|Review: Ruins - Place of No Pity|
|Place of No Pity|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 21, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:Place of No Pity
Now this is cool. Ruins unleash some dark and dirty black metal on their fourth full-length release Place Of No Pity. For the uninitiated, Ruins play a style of riff-based black metal, which tends to focus more on the minimalistic riffs, technical drumming and dark atmospheres. The style isn't too far away from the likes of later Satyricon or even Celtic Frost.
I really like the riffs here on Place Of No Pity. They're a little slower than what I'd normally come to expect from a black metal act, although this stands as nothing but a boon for Ruins' sound. The riffs are catchy, and really fucking heavy. I've also found a lot of excitement from the drumming, courtesy of Psycroptic sticksman Dave Haley. Not only is his performance quality, with beats that beg to be air drummed, but also the drum sound on the whole is cracking. The vocals are well done here too which is just ace, decipherable yet perfectly aggressive.
If there's any negatives on Place Of No Pity, I've found them to lie in some of the longer songs which ever-so-slightly overstay their welcome. On the whole though, the album is pretty damn killer. As I've said there's plenty of wicked riffs, and the drumming is really cool, if a little clicky in places. Ruins are definitely a band worth investigating for the black metal fan, especially if you like it a little slower and with clean production.
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