Ruins- Chambers of Perversion

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

When was the last time that you looked at the cover of an album/EP and knew that is was going to kick ass? German one man black/thrash band Ruins has done just that with their newest EP Chambers of Perversion. I mean, look at this album cover. Doesn’t that just scream unholy, dirty, fast and loud fucking metal? The release came out on vinyl last year and got a CD press a few months back and if you’re into this super fast and catchy brand of black/thrash then don’t miss out.

There’s a lot of songs on Chambers of Perversion, but considering that the entire thing flies by in 18 and a half minutes it make sense to classify it as an EP. The instrumentals come flying out of the gate with sheer speed and intensity, and in general Ruins seems to follow the mantra of short, simplistic songs that are built around extremely catchy riffs. You can definitely hear the influence of bands such as Sodom and Bestial Mockery, but unlike many of the other modern day bands that are trying their hand at this genre Ruins actually understands how to properly pull this formula off. Even when the tempo is slowed down, the focus is squarely on killer guitar riffs wrapped in a dirty, gritty production and that’s exactly what fans would expect.

With black/thrash metal you typically have one of two vocals styles: low pitched growls or extremely high pitched shrieks/screams. Ruins falls into the latter category but their vocals are an interesting mix between traditional screaming and the type of aggressive fast paced talking that was common in crossover thrash. The vocals are appropriately manic and all over the place, and this makes them fit in perfectly with the fast paced and aggressive instrumental arrangements. What I personally found interesting was that the singer is actually pretty easy to make out in this material as this is a genre that is notorious for burying its vocals underneath a wall of sound, and it does help the EP stand out a bit more.

I’m not usually one to go for the whole “If you like genre X you’ll definitely like band Y” but this certainly seems to be the case with Chambers of Perversion. After all, if you dig aggressive black/thrash I don’t see how you wouldn’t like this EP as it has all of the genre elements done right. Ruins seems to understand what made the earlier acts attain such a cult following, so it will be interesting to see if the group’s future material continues to impress and if it can gain a following of its own.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Clawhammer PR

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