Ruina "s/t" CDPosted on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 @ 6:26am » permalink
I'm not entirely sure when Cospe Fogo Gravações released this self-titled full-length debut from Brazil's Ruina (The dates on MySpace say 2006, but the label's website and such seem to indicate that it's a newer release from this year?), but I was quite impressed by the band's three-song demo in 2004, and this material continues in a similar vein: Thick, driving metallic hardcore/punk with that His Hero is Gone/Tragedy sort of edge to it, and perhaps a hint more variety these days in terms of utilizing some drawn out instrumental passages that slow down a bit and get into some darker uses of plodding basslines and feedback, more spacious rhythms, occasional clean breaks, and some melodic lead lines to contrast the more explosive solos heard elsewhere. The recording is nice and warm, with efficiently dry tones and a very cohesive mix that keeps all of the elements closely bound without losing any detail, and while the overall approach here isn't exactly breaking new ground, that still doesn't hinder them in the least. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and Ruina has had a firm grasp on this niche of hardcore for several years now. They write powerful songs that carry a sense of emotion and feeling and cover just the right amount of stylistic ground to keep things interesting, and you can't complain about that. Good stuff…
Unfortunately I'm not seeing this CD around at any distros here in the US right now, though the label is supposed to have some distro through Crimes Against Humanity Records, so… you might try checking back there from time to time. Otherwise I'd go straight to the source and see about buying one from the band or label directly using any of the links provided here.