Arise And Ruin
The Final Dawn


2.5
average

Review

by Ryan Williford USER (48 Reviews)
October 29th, 2007 | 13 replies | 4,586 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the worst, but no where near the best.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Canadian Metal, it consists of some of the best bands around(Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Despised Icon, Strapping Young Lad, and Unexpect). But since there is some great bands in Canada, you knew Victory records would get their hands on a Canadian metal band. Here comes Arise and Ruin who signed on June 4th. I knew nothing of this signing, but I found out about this band late last week through a Victory metal Sampler that came with my The Autumn Offering Street Team package. The two tracks peaked my interest but is their debut album “The Final Dawn” up to par with those two tracks?

The vocals by Ryan Bauchman are that gritty mixture of hardcore and metal that will make both genres’ fans happy. Ryan really does not have a very wide range that he uses and it gets boring about midway through the album. In [End of The Road[/b] his vocals finally change for about one word and it showed great potential for his range to diversify. On To The Grind it sounds like on a few lines they used vocal effects to make the vocals sound better. I do not like how Ryan’s lyrics likes to use the words “F*cking” or “F*ck.” It seems they are just thrown there to make him seem like a Bada.ss, when it really makes him seem like a wuss. Ryan just seems like a one-dimensional vocalist that will either need to widen his range or leave this band to help the out.

The guitars in the first song starts out with a pretty decent riff, nothing new but it holds the song down and has you headbanging to start out with. The guitars finally get into full swing on The Final Dawn. While in the full swing, it is still nothing new and really is making Canadian Metal look bad. Brent Munger and Greg Richmond needs to learn how to write better guitar riffs. The riff in To The Grind is so dull and uninspired it brings me to ask myself how this band ever got signed to any record deal. I will give credit where credit is due, the solo on To The Grind was actually good. I will also give credit to the harmonizing guitars on Amidst Devils.

The drums are really a best on this album. Derek Prince-Cox plays them loud and fast. They really take in the hardcore influence on the track Bound By Blood. End of the Road has a great drum intro that leads into some great drumming in the song. Derek is being highly underused in this band. He has the makings of being a great drummer but is being held back(see: Amidst Devils).

This is not the worst album that’s ever been released, not even on Victory Records, but it could’ve been so much better. The vocals need to be more varied and non-monotone while the guitarists need to learn how to write better riffs. At this moment, there are two options for this band if they want to produce a great album. The drummer kicks everyone out of the band and starts anew, or the vocalist expands his range while the guitarists learn how to write decent riffs and solos.

2.70/5

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Tyler
Emeritus
October 29th 2007



7926 Comments


Saw these guys live and holy shit was I bored. They sounded like Unearth minus any interesting hooks. Their vocalist was a total meathead too, kept yelling at the crowd saying JUMP THE FUKC UP MOTHER FUCKERRRRRR.
Review is kind of condescending, I really can't stand how you assume that one shitty band is making "canadian metal look bad". This Message Edited On 10.29.07

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
October 29th 2007



2806 Comments


Do you get everything that Victory Records ever puts out?

encmetalhead
October 29th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no i stay away from the emo and most pop-punk stuff(except for bayside and maybe a few others i don't even know whos still on the label) but i try to get all metal releases cause i might find something good but a lot of times a lot of it sucks

Tyler
Emeritus
October 29th 2007



7926 Comments


:victoryrecordsfan:

masscows
October 29th 2007



2236 Comments


lol is it the same guy?

encmetalhead
October 29th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

didn't see them on wiki list of bands in canada or i would have

Zoo
October 29th 2007



3759 Comments


You had to look up a "list of bands in Canada list" to know Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Strapping Young Lad, and Unexpect were from Canada?

encmetalhead
October 29th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i knew IE, SYL, adn Unexpect was but i wanted another band

jrowa001
October 29th 2007



8750 Comments


i lol'd when i saw this "The Autumn Offering Street Team." good review i guess, but i definitely won't be checking this out. btw i havent heard the new Autumn Offering but i can say i hated their last album

rino655
November 11th 2007



1 Comments


regurgitated crap with boring drums, boring vocals, boring guitars, and boring productionThis Message Edited On 11.11.07

TheIronWeasel
May 15th 2008



123 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very average, but theres some potential here.

jrowa001
March 2nd 2009



8750 Comments


i ended up checking this out and it was pretty bland. but a few days ago i downloaded their new album Night Storms Hailfire and its actually pretty decent

encmetalhead
March 7th 2009



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed new album is better than this



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