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Within the Ruins
Phenomena

Company: Entertainment One
Release: 2014
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Bone-jarring riffs



  • Want something heavy that will get you jacked up like a ballplayer on juice? This is the album for you. Massachusetts based deathcore outfit Within the Ruins have returned with their latest offering, "Phenomena". Full of technical guitar work, down-tuned breakdowns and growling vocals, "Phenomena" is what you have come to expect from the genre. Tracks "Hegira", "Gods Amongst Men" and "Clockwork" are standouts showcasing the bands ability to craft very hook driven songs with anthem choruses set to the backdrop of bone-jarring riffs. The album itself doesn't show me anything really different from bands similar like Chelsea Grin, Upon a Burning Body, etc. And the fact that the songs tend to bleed together without any real difference detracts from the album as a whole. All in all it is a solid effort from a band well-cemented in the scene and very secure in their identity.


    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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    Greg Watson7/30/2014


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