Saturday, January 02, 2010
Ruins "Front The Final Foes"
Ruins- Front The Final Foes
(Debemur Morti Productions)
“Time Insults The Mind” by Black Anvil impressed many critics last year with the band’s semi-melodic take on 80s-era black/ death metal. So much so, in fact, that the album ended up on numerous year end top ten lists. Turns out that there’s another, equally impressive band out there straddling that same line between black and death metal with homage to the 80s, and that would be Ruins. From Tasmania and sporting a few connections to various Australian bands such as Psycroptic, Ruins issue their third full-length, entitled “Front The Final Foes”, and second for the French label Debemur Morti Productions.
I’m not familiar with Ruins prior to this release, but, immediately, two influences seem to leap out on “Front The Final Foes”. First, the vocal delivery of Alex Pope is a dead ringer for that of Thomas Gabriel Warrior’s classic work in Celtic Frost. In addition, Ruins sound like an up tempo version of early Celtic Frost, albeit with better musicianship and a modern sound. Second, I’m also reminded of Goatwhore, another band that straddles the line between black and death metal, but with greater ferocity than, say, Black Anvil. For that matter, Goatwhore’s Ben Falgoust also sounds a bit like Warrior; hence, another similarity to Ruins.
Rather than just rehashing old ideas played out by these bands, Ruins do provide their own take on the fine line between black and death metal with well written songs that incorporate plenty of tempo changes, a concentration upon riffs that alternate between great speed and mid-paced groove, and catchy songwriting. All the while, Ruins are able to maintain a dark tone, darker than that of Black Anvil, probably enhanced by their appearance on Debemur Morti, a label that has a “true” reputation.
Although probably too far from black metal, like Black Anvil, to satisfy purists, Ruins are ferocious and would appeal to anyone with an interest in a modern version of 80s-era black/ death metal. Strongly recommended.
Ruins Official MySpace
Debemur Morti Productions