Within the Ruins
Creature


3.5
great

Review

by David Witten USER (12 Reviews)
February 14th, 2009 | 58 replies | 18,198 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Guitars

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Within the Ruins sure can play guitar. The leads, technical patterns, and chugging riffs are all executed to near perfection on Creature. The drums are there and sound fine, but they never stand out anywhere near as much as the guitars do. There is probably a bass player, but he is almost always covered up by the guitars. Within the Ruins also has a vocalist, but he’s a trifling annoyance standing in the guitars’ way. Within the Ruins is your typical metalcore band, only better at their instruments and way more interested in showing off.

There isn’t much to this album behind the guitars, but damn are they good. They’re executed flawlessly throughout the album. Though not all the riffs are memorable, a great number of them are. The guitars are always the focal point, even during the chugging breakdown parts you find yourself listening to the chugging instead of the guy yelling monotone over them. The vocalist has two ranges: moderately high and moderately low. He gets his job done, but for the most part he’s pretty boring. The only time he even seems remotely important is during the breakdowns. And even then he only gets a few seconds to be heard before another guitar part comes in flying all over the place and diverting the listener’s attention.

There is a bass player. His name is Madison. If you listen incredibly closely you might be able to hear him imitating the guitar part being played over it. The drummer, whose name is Drummer, is a pretty good drummer. He’s nothing fantastic, but as stated above he gets his job done. He uses a lot of double bass kicks, and a high number of snare hits. And, during almost every breakdown, he smashes the crash symbol in time to the music. It’s incredibly generic, but it fits the music just fine.

Within the Ruins are pretty good, overall. They have plenty of talent and potential, but they really need to work on one aspect of their music; the songwriting. There are some very interesting parts in some of the songs, and Holy Mess seems especially well put together. The band really just seems like a platform for the guitarists, Joe and Kyle, to show how ***ing fast they can play, and how ***ing weird and technical their riffs are, and how if they play really ***ing high and fast they can sound like ***ing video game music. The vocalist, Jon, just seems like he was brought into the fold to hang out with them and yell one-liners during the breakdowns. It works, but it could be so much more. Hopefully they will work more on making structured, technical songs with their talented guitarists, instead of making more music to show off their shredz. Creature is still a pretty damn good metalcore album, but it needs work. It’s worthy of checking out for the riffs and the dual guitar interplay, which at times is quite impressive. The songs are nice but are pretty similar to each other. Within the Ruins may be great in the future. They have all the tools. They just need to put them together.

Pros
-Consistent
-Guitar work is top-notch
-Some good breakdowns

Cons
-Repetitive
-Songwriting is sometimes lacking
-Vocals and drums are merely average

Recommended Tracks
-Arsenal
-Tractor Pull
-Holy Mess



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DWittisarockstar
February 14th 2009



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a couple days early but whatever.

marksellsuswallets
February 14th 2009



4848 Comments


The few songs I listened to off this were pretty bland. The guitar playing never really came off as that technical to me, everything was just harmonized constantly. I mean there were a few quick passages but never anything close to mindblowing...maybe I'm just listening to the wrong songs or something idkThis Message Edited On 02.14.09

OllieS
February 14th 2009



2024 Comments


Good review although seemed a bit too casual

bastard
February 14th 2009



3435 Comments


decent review, i definitely don't think i'd like this.

DWittisarockstar
February 14th 2009



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean, they aren't PtH or anything, but I love their guitar parts.

And yeah it's casual and doesn't have a true opening paragraph, I review much better when I just write.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2009



17114 Comments


sounds cool. i be checkin this out

Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

Gore
February 14th 2009



332 Comments


might check it out 'cause of the album art and GUITARS


encmetalhead
February 14th 2009



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

um this is going to be deleted unless a link to a stream shows up

bastard
February 14th 2009



3435 Comments


moderator victoryrecordsfan at your service

encmetalhead
February 14th 2009



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Eh i dont come often enough to be a mod, but i know the rules. I got to review this CD, it's no higher than a 2.5, maybe a 2?

Pebster49
February 14th 2009



2987 Comments


really I thought it was quite interesting

encmetalhead
February 14th 2009



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think the production is causing me to not like it as much. The production sounds so murky...

Pebster49
February 15th 2009



2987 Comments


I wish I could find this somewhere

DWittisarockstar
February 15th 2009



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Eyes of a Traitor isn't out for a week and a half, and no one cares about Victory records or this band so it probably won't be deleted. If it is, oh well, I'll repost in two days.

Pebster. Someone once told me if you liked [goodnoisycore] (music) you should [DOT] it and go to [blogspot.com].

And ENC how can you give ADTR a fucking 5 and this a 2? ADRT's new album is an obvious step down in originality.This Message Edited On 02.15.09

encmetalhead
February 15th 2009



744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice way of not being updated, i bumped it down to a 4, and like i said it may be the production of this album.

Pebster49
February 15th 2009



2987 Comments


Pebster. Someone once told me if you liked [goodnoisycore] (music) you should [DOT] it and go to [blogspot.com].

lol, your genre title made me laugh, but thanks

marksellsuswallets
February 16th 2009



4848 Comments


Are there at least any decent solos on this? The only one I heard in the MySpace tracks was pretty underwhelming.

DWittisarockstar
February 16th 2009



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dislike solos, so I didn't give them a mention. The leads and rhythm sections are the highlights, not really any solos.

And Pebster I was hinting at you going to a website. a website whose url i gave in the brackets. The real genre of this is metalcore

and sorry on not bookmarking your ADTR review. I have school.This Message Edited On 02.16.09

Timothee
February 18th 2009



29 Comments


They need a better vocalist :/
i love their style of guitar playing
ridiculous shred riffs


sspedding
February 18th 2009



4714 Comments


sounds exactly like After The Burial/Veil of Maya/Born of Osiris

BUT i like all them bands so ok.

Complete Meshuggah rip off though.



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