Ruins Of Earth

Ashes Of The Ocean EP

Written by: PP on 14/01/2011 02:53:25

Andover, Uk-based Ruins of Earth have elected to play metalcore by-the-books ignoring the saturation in the genre apparent years ago already on their five-track debut EP "Ashes Of The Ocean". They specialize in tight, brutal metalcore that recalls bands like The Autumn Offering, Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence and so forth, delivered at a high-octane speed and according to all the basic rules of the core textbook in the genre: tapped leads, technical-but-melodic delivery, slick soloing, harsh scream/growl combo, although clean vocals are admittedly left out on this release.

On paper, it reads well enough, but the problem is, we've heard this record a million times already in the last few years. For a young band to succeed in metalcore, the bar is set so ridiculously high because of the saturation found within the genre, requiring another "Undoing Ruin" or "Frail Words Collapse" for even a chance to be considered worthy of acceptance nowadays. Unfortunately for Ruins Of Earth, they fall foul of the same mistakes as so many other new metalcore bands you run across these days: they forget that technical guitar playing does not always a good song make. While "Ashes Of The Ocean" is by no means a bad record, it sounds exactly like all the other records we're used to hearing from the genre. The lack of originality and will to think outside of the box is staggering, leaving the songs sounding merely like decent metalcore songs, but not much more than that. You can't fault the band technically, but that doesn't necessarily meant hat the songs on the EP are something to write home about. For their next release, they need to truly develop as songwriters before people will take real interest in the band outside of their local scene.


Download: The Serpent's Curse
For the fans of: The Autumn Offering, The Black Dahlia Murder, Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence
Listen: Myspace

Release date 17.01.2011

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