In Ruins - _For Seasons of Grey_
(Metal Blade/Attic, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
The thing that works for me with this record is the harsh vocals and the violent overtones emitted from the rampaging music. Very much old school metal sounding (i.e., Venom) at times, In Ruins manage to also break away from a stereotypical (and sometimes boring) metal mood and break out, capturing a very solid metal sound, placing high interest in flamboyant guitar riffs and a heart-pounding groove. Throw in medieval times' ideals and this is a powerhouse to contend with. While many metal fans out there might give this LP a listen for the sake of it, only fans that appreciate hard work and sweat will understand what kind of effort has been put into this LP. Great songs, including "Nocturne" and "Black Thorns". Another solid release from Metal Blade this year, along with Beseech, King Diamond, God Dethroned and Amon Amarth.

(article published 1/10/1998)

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