Within the Ruins
Elite


3.0
good

Review

by John Henry Pitts, III USER (10 Reviews)
February 28th, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 02/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Within the Ruins take a one step forward/two steps back mentality with their signature “paint-by-numbers” approach to downtuned metalcore.

“Elite” Guitar Tuning: 6-string / G# D# G# C# F A#

On Within the Ruins’ debut album Creatures, a memorable guitar lead comes in at the end of the song Tractor Pull. Requiring lightning fast dexterity over the span of 7 frets, one can’t help but imagine the almost autistic-like mentality that is required to master guitar playing at this level.

It’s ultimately this “autistic-like” absent-minded quality that has continued to define (and ultimately limit) the potential of metal bands like Within the Ruins.

It has been no secret that the release for WTR’s “Elite” has seen several delays, with the release date originally being slated for Fall 2012. As is often the case in Hollywood, delayed releases usually speak to deeper problems, either with the product itself or the studio/label behind it.

The most frustrating thing about listening to Elite is in how much it sounds EXACTLY like Invade, considering the evolutionary leap in songwriting and creativity shown on WTR’s Omen EP.

"New Holy War," "Absolute Hell" and "Feeding Frenzy" feature some of the more memorable riffing, but honestly, ALL of the guitar gimmicks on Elite, from the Gojira/Danza-esque pick scrapes, to the Emmure “trademarked” Digitech Whammy Pedal pitchshifts coupled with immense (if predictable) breakdowns all fall flat due to an extremely lackluster production mix.

Overtly compressed/gated guitar tone and a completely inaudible bass take what is already tepid songwriting and render it even more 2-dimensional. Ultimately, each song plays out like an advanced level from Sonic the Hedgehog, careening into a sea of guitar leads with little regard for listener interest.

Vocalist Tim Goergen sounds endlessly lost in a myriad of songs that leave little room for dramatic interpretation. Guitarist Joe Cocchi does experiment with some odd delay/phaser effects on “I, Blaspheme” and “Weightless,” but by then it’s too little too late.

If WTR had strived to captured the raw energy of their live shows, the final product of Elite would have been all the better for it. Instead we’re treated to an overly produced, emasculated studio album that lacks low-end depth and rawness.

Within the Ruins could’ve been a genre-defying band, but in today’s market, where even the most youth-oriented bands like iwrestledabearonce and Veil of Maya have complex guitar leads . . . you need more to stand out from the pack than just technical chops (and breakdowns). Unfortunately, Within the Ruins have yet to have found their musical gambit.



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FearThyEvil
February 27th 2013


12758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So much talented goes to waste using mindless chugs.

DotEight
February 27th 2013


5643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Overtly compressed/gated guitar tone and a completely inaudible bass take what is already tepid songwriting and render it even more 2-dimensional."

The compressed guitar is their sound.

Inaudible bass - dude it's a metalcore record. You won't hear it on 95% of the rest of them either.

"Within the Ruins could’ve been a genre-defying band, but in today’s market, where even the most youth-oriented bands like iwrestledabearonce and Veil of Maya"

Sorry bro, neg.

Bad examples. Veil of Maya has been around forever, they aren't in their youth anymore. And IWABO doesn't have anything special about their leads.




NapalmCrusader
February 27th 2013


1737 Comments


I heard this yesterday. Not bad, but not great either.

NapalmCrusader
February 28th 2013


1737 Comments


Is just an average deathcore band with a lot of chugga chugga. I'm sure you will hate this.

KjSwantko
February 28th 2013


9448 Comments


You don't have a bad start to your review here, but add to it and form paragraphs instead of just 1-2 sentences and then a line break.

And why is the very first thing you mention the guitar tuning? This is something that should be detailed in the body of review somewhere.

grindpantera
February 28th 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I figured alot of WTR fans (like myself) are guitarists, hence why I threw in the tuning since Joe gets asked that question the beginning of every show, haha!

"Youth-oriented" as in bands that appeal to the younger late teens-early 20s set, which Veil of Maya/IWABO definitely fit into. Within the Ruins have toured extensively with both bands in the past 2 years, hence the comparison. They're all of the same "scene" whether or not you care to acknowledge.

Compressed guitars and lack of bass are fine when the ONE guitarist you have can write awesome songs. Genghis Tron and Pig Destroyer have proven that point on several releases.

Now where exactly do Within the Ruins fit along this spectrum???

MMX
February 28th 2013


4863 Comments


mehhh album

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2013


15214 Comments


I genuinely don't understand why every core band needs to name themselves "X the Y", makes me instantly hate them.

Digging: Blaspherian - Upon The Throne of Eternal Blasphemous Death

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2013


15214 Comments


You know me, I have the most varied taste on Sputnik.



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