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Cauldron
In Ruin




Company: The End
Release: 2016
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Addictive eerie metal



  • Canadian vets Cauldron are back at the Lincoln Country Social Club in Toronto for this fourth album to date. 'In Ruin' continues the trend set by the old school tried and true; simplistic bass lines enveloping mid-paced riffs that spill all over horror themes. It’s worked well for the band in the past and allowed the trio to perform all over the world with the likes of Diamond Head, Enforcer and Death Angel. While this album may seem rather mediocre (I almost deemed it unworthy in comparison to the back catalog), songs like 'Come Not Here' (creepy kids!), 'Corridors of Dust' (haunted house!) and 'Santa Mira' (Halloween 3) are still full bodied brews of addictive eerie metal. I love the instrumental 'Delusive Serenade' but beyond that handful of tracks…my playlist really stops there. 'In Ruin' is average effort but after hearing the same type of album the last three times, I’m looking for a bit more.


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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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