Roaring with venomous intent out of Hobart, Tasmania, RUINS blend an ominous Dark / Death Metal dynamic with robust, menacing and melancholic Black Metal. After a bleak winter of fertile creativity, the destructive Black Metal horde returns with its third full-length offering of dark, inverted Black Metal art. Hot on the heels of Debemur Morti Productions debut "Cauldron", the enraged antipodeans strike back with eight new compositions of eerily daunting yet thoroughly modern blackness, astutely conceived and precisely delivered. Propelled by prominent, rich drumming and constructed upon a chugging framework of classic (bleak, despairing) Black Metal, "Front The Final Foes" is a forceful, evocative demonstration of absolute defiance, a nihilistic knee to the nerve centre of existence. Awash with vehemence and contaminated by the sickly blackness that pulses unperceived through every dark heart, this is the personification of malignity, the birth of malice, the genesis of anti-life !
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This is one of the most overlooked modern black metal albums, and also one of the most rewarding upon initial listening as well as with repeated exposure. We could say that Mysterium sounds a lot like late-era Aosoth with a stronger death metal influence, and that should be enough to persuade you, but what makes Mysterium special is its total mastery of dynamics. The multi-textured black metal assault, regardless of tempo, never gets boring, and every musician here is performing at their peak. Ippocalyptica