Who says a band needs to disappear for years at a time between albums? Pantera
dropped a classic album every other year from 1990 to 1996. The late Chuck
Schuldiner unleashed seven classic Death albums in the span of just over ten
years. So when a band hits the kind of creative stride, chemistry and metallic
momentum WITHIN THE RUINS tapped into with last year s breakthrough album they
d be fools to slow down now. Within The Ruins wasted no time in crafting a new
career-defining landmark, Phenomena. The band s new album is the next step
forward from Elite, further jettisoning all but the best components of the
oft-maligned deathcore genre to reveal a band whose all-out assault of
heaviness won t be confined by genre. The band shreds with the best of them of
course, maintaining a place next to Between The Buried And Me and The
Faceless, but the new album is even more about songs than scales.Phenomena
maintains an emphasis on showmanship with ever increasing diversity, smartly
sidestepping predictable structures and contrived breakdowns. Within The Ruins
are exploring the type of sonic textures and esoteric territory explored by
Gojira. In some spots, a more nuanced vocal assault creeps in, with powerful
might. Album kickoff Gods Amongst Men boasts a clearly defined chorus, the
first of its kind to truly emerge. Fans of the slower, sludgy groove of
Feeding Frenzy are sure to dig The Other. The dissonant guitars and evocative
synthesizers of Calling Card would seem out of place in their earlier work,
but on Phenomena, it s just part of the rich tapestry. The fans wholeheartedly
embraced Elite. Considering how much Phenomena takes Within The Ruins music to
the next level, there s no limit to how far this band can go.
- Audio CD (July 22, 2014)
- Original Release Date: July 22, 2014
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Metal/Entertainment One
- #11155 in Metal
- #62354 in Rock (CDs & Vinyl)
- #103851 in Pop (CDs & Vinyl)
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