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The musical direction on Ruin is a lot harder, noisier, more angular and generally more extreme than the albums which would follow it, while at the same time not just as extreme and complicated as what preceded it, in part due to Sam Carter's UK Hardcore Scene influenced vocal style and use of clean vocals.
There are moments of melody, moments of aggression, a reasonable amount of blast beats and a lot of interlocking rhythmic patterns forming the basis of songs. The songs in question all fit together well and although some tracks can feel a little similar at times the album is a decent length, so doesn't begin to drag or overstay its welcome. The musical consistency, lack of filler and respectable production make Ruin a pretty stand up album all around.
Album highlights include the single `Buried At Sea,' the interesting album closer `Save Me,' and the enjoyable `Heartless' which is mixes crushing rhythmic metal with a soulful Post Hardcore sounding lead that almost foreshadows the direction that the band would later take on The Here And Now in part, while still staying fairly true to their Botch, Sikth and Dillinger Escape Plan influenced past.
Overall, Ruin is a good album and if you like Architects you really ought to get yourself a copy. If The Here And Now is the only album that you've heard by them then it may take a bit of getting used to as it is a lot, lot heavier, but the level of musicianship is still high and you should become accustomed after a few listens.
Thankfully Architects haven't missed the mark by any stretch of the imagination. Picking up where 'Nightmares' left off this is near brilliance. A vocalist change has left us with, in my opinion, a better vocal range (i did feel some vocals on their debut sounded a bit samey after a while). The SikTh-esque guitars are still there, giving perfect contrast to the bass and percussion excelllence...and when combined with the vocals...amazing!
I'd catch them live if i were you as well!
An album any band would be proud to release.
You will not regret buying this.Fans of the old singer might not be too happy ,but the new singer is just as good, in my opinion.The screaming is very powerfull in places, and the inventiveness of the music never fails to amaze.The highlights for me are "Always", "north lane" and Save me"
For a 'mathcore' band, i find that it misses the mark slightly - i was expecting Dillinger or SikTh-esque time changes and rhythms, something that really makes you go cross-eyed. What i found was that the album is all too formulaic. that's not to say that it's all 'verse-chorus-verse' etc, but that you could label each song with a 'breakdown' section, a 'complicated' section, a 'melodic' section...this leads to the album sounding slightly samey all the way though. this isn't helped by the fact that with the exception of mid-paced blast-beats, most of the songs seem to go along at the same tempo...
My only other complaint is the melodic vocals - a complete let down. on tracks such as North Lane, its as if Hawthorn Heights have snuck into the studio for a few seconds, with the vocalist's voice suddenly becoming weaker and relying on predictable melodies.
Other than this, the album packs a punch thanks to its drop tuned guitars and pounding drum work, and for the most part, embittered vocals. Sadly in its inevitable comparisons to bands such as DEP and SikTh, this album won't fare as well.
For fans of Hollow crown's heavier songs.
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This album arrived yesterday and i gave every track a proper listen, this is such a powerful album. The instrumental work on this album is absoloutely outstanding and sam carter's... Read morePublished on 17 July 2008 by J. J. Gilligan