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Within the Ruins

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Forgotten (3:23)
2. Fading Light (3:12)
3. Your Enemy (3:02)
4. To Walk Away (3:48)
5. Die Inside (3:59)
6. Waste of Life (3:21)
7. With this I Bleed (4:04)

Total Time 24:49

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Line-up / Musicians


- Joe Cocchi / Guitar
- Klye Marcoux / Guitar
- Kevin McGuill / Drums
- Tim Goergen / Vocal
- Mike Beaujean / Bass

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EP, Innerstrength Records, 2006

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Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Driven By Fear' - Within The Ruins (3/10)

This is the first EP from the technical deathcore band Within The Ruins, and even early on, it is clear that the band had some good musical chops. Like so many bands in this style however, their sound may be technically impressive and refined, but it is also incredibly formulaic and dry. That is the quick summary of my feelings towards the music Within The Ruins has made over the past few years. To this band's credit though, they started out on a much better foot than some of the other bands who have attempted to do the same thing, but I find myself fairly hard- pressed to remember a thing about this music after listening besides it being 'bland, technically impressive metalcore'.

'Driven By Fear' is the first official collection of tracks from the band, and I really find myself torn between either respecting the band for their technical skills, or disliking them for their utterly generic approach. For anyone who has heard a song or album from the often polarizing genre of deathcore, you can add some technical guitar work (sounding somewhat like Between The Buried And Me) and there you have Within The Ruins. As I have thought of this band since I started listening to them, they are quite good at crafting tech death riffs and fusing it in with the less interesting breakdowns or vocal-centric moments. The issue with the band is that the songwriting itself is never actually interesting, and instead its left to a handful of riffs here and there to keep me on my toes. The way this band executes their material is fairly good, although the gravity blasts on the drumkit is a little overdone. What is lacking though is any sort of memorable style to them. Within The Ruins makes no attempt to differentiate themselves from the legions of other technical metal bands that share their aesthetic.

A fairly lukewarm EP, and although I have become recently tolerant of the deathcore breakdowns that this band makes use of, its something I wish that Within The Ruins could do without. Maybe if they focused on their strong technical element, this band could do better than this.

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Review by J-Man
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1 stars Before being signed to Victory Records and becoming one of the world's most popular technical deathcore outfits, Within the Ruins released two EP's on Innerstrength Records. Driven by Fear is the first effort from this American five-piece, and it was released in 2006. Even this early in their career, Within the Ruins were a group of highly proficient musicians with a knack for creating very technical and demanding deathcore music. Even though they would improve their craft even more over the course of the next few years, Driven by Fear shows a talented young act that (unfortunately) comes across as rather generic and sterile in my eyes. Within the Ruins has never been a band to really impress me, and even though their sound is more technically demanding than your average deathcore act, it hardly differentiates from the lifeless sound that plagues the majority of the genre. For my money, Driven by Fear is an entirely disposable release that's only recommended to die-hard Within the Ruins fans.

The music here is a mix of deathcore, technical death metal, and few occasional touches of melodeath. I've said before that Within the Ruins is fairly standard "chug-chug-chug" breakdown-driven deathcore with a few wanky guitar sections for additional technicality, and even though that isn't entirely true, the music on Driven by Fear does come across as derivative and pretty uninteresting. There are a few decent riffs, but the songwriting just isn't that powerful or memorable. I find myself begging for this EP to end about halfway through; definitely a major issue when the product in question is under twenty five minutes. The production is also a lot less polished and professional than some later Within the Ruins efforts, and even though it's still competent, it sounds pretty dry and lifeless to these ears.

While not without its assets, Driven by Fear is a pretty unessential release in my opinion, even within the rather weak discography from Within the Ruins. Strong musicianship does not necessarily make strong music, and the lifeless compositions and generic deathcore approach exemplified on this effort are pretty good evidence of this. Maybe if the band ditched the sterile breakdowns they would impress me a bit more; whatever the cause for my distaste, I've yet to be impressed from this American outfit and this debut EP hasn't changed my mind. 1.5 stars are deserved for the quality musicianship alone, but this isn't one I'd easily recommend. The band's full-length albums are (slightly) better if you're still interested in checking these guys out.

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