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Voices of Ruin
Born of the Dark

Company: Independent
Release: 2015
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Rekindled my faith in death metal

  • SoCal Death metal outfit Voices of Ruin should change their name to Voices of Restoration! I know the name doesn't have the same ring but this band has rekindled my faith in death metal and lit the beacons of Gondor for all other death metal bands to answer the call!

    "Born of the Dark" is hands down the best death metal album I've heard in a long, long time. Combining melodic intros with death metal riffing, black metal blastings and some of their own flavor, Voices of Ruin have created the recipe for a bloody good death metal album. Putting this in to words is damn near impossible. The sound on "Born of the Dark" has that feeling of being something equal parts familiar and fresh. I just know that when I listened to this release that I was totally and completely blown away by what was carried in to my ears. With bone crushing riffs, soaring melodic guitar work, aggressive percussion and one hell of a vocalist, "Born of the Dark" is the album that will bring death metal fans in zombie-like hordes back to the fold and reawaken the rabid animal inside us all. Tracks like "The Awakening", "A Ghost Inside" and "Fallen" polarize your auditory senses before sneaking in with a hammer to crush your skull to a bloody pulp.

    Vocalist Dave Barrett has a very unique delivery, combining black metal elements with a bit of a death metal bark to give you a style of vocal somewhat familiar yet also very different. His anger and raw emotion course through the songs and your ears. Guitarists Tom Barrett and Steve Carlton deliver a melodic punch to the solar plexus and then follow that up with razor sharp riffing to flay your skin from your face. Then drummer Lonnie Vanhorn and bassist Wally Myers come in to finish the job by mashing you to tiny little bits with the rhythm section that shakes the foundations of the Earth.

    The production doesn't muddle anything up and adds a surgical clarity to the sound, allowing you to experience the assault unencumbered. Voices of Ruin have roared in the face of a genre that was mired in stagnation and have called out all the other bands to step up to the plate. This band will become very well known shortly and I suggest you become a part of that trend and go out and buy this album before you are left out of the carnage!

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    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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    All reviews for Voices of Ruin:
    Born of the DarkVoices of Ruin
    Greg Watson3/19/2016

    All interviews for Voices of Ruin:
    Dave BarrettVoices of RuinGreg Watson8/12/2016

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