Poison Ruin
Poison Ruin LP


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by Grumpy CONTRIBUTOR (32 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2021 | 11 replies


Release Date: 02/13/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dungeon ‘n’ Punk: is it any good?

Philadelphia's Poison Ruïn caused some fuss with their first check-in, especially among the “dungeon dwellers”. The old-school disguise and the eerie synths really carries the dungeon synth traditions from the ‘90s, but the spooky and misty Mortiis-worship mostly ends really fast as the punk kicks in… and that is pretty much Poison Ruïn summarized: dungeon and punk.

Basically, Poison Ruïn committed the same crime twice through their two demos: in each demo, a dusty and half rotten sound of dungeon synth mysticism welcomed the listener, followed by a drastic change in style: a similarly dusty punk / death rock riffage. And technically, ”Poison Ruïn S/T” is just the combination of the already existing demos.

The cobwebby, haunted atmosphere and the sweet, old-school aesthetics may cause a generally good impression in the beginning. After a few songs, it becomes clear that some of the magic doesn’t really work here, but this cannot be connected to one single reason. Generally, the whole thing becomes a bit samey and blunt right after a few songs in (especially on the vocal front, because it gets very annoying after a while). Despite this, there are a handful of really great riffs in songs like “Morning Star” or “Hell Hounds”, (especially in the second half / basically in Demo II); but the thing is: the overall creation lacks some charm. It’s not easy to explain, so here's an example: the very similar occult punk/death rock elements can be heard in Devil Master’s demos, and without those nasty and gritty vibes, this kind of music feels far more shallow and dull, or: far less memorable. Still, people who are very-very into this kind of aesthetic presentation will enjoy this release for sure.

My motto is always, “do not judge a band by their demos!”, and the notion of creating the term “dungeon punk” was more or less a noteworthy attempt, but in my opinion, this is not among those inventions which will be remembered for that long.



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garas
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March 2nd 2021


5926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Bandcamp: https://urgerecords.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-lp

or https://poisonruin.bandcamp.com/

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Pangea
March 2nd 2021


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nice review Contributing Reviewer garas

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garas
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March 2nd 2021


5926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2021


12212 Comments


Short and sweet write-up, man. This looks interesting, might give it a shot.

Conmaniac
March 2nd 2021


26372 Comments


ayyy good work! Prob not my style but ur review def gets the sound across clearly

garas
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2021


5926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks! And special thanks to the super kind Con for helping me out!



> This looks interesting

It is an interesting piece for sure. Rating aside, I kinda liked the second half (demo II), maybe you'd dig that too.

WeepingBanana
March 2nd 2021


10775 Comments


Wow surprised to see this here lol. I was just listening to this and I think it’s awesome!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2021


15912 Comments


Here it is, the first one as a dungeon contributing reviewer ;) Pos'd

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Dewinged
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March 3rd 2021


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"recommended by reviewer
Devil Master Manifestations"

OH!

And damn, can't pos you anymore dude, WTH.

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YoYoMancuso
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March 3rd 2021


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nice review Contributing Reviewer garas [2]

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March 3rd 2021


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nice review Contributing Reviewer garas [2365656]



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