Within the Ruins
Empires


3.5
great

Review

by boristhebladexx USER (3 Reviews)
August 16th, 2008 | 9 replies | 9,364 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Within the Ruins brings some new ideas to the table with their debut CD "Empires"

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Within the Ruins is a technical metal band from Massachusetts. Relatively unknown outside of the greater New England area, it's a surprise they aren't signed yet. Within the Ruins plays a style of metal reminiscent of Veil of Maya and Meshuggah, filled with melodic riffs and oddly-timed breakdowns. Once you get a listen of Within the Ruins, you'll wish some bands had half as much talent as these guys.

"Empires" starts off with a few seconds of silence before a guitar slide leads into the first song, "Cash Her In." This song gives you a taste of what the rest of "Empires" will be filled with, extremely low-tuned riffs with breakdowns that never seem to repeat. As a listener, you get your first taste of epic-ness during the chorus of "Holy Mess," which features an angelic-sounding choir over a simple riff as vocalist Jon screams "The water's rising/the water's rising in her lungs." Next is my personal favorite, "Tractor Pull." Starting off with a trademark Within the Ruins riff, this song is non-stop from start to finish. The highlight is the chorus, with an epic build up, and even more memorable riff. "Tug of War" comes in with a slower, groovier opening riff, leading into a more melodic section than they usually play. "Floodgates" opens with a riff over a snare/hi-hat fill, and goes straight into more melodic section. The album ends with "Victory," a 2-minute instrumental that ends with the angelic chorus, similar to that of "Holy Mess."

The guitarists show precision with their lightning-fast riffs that seem to move all over the fretboard. They constantly switch up the breakdowns they're playing, throwing in some panning moves, 32nd notes, or some whammy bar madness to keep things interesting. For the most part, the vocalist utilizes a hardcore-style yell, but occasionally reaches for some highs. The vocals seem perfect for the style of music Within the Ruins plays, blending seamlessly with the other instruments. The drummer is one of the highlights of this band. Instead of going all blasty-blasty and showing off his br00tuhl foot speed, he lays back on some songs, letting the guitars take the forefront. The bass, as usual, is nonexistent, all though that may be because they did not have a bassist until a few weeks ago.

Overall, this is a wonderful album chock-full of melodic riffs, epic choruses, and technically interesting breakdowns. The production is extremely tight, and each member is technically proficient at their instrument. "Empires" is for anyone who enjoys technicality, spontaneous music, but doesn't want to listen to the same "deathcore" cliches over and over again.


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Bleak123
August 16th 2008



1902 Comments


upload the album art?

boristhebladexx
August 16th 2008



61 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

got it.

3rd review, let me know how i can get better!

myspace.com/withintheruins
^ check them out!This Message Edited On 08.16.08

Bleak123
August 16th 2008



1902 Comments


Probably a bit too short but lengths not everything and this is a pretty good review, I'll pos.

and ta for finding the artwork ;)

BallsToTheWall
August 16th 2008



44164 Comments


Snatch...ftw. Way too many bands are aping Meshuggah these days. I was content with Threat Signal and Textures but now the number of bands seem to multiply by the day. Reviews short but not too bad.

boristhebladexx
August 16th 2008



61 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i know it's a bit short, but so is the CD :D

boristhebladexx
August 16th 2008



61 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its not like they're raping meshuggah for their riffs, just some minor influence

boristhebladexx
October 27th 2008



61 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they have since signed to victory records

SylentEcho
October 27th 2008



1570 Comments


Within the Ruins. What an awesome name for a band. These guys must be earthquake survivors.

sexpoi
March 19th 2010



599 Comments


Snatch...ftw. Way too many bands are aping Meshuggah these days. I was content with Threat Signal and Textures but now the number of bands seem to multiply by the day.

I personally think Threat Signal sounds like a metal version of Linkin Park when the dude sings but the guitars are pretty good. I realize where ur comin from but I feel like all the bands that ape meshuggah are doing different things with the sound and the style that meshuggah created. also, with such an overabundance of riffs in the scene these days it's hard to make riffs that have been untouched but as long it is ur own well written interpretation of the riff and the whole song doesn't sound like a carbon copy then at least it is somewhat original.



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