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In Ruins craft the kind of atmospheric black metal that is brutal, yet beautiful. Each song on Four Seasons of Grey is a sweeping epic of dark grandeur, marrying the aggression and tortured howls of classic early-'80s death metal with the more textured gothic romanticism of mid-'90s Scandinavian black metal. Misty nylon string guitar arpeggios and lacy pseudo-classical harpsichord segments balance out the distorted power riffage to evoke a sensual, albeit slightly satanic, experience.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s

In Ruins began as a series of basement demos recorded by founder/mastermind J. Michael in 1994, while the Reading, PA, native was still fronting the local metal outfit Inner Sanctum. Working on his own with a sequencer, Michael laid the sonic foundations for In Ruins with an EP of textural, gothic black metal that was released under the moniker Black Thorns in 1996. The demo, which bred the influence of classic brutal metal (Venom, Celtic Frost) with more classically tilted European metal atmospherics,...
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