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.
About this Writer: 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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