

anonymous 7/10/2022 5:42:33 PM

What's the first rule of Fight Club? G-string underwear.

anonymous 7/10/2022 8:16:59 PM

Alex is going off to start a website for tanners pickles... Sayonora amigo.

anonymous 7/10/2022 8:51:56 PM

Your moms f*cked the members of this band

anonymous 7/10/2022 9:03:17 PM

Alex enable the comments on the new ownership thread THINK OF THE COMMENTS

anonymous 7/11/2022 12:55:31 AM


anonymous 7/11/2022 1:57:48 AM

think of the comments, this shitty website wouldn't be anything without daily anonymous banter

anonymous 7/11/2022 5:20:15 AM

Zack Rogers from South Florida here, I own a buttplug collection that I surprise younger girls with when they come over

anonymous 7/11/2022 6:39:48 AM

The new "owner" of Lambgoat asked members of the message board to dox other members because he's too baby bitch to fight his own battles. He "bought" Lambgoat because everyone is mean to him and he desperately wants his failure of a father to accept him. Meanwhile, Gina is still getting her back blown out in Colorado by multiple dudes after she left that pudgy little bastard.

anonymous 7/11/2022 6:54:21 AM

the fact that END played at 12pm at TIHC while bands like Combust, SYSC, and Shackled played after them is completely ridiculous.

anonymous 7/12/2022 5:58:32 AM


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