"Invade" (Victory; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Within the Ruins is a Massachusetts-based deathcore crew whose abusive seven-string guitar attack fuels their 11-track release, "Invade."

Unloading technically proficient riffs and fills and tortured growls galore (“Red Flagged”) while adroit drum beats pound out colossally heavy odd measured tempos (“Cross Buster”), Within The Ruins strikes a balance between frivolous and dangerous as their flashy and fancy guitar gymnastics lead to end-of-the-world breakdowns and floor-punching disintegrations (“Feast or Famine”).

At the end of the day though, it is all about the breakdown in deathcore, and Within The Ruins honors the genre by delivering its finest crumbled chugs and decelerated rhythmic drop-outs in between copious bouts of blistering guitars numerous times here for the kids to lose their minds to.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/withintheruins.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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