Review Summary: Within The Ruins have brought the world another generic metalcore album and another cheesy technical album, all for the special bundled price of fifteen dollars. Or you could just save that precious fifteen dollars by staying far away from this album.
If 2008 was the year for the non-Metal Victory Records, 2009 looks to be the year we will hear and see the constant Victory Metal advertisements. This year looks to bring new albums from Darkest Hour, Between The Buried And Me, and The Autumn Offering among others while also bringing us the debuts of bands like Within The Ruins, Corpus Christi, and Wretched. One of those bands, Within The Ruins, is the focus of this review with their debut album Creature
. Within The Ruins comes from Westfield, Massachusetts and has already shared the stage with Emmure, August Burns Red, and Shadows Fall. They play a brand of technical metalcore, will they be able to stand out though?
By my first impression, “The Book Of Books
”, they will have two things holding them back on this album. The vocals are laughable at times, the worst is when they have their gang vocal parts, and the production doesn’t sound all that great. Let us first tackle the production problem here. It is very distracting to have this much echo on the guitars and drums, and have the vocals being almost swallowed whole by the guitars at points. These production problems makes the album seem like it was a low budget affair when in fact it was not and makes the producer look bad.
The vocals are metalcore to the core and bring nothing new to the table to enjoy. The few times they try their gang vocals, it comes off cheesy as hell and ruins what would have been a decent song, ex. “The Book Of Books”. The guitars come off as generic and like we have heard all of it before. Oh wait; we have heard all of this before from all the other technical metal bands out there. I will give the album credit; this does give all the “hardcore” scene kids an album full of “tasty” riffs and breakdowns. Once you get to the age of sixteen and above, you will not find this album worth keeping after a listen or two.
Within The Ruins have brought the world another generic metalcore album and another cheesy technical album, all for the special bundled price of fifteen dollars. Or you could just save that precious fifteen dollars by staying far away from this album. This is just another in a long line of Victory metal signings that fail to come close to the VIP section of Between The Buried And Me and Darkest Hour. In closing, this album is not worth your time or money.
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