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DIVINE RUINS is a progressive metal band hailing from Texas, USA. The band was formed in 1999 by vocalist Ronnie Stixx and keyboardist Charles Schultz, and shortly after guitarist Drew Creel, bass player Perry Arnn and drummer Mark Reyes completed their line-up.

The band quickly recorded a demo, "Guardian of Time", which received international attention. Their debut album "Sign of the Times" followed in 2001, a release which resulted in a lot of attention from Europe in general and Greece, Spain and Germany in particular.

In 2003 the band eventually folded when vocalist Ronnie Stixx decided to join British power metal outfit SHADOWKEEP, but by 2005 Ronnie was back in the US again, and revived the band.

By 2006 the band consisted of guitarists Shawn Noone and Ian Rendawn, drummer Mike Pittmen and bassist Mike Canales, and with a new line up and musical direction the band started touring as well as writing new material.

During 2007 the band worked on a new album which was to be called "Kingdom of the Sun"; but after the death of drummer Pittman in August 2007 due to brain tumor, and then main man Ronnie Stixx leaving the band to join VICIOUS RUMOURS in January 2008, the fate of the album as well as the band is pretty uncertain.

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 Sign of the Times by DIVINE RUINS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.00 | 2 ratings

Sign of the Times
Divine Ruins Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Divine Ruins is a progressive metal band formed in San Antonio - USA in 2000 and released so far a single album in 2004 named Sign of the times. Like many bands from this decade from USA they embrace the progressive metal genre with a lot of Dream Theater influences on instrumental passages and Queensryce on vocal department. The album is well developed where the voice of Ronnie Stixx (who also done some years at british power metal band Shadow Keep and now is member of famous power metal band Vicious Rumors) is on top here, great range and very elaborated voice, just great for this kind of music. The musicianship is ok, nothing over the top, but they manage to create a good album, with some good moments, specially the guitar and keys are very well done. Similar with Dream Theater Awake era, Divine Ruins bring nothing new is this genre, but as I said Sign of time is a pleasent journey in their musical vision. Best pieces are all, not a weak moment here, specially the opening track Sign of the times is excellent where the voice of mr Stixx is the cherry on the cake, also the last part of the song after min 4, the band truly shines in some brilliant instrumental passages very well orchestrated and very inventive. The middle of the album is the strongest, pieces 3.4.5 are a good example of Divine Ruins talent and capability to create something worth investigated. An Iron Maiden cover version - Flight of Icarus taken from Piece of mind is almost one on one with the original, no very much improvisation here, I guess they've done it for pleasure, but fits very well in the context of the album. This single album released so far by this unknow band desearve 3 stars for being pleasent most of the time.
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