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Arise and Ruin The Fear Of

Arise and Ruin - The Fear Of
1. Always the Same
2. Nightshifts
3. Prologue
4. In Life
5. Rex Butcher
2006 Stereo Dynamite Recordings

Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 9/11/2006

Well since Arise and Ruin are supposed to be "the new face of Canadian extreme metalcore," I will say to Canada that you could do worse. I'm not the biggest fan of "metalcore" but I don't hate the genre all the time. These Canadian lads have put together five songs to comprise their debut EP, The Fear Of and it's fairly typical metal/hardcore, with enough personal elements to make it stand out a bit.

The one thing that I immediately noticed about this band is the suffix "core" barely applies. Arise And Ruin are basically a metal band, with "mosh" breakdowns, which is their only small link to hardcore. The good thing about this configuration is that these guys actually know how to put together some decent metal. Sure, it's nothing you haven't heard before, but it's all pieced together cohesively and can be catchy at times. My main gripe is that these five songs are a bit too similar. After a few listens, I am still finding these songs to be running together, and that's the mark of mediocrity in my opinion. However, there are few (mostly melodic) riffs that stand out and remind me of the styling of bands such as Arch Enemy and Soilwork. At other points, Arise And Ruin remind me a good bit of Unearth, both in songwriting and production, which isn't a coincidence considering Ken Susi of Unearth produced this release. All of these songs have big breakdowns, which sound as if they were given a bit more thought than your typical "mosh" band. I could do without so many of them, but at least with these breakdowns Arise And Ruin seem to be interested in coming up with slightly interesting combinations.

On the topic of production, I'm sure you know what to expect if you are familiar with Susi's work in the past. Everything is quite crisp, with the drums having too much "click" on the bass drum for my tastes. I also think the vocals are bit too high in the mix, but at least vocalist Ryan Bauchman has a good set of pipes.

This is also an enhanced CD, which contains three videos. Two of the videos are for the track, "In Life" (one being live, and the other being a professionally shot video) and the other is a live video of the song "Rex Butcher."

Bottom Line: This band seems to know their metal, and all the players sound like they are talented musicians. With time, and a little less trend-following, I bet these Canadians could do some serious damage.

Adam In Blood _   posted 10/27/2006 10:07:09 PM
best dudes in the history of life, the cd is wicked, but definatly does not do them justice for what they do, and sound like live.. unless you've taken this shit in live... you have no f*cking idea
ben_   posted 9/15/2006 9:42:42 PM
and by robbie i mean greg, not rob
ben_   posted 9/15/2006 9:41:24 PM
i wish there was a joe in my band, he would probably give coneez a better hand job than robbie
james_   posted 9/15/2006 3:00:02 PM
hey rob, could you put "mosh" in quotes one more time? and could you also never forget to mention how you usually don't like a lot of breakdowns? PLEASE DO IT.
dustinfuneral_   posted 9/13/2006 5:42:28 PM
good dudes, amazing live band :) glad to see a positive review!!!

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