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On disc: Ruins

Cauldron - Carsten Bahr - 9 stars


(Debemur Morti - 2009)

I was wrong when I thought that Ruins are Scandinavians, which I did after the first spin, but Ruins is a duo from Down Under. Alex Pope (guitar, bass vocals) and Dave Haley (drums) really sound like they are coming from the North, these guys offer some icy black metal. If you expect that melodies are rarely found, then you are wrong! But they add some death metal elements and a dash of dirty rock'n'roll as well as a pinch of jazz and thrash. Most songs are mid-paced or even slower, but every now and then they explode and offer some ultra fat double bass attacks and blast beats. Time for drummer Dave Haley to shine. The guitar play won't leave you unsatisfied, coz even if the guitar parts are complex and varying so they flow into breaks and harmonies. The album has a powerful and thick sound which helps Ruins to surprise with sound details. But you need several spins to discover all the details! Everybody who likes a mix of Satyricon, Shining and Keep of Kalessin should check out the second output of these Australian band! Song writing, atmosphere and sound are harmonious and so I can just recommend this black metal album to fans of frosty black metal sounds!

9 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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