Into the Ocean
Ruins


3.5
great

Review

by BroManCaptainGuySirDylan USER (19 Reviews)
November 16th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: To put things simply, due to their expansive genre experimentation and lack of boundaries there is a high chance that you will find something to like within Ruins.

Into the Ocean are a small band hailing from Melbourne, Australia who set out to play a combination of harsh metalcore and ambient electronica, although their sound runs much deeper that that. But before you groan at the notorious genre, Into The Ocean perform this task effectively and without leaving a sour taste with the listener. It’s hard to differentiate them from similar bands such as Attack Attack! or Dream On, Dreamer but it would mostly be that Into The Ocean has an overall better song construction, and doesn’t just throw in synth breakdowns for the sake of it.

Having said that, they should be labeled as something separate than the aforementioned groups but to be honest, to weigh them down with a genre is to do them injustice and miss the point entirely. It’s because Into the Ocean blend genres so smoothly and seamlessly that any one label would be completely inaccurate in describing their sound to someone and really must be heard to understand. It might sound a little contradictory, but while Into The Ocean share similar aspects towards that sound of music, they perform it with a lot more sophistication.

Each member performs their instruments exceedingly well, with special mentions for the synth and vocals. Both are strong and well defined without coming off as a replica of an already existing band or being overly cliche. Song construction and lyrics are both above the average mean, giving the EP a good sense of progression and song themes.

My only problem with the EP is that they seem to cover too many genres at once and aim a little too high. For example, the opening track ‘Migration’ starts off sounding like an indie rock band, following that ‘Idiots Of Noise’ is the most techno and electronica influenced, whereas ‘Atalanta Fugien’ is definitely the most metal sounding track. This is by no means a bad thing, as it gives the record an immense amount of variety, but it also leaves the listener worrying if the band can nail down their specific sound for a possible debut album.

To put things simply, due to their expansive genre experimentation and lack of boundaries there is a high chance that you will find something to like within Ruins. This bunch of musicians are surely talented, and should be checked out for fans of metal, rock or electro. I am greatly looking forward to hearing a full album sometime soon.



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InFiction
November 16th 2010


3659 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Now that I've finished high school (my last exam was yesterday) I have a lot more time on my hands, to which I can contribute more reviews. As usual, I would love some feedback on this. Also, props to Vooligan for recommending these guys to me.

Captain North
November 16th 2010


6787 Comments


I'm more than a little weary of another aussie synth-core band, considering House vs Hurricane.

InFiction
November 16th 2010


3659 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I think these guys are much better than HvH.

bloc
November 16th 2010


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

36 don't worry, this is nothing like H vs. H.

Migration and Atlanta Fugien ROOOOOOOOOOL

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Comatorium.
November 16th 2010


4116 Comments


anyone have a link to this? cant find it on demonoid and gbs is useless with this one

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InFiction
November 16th 2010


3659 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Here's their myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/intotheoceanforever

Jruined
November 17th 2010


1299 Comments


Got all excited when I saw this, thinking that the Japanese band Ruins had a new album out. Sounds interesting though so I'll give it a go.

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sexpoi
November 18th 2010


599 Comments


sounds pretty cool ill give this a listen. good review too

bloc
February 18th 2011


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

THIS IS MY ORCHESTRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

YOU ARE MY FINAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEE

InFiction
February 18th 2011


3659 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

That song is fucking ridiculous. I love it.

InFiction
June 30th 2011


3659 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Apparently these guys called it quits due to not having done anything for a few years. Fucking gutted, they had such
talent.

JJmcJizzle
October 13th 2011


100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love migrations. Brilliant intro to a good album. Shame these guys broke up. I never got to see 'em live.

iambandersnatch
February 19th 2012


1480 Comments


This sounds solid after a couple listens. They have genre similarities to Sky Eats Airplane (metal/screams/electronica) but really sound nothing like them. It's sad that these guys AND Sky Eats Airplane have both broken up.

Anyone know of anything halfway decent like this or SEA that still exists? Seems like most bands that play this combination are awful so it's slim pickings.



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