WITHIN THE RUINS – Black Heart- english


on the highest technical standard WITHIN THE RUINS (Facebook )from the States have thrown into the race with their new longplayer „Black Heart“ on 27.11.2020. The men interpret the metalcore in their special way, by going to work highly technically sophisticated and partly already quite progressive.

Taken to the extreme

they have it done now with the new songs. I must admit that I was torn while listening to the album. On the one hand, I was totally flashed by the technical skills, but also partly in some songs really overwhelmed to follow the whole thing. It pelts so much on the listener that you do not know where to listen first and you are completely overwhelmed.

The opener „Domination“

makes it directly clear where it’s going. Here is bolted and shredded what the material could give. However, sometimes clean chorus sounds are sneaking in. But the song has for me still a structure that I can follow and it captivates me with cool rhythms and concise nimble lead guitar chords that are really world class. And you think to yourself that everything is already given here. But no! You have made the calculation without WITHIN THE RUINS, because with „Deliverance“ they add a huge progressive load to it and execute the craziest tempo changes and Breakdowns with changing vocals and crazy frickeligen chords, which rush through the musical scale. It really makes your jaw drop. You have to process that first. In any case, technically quite great cinema!

Too much

It is truly impressive how the men play their instruments according to all rules of art and the song structures partly take crazy forms. That is one thing. The other thing is that there is just too much happening on the whole material and I lose the overview. I have listened to the record again and again and actually it is difficult for me to keep some of the songs apart, because I miss a red thread or recognizable structures within the whole fireworks of the arts. So at least for me the soul of a song is lost somewhere.

Really strong

for me are the moments where the sound is not so pumped up. Thus, the song „Devil In Me“ pushes almost pleasantly „simple“ by the hearing. The song is an example where the otherwise very present lead guitar is used a bit more dosed. In addition, the song seems more stringent and more accessible, because it is not so overloaded as a whole. In addition, the melodic chorus brings in a nice touch. This is an example of recognizability. I also liked the song „RCKLSS“, which plays up quietly and restrained compared to the rest of the material. It develops a great atmosphere, gloomy and melancholic it moves forward track by track, with the lead guitar sounds blending in nicely in harmony and dancing on the thick fat bass lines until the lead guitar finally takes off for a mercilessly good guitar solo.


WITHIN THE RUINS have dropped a mega bomb that lets all their arts and skills sweep over humanity in one big explosion with pressure and vehemence. Personally, it’s just too much of the high technical thing overall and a little less would have actually been more. Nevertheless, it has become a horny impressive album. As a fan of technically playful and intricate songs in this genre is a must buy anyway.

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Seit meiner Kindheit höre ich gerne Rockmusik. Es hat mit Gary Moore, Scorpions, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, AC/DC usw. angefangen, also quasi mit den Großen der 80'er und 90'er Jahre. Mit zunehmendem Alter ging der Musikgeschmack immer mehr auch in die härtere Richtung. So finden sich mittlerweile auch viele Core-Platten, so wie Black-und Death-Metal Kracher in meiner Sammlung. Daher bin ich in fast allen Bereichen des Rock und Metal unterwegs. Eine besondere Vorliebe habe ich für den Underground entwickelt, wo es richtig brennt und es viele hochklassige Bands gibt, die den Großen der Branche in nichts nachstehen, ganz im Gegenteil. In diesen Sinne: Stay tough, stay heavy!

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