Layers of Aggression: An Interview with Will Putney (END)

There's more to the band's debut LP than meets the eye.

What began with the relentless The Unforgiving Arms Of God (2017) EP has now evolved to new extremes as supergroup END have upped their ante with a full fledged, full-length assault.

Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face, which arrives on June 5th via Closed Casket Activities, is an honest effort charged by the musical curiosity of musicians involved with some of metal's most trailblazing bands, including THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, COUNTERPARTS, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, MISERY SIGNALS and more. Despite the vast difference between each of the mentioned bands, END finds common ground between them all and bridges the gaps to form one blistering grind outing. From the opening barrage of Covet Not to the hard-hitting breakdowns of closer Sands of Sleep, Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face attacks track after track and allows very little breathing room as if anyone ever expected to relax from grind of this caliber.

We talk to END mastermind Will Putney about all things Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face:

With ‘Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face’ fast approaching, it serves as a culmination of your growth. This being the band’s debut full-length, do you feel that you have anything to prove, as if to make a definitive opening statement?

Putney: I don’t know if we have anything to prove. It’s music that we all really like to make and wanted to have fun with. It’s more of an outlet to play a style of music I never really had a chance to play. For us, it was just for fun with no real agenda, which is really how the band started and still kind of how it feels.

As you mention, END is really a result of your own passions. You of course have the freedom to take it in any direction you’d like compared to if you were working on another band’s record. That said, where did you want to take ‘Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face’ musically?

Putney: I wanted to pay tribute to all of the different influences from this genre that I grew up really being a fan of while also doing our own thing. We went into this just wanting to have fun with heavy music and do some extreme stuff. We kept that mentality through the recording process and made a record we really enjoy for ourselves.