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Arise and Ruin The Final Dawn

01. Bound by Blood 02. The Final Dawn 03. End of the Road 04. To the Grind 05. Amidst Devils 06. Unbound 07. Always the Same 08. Pale Horse 09. In Life 10. Fear Itself
2007 Victory Records
Our score 6


Heavy music is a genre defined by extremes, and there seems to be an inborn preoccupation with how technical a band can get, how "br00tal," how inventive, how noisy. Especially when it comes to the more technical music, this can lead to albums populated with bloated wankfests rather than actual songs. Guelph, Ontario's Arise and Ruin attempt to sidestep this pitfall on their debut by melding quick and fast hardcore song structures with Gothenburg thrash. Yeah. This is the first time in a long time that the combination of metal and hardcore didn't sound like a bunch of overused conventions stretched to the point of absurdity. Almost. On every track, Arise and Ruin come out the gates frothing, delivering some plain and nasty thrash. On a longer album, this would quickly become tiresome. They mix it up enough with lockstep drumming and some variation in the guitar harmonies that the tracks are generally discernable from one another. The songs are kept short, most of them barely breaking the three-minute mark, which allows the band to avoid the banal Gothenburg epics that never seem to know when to end. The Final Dawn's most glaring flaw is the addition of a chugging breakdown to nearly every track. In light of the technical abilities displayed in the first half of the songs, these parts feel completely tacked on to let the scenesters have a little dance. Even with concise songs that have a tendency to rely on horribly stale breakdowns, Arise and Ruin are still able to have a song sound epic without droning on for nine minutes. "Pale Horse" starts off at a trot and quickly escalates into some mammoth guitar work without sounding rushed, and truly stands out. Unfortunately, at the 2:30 mark, the track morphs into a chugging yawnfest to cap things off. If the band were to cut about five minutes from the collective breakdowns on the album, they'd have a wholly impressive first effort. As it stands, though, the tracks too quickly slide into mediocrity after a couple minutes of awesome. Bottom Line: I have to give it up to Arise and Ruin for creating a metalcore album that didn't bore me to tears. Anyone able to get past the chugga-chugga deedle-deedle breakdowns will likely find something to enjoy here. The songs sometimes sound too similar, but that seems to be more a matter of compression. These guys wanted to get in, shred and get out, and they definitely succeeded.


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LetMeEatThePooFromYourAss_ 12/8/2007 3:44:39 PM

written by a five year old

I_AM_FUCK_ 12/8/2007 4:29:28 PM


Fur_Beach_ 12/8/2007 7:41:23 PM

victory = fail

swampthang_ 12/8/2007 9:02:26 PM

meh, this piece of plastic shit deserves an a 0!!!

anonymous 12/8/2007 11:14:30 PM

sweet. more metalcore. just what we need.

flies_on_my_dick_ 12/8/2007 11:21:16 PM

from my home town still not a fan

Selvin_ 12/9/2007 1:00:53 AM

"these parts feel completely tacked on to let the scenesters have a little dance' ha, still one of the best things to come out of Ontario

atomsmasher_ 12/9/2007 10:43:48 AM

after seeing them open up for Dillinger last weekend, which actually no knew until we got into the club. they were entertaining but predictable. After Dillinger played their last note i totally forgot they even played to be honest. sorry boys but you were boring

atomsmasher_ 12/9/2007 10:49:17 AM

oh and ahh please for godsake stop with the Jamey Jasta impersonation lame very lame. Arise and Ruin are the very reason why metal in canada will remain mediocre at best in my opinion

anonymous 12/9/2007 2:16:09 PM

Despite there being numerous talented bands in Ontario that have worked just as hard, or harder, this is the shit that gets picked up. It drives me f*cking insane.

atomsmasher_ 12/10/2007 12:12:18 PM

My comments above should have read forgettable not boring

Tony Victory_ 12/11/2007 9:44:20 AM

Another quality DIY release for me

Jamerise Jastruin_ 12/11/2007 11:54:13 AM

You f*cking shithead. You don't know the first thing about breakdowns; we put a lot of time and effort into these br00tal m0sh parts, and it's one of the heaviest releases of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my crew sees you, you'll wish you never got out of bed that day. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about breakdowns, listen up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have not been able to find it, try TARGET, yes TARGET is stocking

lolz_ 12/11/2007 12:44:39 PM


atomsmasher_ 12/11/2007 12:51:54 PM

hey pal!!! shithead you say? what just a minute!!! if the listening public have decided that your release is 'not good' to be polite. Who the hell do you think you to say otherwise? whether it took 1 hour or 1` month to work on the perfect break. its up to us to decide if the release is shit or good or a classic so stop with the shit head crap! so why dont you look inside for that answer

boboo_ 12/11/2007 11:00:23 PM

this album totally ruins my erection.

anonymous 12/12/2007 3:50:43 AM


Papa Bear_ 12/16/2007 7:26:19 PM

Good album - been in my car for a few weeks now.

shardsofpaper_ 12/18/2007 8:22:20 PM

my mom eats this band for breakfast

metalmassacre_ 1/16/2008 1:30:16 AM

I agree with the review and think it's a good album.

xnadyshreddx_ 2/2/2008 9:40:47 PM

i liked this band like 2 years ago... i was young and stupid then... a bunh of 30 year old drunks playing breakdowns, just what we need