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on 15 November 2007
So someone knows I'm into my metal and recommends this lot to me. Apparently it's "totally brutal" and "the most violent thing [they]'ve ever heard." To me, this sounds pretty convincing. So in short order I splash out on a My Ruin album, specifically, this one, and void my CD player to put it in there, leaving Dark Angel's 1986 masterpiece "Darkness Descends" ignominiously on the floor.
"Underwhelmed" is an understatement at this point.
So why was I underwhelmed? Because it wasn't "brutal" or "violent" at all, it was just, dare I say it, boring. Flappy, needlessly downtuned guitar riffs (if you can even call them that), most of which seem plagiarised from 80s glam rock but with a Dimebag Darrell-esque guitar tone, played by someone who has the skill of neither, underpin dire, pretentious, irritating lyrics, which in turn are delivered in a voice that resembles endless vomiting.
Of course, not all of it was like that. There were these passages, such as on "Rockstar", where Tairrie B went into an oh-so-ironic little-girl voice before hitting us again with the blurting.
Maybe I'm some sort of cultureless philistine, but this pseudo-intellectual, poorly played, musically washed out heap of trash is not for me. I prefer music that actually is worth listening to, not stuff that becomes popular after hordes of Kerrang kids fap themselves to death over it. Get thee to some European thrash or some modern black metal and I guarantee that any of those will eat this lot for breakfast.